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Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Privacy

The Computer Science Department at UGA has 7 faculty whose research areas are in cybersecurity and privacy. The Computer Science Department at UGA has established an Institute for Cybersecurity and Privacy (ICSP). The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security named the UGA Institute for Cybersecurity and Privacy a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Research.

Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Privacy:

Program Description and Objectives

This MS program will be useful for all students, particularly in the fields of computer science, mathematics, and engineering. The program aims to develop expertise in various aspects of computer security and privacy, such as networking, operating systems, network and systems security, and data and communications privacy.

Admission Criteria: 

Admissions requirements will align with the current admissions standards set by the Graduate School and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Completed applications will include the UGA graduate application, bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Computer Science or a related discipline, three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and GRE test score. Applicants will need to meet all Graduate School requirements.

Students with insufficient background in Computer Science must first take undergraduate Computer Science courses to remedy any deficiencies, in addition to their graduate program requirements. A sufficient background in Computer Science must include at least the following courses (or equivalents):

  • CSCI 1301-1301L, Introduction to Computing and Programming (alternative option CSCI 7010, Computer Programming)
  • CSCI 1302, Software Development
  • CSCI 1730, Systems Programming
  • CSCI 2610, Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science
  • CSCI 2670, Introduction to Theory of Computing
  • CSCI 2720, Data Structures
  • MATH 2200, Analytic Geometry and Calculus
  • MATH 2250, Calculus I for Science and Engineering

    Curriculum (This program requires 30 credit hours).

    Required Courses (22-23 hours):

  • CSCI 6250, Cyber Security (4 hours)
  • CSCI 6260, Data Security and Privacy (4 hours)
  • CSCI 6720, Computer Systems Architecture (4 hours)
  • CSCI 6730, Operating Systems (4 hours)
  • CSCI 6760, Computer Networks (4 hours)
  • CSCI 7200, Master’s Project (2-3 hours)

     Elective Courses (7-8 hours):
     Choose two courses from:

  • CSCI 8240, Software Security and Cyber Forensics (4 hours)
  • CSCI 8250, Advanced Cyber Security (4 hours)
  • CSCI 8260, Computer Network Attacks and Defenses (4 hours)
  • CSCI 8960, Privacy-Preserving Data Analysis (4 hours)
  • MATH 6450, Cryptology and Computational Number Theory (3 hours)
  • CSCI 6270, Introduction to Computer Forensics (4 hours)

To complete the program in Cybersecurity and Privacy (M.S.), students must complete 22-23 hours of mainstream cybersecurity courses in Computer Science, including CSCI 7200, Master’s Project, with at least 12 hours of graduate coursework. Students must additionally complete 7-8 hours of elective coursework related to Cybersecurity and Privacy, and CSCI 3030 or equivalent if they have not already taken a suitable ethics course.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Courses 

Semester

Hours

Required Courses

   

CSCI 6250, Cyber Security

Spring

4

CSCI 6260, Data Security and Privacy

Fall

4

CSCI 6720, Computer Systems Architecture

Fall

4

CSCI 6730, Operating Systems

Spring

4

CSCI 6760, Computer Networks

Fall

4

CSCI 7200, Master’s Project

Summer

2-3

 

Elective Courses (Choose two courses)

   

CSCI 8240, Software Security and Cyber Forensics

Spring

4

CSCI 8250, Advanced Cyber Security

Spring

4

CSCI 8260, Computer Network Attacks and Defenses

Spring

4

CSCI 8960, Privacy-Preserving Data Analysis

Spring

4

CSCI 6270 Introduction to Computer Forensics 

Spring

4

MATH 6450 Cryptology and Computational Number Theory

Spring

3

Student Learning Outcomes

Students in this program should be able to defend against common cybersecurity and privacy attacks by having knowledge of information security, including secure programming and known practices.

Students will be able to use their enhanced and improved hands-on experiences and skills to address various security and privacy issues.

Students should be able to make risk assessment to IT design decisions.
 

Sample Program of Study

 

Course Number

Course Title

Hours

First Year

Fall

 

CSCI 6760
CSCI 6720
CSCI 6260

 

 

Computer Networks
Computer Systems Architecture
Data Security and Privacy

 

Total Credit Hours

4
4
4

 

12

First Year

Spring

 

CSCI 6730
CSCI 6250
CSCI 8260
CSCI 8960

 

 

Operating Systems
Computer Security
Computer Network Attacks and Defenses
Privacy-Preserving Data Analysis

 

Total Credit Hours

4
4
4
4

 

16

Summer

CSCI 7200

 

Master’s Project

 

Total Credit Hours

2-3

 

2-3

 

Total

   

 

30

 

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