M.S. Computer Science: Cyber Security Concentration


Program Requirements:

Cyber Security Master

M.S. Computer Science:

Cyber Security Concentration

The CPSC-Cyber Security, M.S. program requires a student to complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate work including a thesis, or 36 semester hours of graduate work including a project.

Students admitted to the program who lack academic experience in certain areas will be required to complete up to 18 hours of additional course work in mathematics and/or the computer science foundation courses listed below (CPSC 5000, 5010, and 5020, or their undergraduate equivalents) in order to gain needed competencies.

All students admitted to the program must complete 15 semester hours of required courses from the computer science core courses listed below. The student must also complete the 6 semester hours of required Cyber Security core courses listed below. The program also includes 6 hours of thesis and 3 hours of Cyber Security elective courses; the student (in consultation with his/her major adviser and the graduate program coordinator) can select an additional 3 hours of elective coursework in an area of interest within or outside of computer science.

Students may elect to undertake a project in lieu of a thesis. In this case, 3 additional hours of Cyber Security elective coursework and 3 additional hours of elective course in the student’s interest area, for a minimum total of 36 hours of graduate credit, are required. The courses used for these additional 3 elective hours are subject to the approval of the major adviser and the graduate program coordinator.

With either the thesis or project option, a minimum of 21 hours of credit must be from UTC computer science courses at the 5000 level or above (not including CPSC 5000, 5010, or 5020, which may not be used to fulfill degree requirements).

Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average and are subject to all general regulations of The Graduate School, such as those regulating admission to candidacy, transfer of credits, time limitations, thesis, and degree conferral.

Cyber Security Specific Curriculum Information:

Cyber Security, M.S. Graduate Catalog (2019-2020) 

Core M.S. Computer Science Curriculum Information:

Computer Science Elective Courses may be chosen from:  
Subject/Crse Course Name Fall Spring
CPSC 5110 Mobile Computing    
CPSC 5120 Software Project Management    
CPSC 5130 Cloud Computing  
CPSC 5140 Design of Distributed Systems    
CPSC 5150 Design of Web Interfaces    
CPSC 5160 Structured Data Exchange    
CPSC 5170 User Interface Development    
CPSC 5180 Programming Languages for Advanced Data  ✔  
CPSC 5200 Automata, Complexity, and Computability    
CPSC 5230 Decision Support and Business Intelligence    
CPSC 5240 Principles of Data Analytics  
CPSC 5250 Medical Informatics    
CPSC 5270 Advanced Database and Database Security  
CPSC 5400 Topics in Simulation    
CPSC 5420 Programming with SAS    
CPSC 5440 Introduction to Machine Learning    ✔
CPSC 5450 Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence    
CPSC 5460 Pattern Recognition    
CPSC 5500 Computer Graphics Applications and Algorithms    
CPSC 5510 Advanced Computer Graphics    
CPSC 5530 Data Visualization and Exploration    ✔
CPSC 5560 Computer Data Communications    
CPSC 5570 Internetworking    
CPSC 5580 Software Defined Networks    
CPSC 5600 Advanced Biometrics and Cryptography  
CPSC 5610 Advanced Information Security Management    
CPSC 5620 Computer Network Security  
CPSC 5640 Internet Security Protocols    
CPSC 5660 System Vulnerability Analysis and Auditing  
CPSC 5680 Computer Forensics  
CPSC 5710 Microcomputer Systems Architecture    
CPSC 5720 Real-Time Embedded Systems    
CPSC 5820 Legacy Computing Systems    
CPSC 5850 Compiler System Design    
CPSC 5910r Special Topics  
CPSC 5920r Graduate Internship in Computer Science  
CPSC 5950r Design Project    
CPSC 5997r Individual Studies  
CPSC 5998r Research    

A project typically has well-defined requirements; it is expected to be of graduate quality but is of such a nature that it can be completed within a single semester, given diligent effort on the student’s part.

Requirements are established by the faculty member who is instructor of record for CPSC 5900 and generally include interim status reports, a final written report, and a presentation/demonstration of the finished project.

Project topics may be suggested by the student, a faculty member, or an external client (e.g. a company or non-profit organization) and must be approved by the CPSC 5900 instructor.

A thesis generally involves the pursuit of a more open-ended research objective, and results in the writing, oral defense, and publication of a paper of substantial length and scholarly quality. The research and writing of the thesis always requires at least two semesters, and may take longer depending on a variety of factors.

A total of at least 6 credit hours in CPSC 5999r must be successfully completed. The credits may be distributed over two or more semesters 3/3, 2/4, 4/2, 2/2/2, etc. with the proviso that the student must be enrolled for at least two semester hours of thesis during the semester that the thesis is completed and submitted to the Graduate School.

Before registering for CPSC 5999r thesis credits, the student must establish a thesis committee consisting of a chairperson and at least two other persons, all of whom must be members of the UTC graduate faculty. (See the Graduate School web site for the thesis committee appointment form and the list of graduate faculty members.) The committee must approve the student’s proposed thesis topic, the completed thesis, and the thesis defense in order for the student to receive his/her degree.

Once a student enrolls in thesis credits, he/she must continuously enroll in CPSC 5999r each semester until the thesis is completed. It is not necessary for the student to take CPSC 5999r during Summer terms unless the student plans to complete the thesis for August degree conferral.

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