The MS-CBS degree is a unique program in that it is an interdisciplinary program of study among three colleges: Business, Engineering, and Science. Due to this collaboration between the colleges, students will be exposed to a diversified core curriculum with a choice of 3 different elective tracks; having in-depth curriculum in their track while gaining familiarity in the other two. Upon graduation students will be able to perform Cybersecurity Analysis of vulnerabilities and threats to network environments, Network Penetration Testing, Auditing for Certification & Accreditation, and Technical Project Management in Information Technology. Students will also be able to integrate the business and scientific underpinnings of information technology trends related to the System Development Life Cycle and understand the federal, state & local statutory requirements associated with Information and cybersecurity through the Information Assurance Technical Framework (IATF).
Program prerequisites are kept to a minimum and the program is designed to meet the needs of students with a wide variety of educational backgrounds. The admission and program requirements for those pursuing the Management track are described below.
Program prerequisites include a bachelor’s degree in any field and demonstration of competency in each of the following three areas:
- Computer Applications Competency. Students must demonstrate this competency by passing an on-line computer applications competency exam or by successful completion of the IS 146 or its equivalent. IS 146 or its equivalent will not count towards the requirements of the MS-CBS degree.
- Computer Programming Competency. Students must demonstrate this competency by passing an on-line computer programming competency exam or by successful completion of the IS 210 or its equivalent. IS 210 or its equivalent will not count towards the requirements of the MS-CBS degree.
- Computer Science and Networks competencies. Students must be competent to be enrolled in graduate level core courses including those in computer science and networks. If a student does not have these competencies, s/he may be required to either self-prepare by reviewing online tutorials and passing a competency exam or to register for additional courses which will not count towards the 30 credit hours required for this degree.
The MS-CBS program consists of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework. The coursework includes a five-course core that is required of all students, 9 credit hours of management track required courses, and 6 credit hours of electives. The directed elective choices are designed to provide students a broader understanding of multiple cybersecurity functions normally expected in an organization.
|Cybersecurity Core Courses||15|
|INTRO TO CYBERSECURITY ENGINRG|
|INTRO TO COMPUTER SECURITY|
or CPE 692
or CS 692
|Management Track-required Courses 1||9|
|TELECOMMUNICATIONS & NETWRK'G|
|NETWORK DEFENSE & OPERATING SY|
|BUSINESS CONTINGENCY PLANNING|
|Elective, select two courses from the following: 2||6|
|BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE & ANALYT|
|DATA MGT AND DATA MINING|
|INFORMATION SYS STRATEGY & APP|
|ADVANCED COMPUTER NETWORKS|
|DATA BASE SYSTEMS|
|DES & ANALY OF ALGORITHM|
|SOFT'W ENGINEERING PROC|
|ADVANCED OPERATING SYSTEMS|
|ADV CYBERSECURITY ENGINEERING|
|COMPUTER NETWORK SECURITY|
|MOBILE & WIRELESS NETWORKS|
|INTRO TO COMPUTER NETWORKS|
|Total Semester Hours||30|
Students are required to satisfy the prerequisites for any elective they choose. Students who wish to substitute some other courses as directed electives may seek prior approval for such a substitution by contacting the Director of Graduate Programs in UAH College of Business.
A thesis option is available. Students interested in this option should contact the both the faculty member who the student wants to serve as the thesis advisor and the Director of Graduate Programs in the College of Business before completing 12 hours of graduate study. If selected, the student will register for the IS 699 Master’s Thesis course for 6 credit hours in lieu of 6 credit hours of electives.
Up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit taken at other universities may be transferred to meet MS-CBS degree requirement. Inquiries about the transferability of specific courses should be directed to the College of Business Director of Graduate Programs, who will consult with the IS faculty to determine whether the content of the class will be accepted for transfer credit.