2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
    May 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Combined Computer Science, BA & Cyber Security, MS


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The combined B.A.in Computer Science/M.S in Cybersecurity program allows students to earn a B.A. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Cybersecurity in 5 years. Up to 9 semester credit hours of graduate electives at the CS/CEG 6000/7000 may be double-counted and applied to both the B.A and M.S degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Full-time student
  • Computer science major
  • Have accumulated between 60 and 90 credit hours toward degree
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2
  • Overall GPA in computer science and engineering courses of at least 3.2
  • Complete the admission application

Once admitted to the program, the student must complete a program of study for the M.S. in Cybersecurity.

B.A. Program Learning Objectives

Three to five years after matriculation, graduates of our Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science program will be:

  • Expert: Graduates of the computer science program are employable as computing professionals and will be recognized by their employers as well-prepared for their career in computing.
  • Adaptive: Graduates understand that education is a lifelong process and are well prepared for continuing studies.
  • Engaged: Graduates demonstrate an appreciation for the professional, social, ethical, and leadership roles of computing professionals.
  • Applied: Graduates can apply computing and software development principles to a diverse range of domains, such as analytics, data science, informatics, management, etc.

M.S. Program Learning Objectives

Graduates of the Masters of Science program in Cybersecurity will have:

  • The ability to integrate and apply graduate cybersecurity knowledge to solve complex cybersecurity issues and challenges.
  • The ability to understand and integrate new knowledge within the field of cybersecurity into their professional activities.
  • The ability to recognize the need for, and engage in, life-long learning.
  • A deeper understanding of the breadth and depth of cyberspace and the inefficiencies and shortcomings of our existing evaluation systems to deal with cybersecurity threats.
  • An understanding of the unique characteristics of cyberspace and how these unique characteristics affect/influence cybersecurity threats.
  • The ability to identify social, political, and economic factors/impacts of cyber threats and be able to identify and discuss ethical issues related to cybersecurity and privacy.
  • Recognition of the basic concepts of cybersecurity defense and be able to use software tools for malware identification and elimination, data encryption and transmission, and key-based authentication.

B.A. Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science will have an ability to:

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  • Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.

M.S. Program Learning Outcomes

  • The ability to integrate and apply graduate cybersecurity knowledge to solve complex cybersecurity issues and challenges.
  • The ability to understand and integrate new knowledge within the field of cybersecurity into their professional activities.
  • The ability to recognize the need for, and engage in, life-long learning.
  • A deeper understanding of the breadth and depth of cyberspace and the inefficiencies and shortcomings of our existing evaluation systems to deal with cybersecurity threats.
  • An understanding of the unique characteristics of cyberspace and how these unique characteristics affect/influence cybersecurity threats.
  • The ability to identify social, political, and economic factors/impacts of cyber threats and be able to identify and discuss ethical issues related to cybersecurity and privacy.
  • Recognition of the basic concepts of cybersecurity defense and be able to use software tools for malware identification and elimination, data encryption and transmission, and key-based authentication.

For More Information

 

Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 40 Hours


Mathematics: 4 Hours


Global Traditions: 6 hours


Required

Arts/Humanities: 3 hours


Social Science: 6 hours


Natural Science: 8 Hours


Additional Core Courses: 7 Hours


II. Computer Science and Engineering Courses: 58 Hours


A. Required Computer Science Courses: 17 Hours


C. CS/CEG Electives (2000 level or higher): 15 Hours


9 credit hours must be at the CS/CEG 2000/3000/4000 level

         *CEG 3400 required prerequisite for MS Cyber Security

6 credit hours must be at the CS/CEG 4000 level

          *CEG 4350 required prerequisite for MS Cyber Security

D. B.A.- M.S. Dual Credit Electives: 9 hours


III. Quantitative Reasoning: 4 Hours


IV. General Electives: 18 Hours


Electives may be from any area of study approved by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering

V. Project Option: 21 hours


A. Cyber Security core courses:


The 9 credit hours of the B.A. - M.S. Dual Credit Electives may be M.S. Cyber Security Core Classes or Cyber Security Electives.

B. Cyber Security Electives:


The 9 credit hours of the B.A. - M.S. Dual Credit Electives may be M.S. Cyber Security Core Classes or Cyber Security Electives.

C. Project: 6 hours


V. Thesis option: 21 hours


A. Cyber Security core courses:


The 9 credit hours of the B.A. - M.S. Dual Credit Electives may be M.S. Cyber Security Core Classes or Cyber Security Electives.

B. Cyber Security Electives:


The 9 credit hours of the B.A. - M.S. Dual Credit Electives may be M.S. Cyber Security Core Classes or Cyber Security Electives.

C. Thesis: 9 hours


Submission of an approved CS Master’s thesis

Total: 141 hours


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