2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
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2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cybersecurity, MS

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Dr. Susan Older, Associate Professor, sueo@ecs.syr.edu
4-181 Center for Science and Technology


Drs. Susan Older, sueo@ecs.syr.edu, Shiu-Kai Chin, skchin@syr.edu, Stephen Chapin, chapin@syr.edu, Howard Blair, blair@syr.edu, James Royer, jsroyer@syr.edu, Wenliang Du, wedu@syr.edu, Heng Yin, heyin@syr.edu, Chilukuri Mohan, ckmohan@syr.edu, Jae Oh, jcoh@syr.edu


Students will be taking four core courses and six elective courses, for a total of 30 credits, with a final GPA of 3.0 in these courses, and a GPA of 2.8 in all courses taken at SU.


  • BS in computer science, computer engineering, or closely related field with at least 3.0 GPA;
  • GRE with at least 70th percentile quantitative and 50th percentile other scores.
  • TOEFL score of at least 90 for international students
  • Basic systems knowledge
    • Fundamentals of traps, interrupts, and trap handling at the instruction-set architecture (ISA)
    • level, not at the cycle-simulation level
    • Concurrency and coordination mechanisms (semaphores, locking, critical regions)
    • Access-control matrices, basics of access-control lists and capabilities
    • Systems programming basics: makefiles, C (including the care required by pointers and memory management), systems calls, shell scripting, pipes and filters, non-IDE programming
  • Data structures: stacks, queues, lists, hash tables, trees
  • Discrete mathematics: symbolic logic and formal proofs (i.e., use of inference rules), sets, relations
  • High-level programming experience

Financial Support:

Some, but not all, students are provided merit-based tuition scholarships.

Learning Outcomes:

This program has been designed to produce graduates who possess the abilities to;

  • identify and analyze vulnerabilities in systems;
  • assess risks faced by systems;
  • develop countermeasures to remedy risks;
  • develop systems that are secure; and deliver software components or systems that have verifiable assurance properties.


6 credits of technical cyber security electives: Technical Cyber security Electives

3 Additional Credits

3 additional credits, drawn from the technical or nontechnical cyber security electives or from any CIS/CSE courses at the 600-level or higher

Total Credits Required: 30

Degree Awarded:

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Transfer Credit:

Up to 9 credits may be transferred from other schools, upon evaluation of details by the program director or department chair.

Part-time Study:

Part-time study may be permitted, but the program must be completed within four years from the date of admission into the program.

Satisfactory Progress:

A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the program, else matriculation may be terminated.

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