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 Courses9
CYBERSECURITY MANAGEMENT 1
COMPUTER FORENSICS
MOBILE DIGITAL FORENSICS
CYBERSECURITY PRACTICUM
CYBERSECURITY CAPSTONE
CYBERSECURITY CAPSTONE
Management Track-required Courses15
CYBERSECURITY PRINCIPLES 1
NETWORKING & IT INFRASTRUCTURE 1
NETWORK DEFENSE & SECURITY 1
SELECTED RESEARCH TOPICS 2
SEMINAR IN MGT INFO SYSTEMS
BUSINESS CONTINGENCY PLANNING
Elective, select two courses from the following: 36
BUSINESS ANALYTICS & AI 1
DATA MGT AND DATA MINING
OPERATING SYSTEMS
COMPUTER NETWORK SECURITY
MOBILE & WIRELESS NETWORKS
UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING
ADVANCED COMPUTER NETWORKS
ADV CYBERSECURITY ENGINEERING
COMPUTER SECURITY
DATA BASE SYSTEMS
CLIENT/SERVER ARCHITECTURES
NETWORK SECURITY
DES & ANALY OF ALGORITHM
SOFT'W ENGINEERING PROC
COMPUTER NETWORKS
ADVANCED OPERATING SYSTEMS
Total Hours30
1

MS-CBS students whose previous studies include the undergraduate equivalents of IS 501, IS 550,  IS 560, IS 571, and/or IS 577 must substitute a 3-credit-hour graduate-level IS course for each applicable course.

2

Students may substitute an IS course approved by the Department Chair.

3

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 Graduate Advisor in the College of Business. 

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 Graduate Advisor 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

In accordance with the Graduate School transfer policy, students may transfer up to twelve (12) semester hours of acceptable graduate credit earned in an approved institution and may count it toward a master's degree. No transferred credit may be more than ten years old at the time of a student's graduation from UAH. Such credit may be transferred with the approval of the major department if completed with a grade of B or better.

The College of Business will only review business discipline course(s) for transfer credit if the institution is accredited by AACSB International. The department chair may, at their discretion, approve or reject the proposed course credit transfer.

Inquiries about the transferability of specific courses should be directed to the Graduate Advisor, who will consult with the department chair to determine whether the course will be accepted for transfer credit. 
In some circumstances, a student may need to take a graduate course at another institution while enrolled in a UAH degree program. The transfer of such credit back to UAH must be approved by the department and by the graduate dean prior to the student enrolling at the other institution.

For more information contact:

Tressa Hillman-Moore
Graduate Advisor

Business Administration Building Room 102 
256.824.6732 
gradbusiness@uah.edu