For an overview of the program click here.

Program Prerequisites

Program prerequisites include a bachelor’s degree in any field and demonstration of competency in each of the following two areas: 

  1. Information Systems Competency.  Students must demonstrate this competency by successful completion of IS 301 or its equivalent, which will not count towards the requirements of the MS-CBS degree.
  2. Computer Programming Competency.  Students must demonstrate this competency by successful completion of IS 310 or its equivalent, which will not count towards the requirements of the MS-CBS degree.

Degree Requirements

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.

IS 692/CPE 692/CS 692 is the capstone course and should be taken toward the end of the student’s program. Students must earn a grade of B or better in the capstone course.

Cybersecurity Core Courses15
CYBERSECURITY MANAGEMENT
COMPUTER FORENSICS
INTRO TO CYBERSECURITY ENGINRG
INTRO TO COMPUTER SECURITY
CYBERSECURITY PRACTICUM
CYBERSECURITY CAPSTONE
CYBERSECURITY CAPSTONE
Management Track-required Courses 19
TELECOMMUNICATIONS & NETWRK'G
NETWORK DEFENSE & OPERATING SY
BUSINESS CONTINGENCY PLANNING
Elective, select two courses from the following: 26
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE & ANALYT
DATA MGT AND DATA MINING
INFORMATION SYS STRATEGY & APP
OPERATING SYSTEMS
UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING
ADVANCED COMPUTER NETWORKS
DATA BASE SYSTEMS
CLIENT/SERVER ARCHITECTURES
DES & ANALY OF ALGORITHM
SOFT'W ENGINEERING PROC
COMPUTER NETWORKS
ADVANCED OPERATING SYSTEMS
ADV CYBERSECURITY ENGINEERING
COMPUTER NETWORK SECURITY
MOBILE & WIRELESS NETWORKS
NETWORK SECURITY
INTRO TO COMPUTER NETWORKS
COMPUTER SECURITY
Total Semester Hours30

Additional Information

Thesis Option

A thesis option is available. Students interested in this option should contact 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.

Transfer Credit

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.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Pettitt
Director of Graduate Programs

Business Administration Building Room 102 
256.824.6681 
gradbiz@uah.edu