Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering Program




Earn a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering degree from one of only sixteen universities in the nation designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research, and Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. This degree program focuses on the engineering and technical aspects of cybersecurity.




Program Overview:

Auburn University’s cybersecurity engineering graduate program (i.e., MS-CYBE) prepares students for analyzing, developing, investigating, protecting, and defending the cyber ecosystem of organizations. As such, it focuses on the engineering and technical aspects of cybersecurity. The degree is designed to appeal to practitioners as well as research scholars through the requirement of capstone experience.

The Cybersecurity Engineering graduate degree can be earned entirely through on‐campus instruction, through the Engineering Online Graduate Program, or a combination of the two. Distance students should note that MATH 6180, Cryptography, is offered only in an on‐campus format and cannot include it as one of their elective cybersecurity‐specific courses.


Program Outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Understanding of computer science principles beyond the baccalaureate level. This is assessed by successful completion of Foundational Courses.
  • Outcome 2: Acquisition of skills specific to identifying and assessing cybersecurity threats; developing suitably protective and resilient network and software mechanisms; defending against cyber attacks; and detecting, triaging, and mitigating cybersecurity breaches. This is assessed by successful completion of Cybersecurity‐Specific Courses.
  • Outcome 3: Acquisition of skills relevant to the workforce. This is assessed by successful completion of a Capstone Project.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree in computer science, software engineering, or an equivalent technically‐deep software‐oriented equivalent discipline from an institution of recognized standing. Degrees or significant work experience in information technology, electrical engineering, or other related disciplines may also be suitable. Application will be evaluated on an individual basis by the department's graduate admission committee.


Program Requirements:

The Master of Cybersecurity Engineering degree entails a minimum of 33 semester graduate credit hours. A capstone engineering project demonstrating mastery of cybersecurity engineering is required for the degree. The project includes both software and a written report. The following courses are required:

Foundational Courses: 9 Credit Hours

  • COMP7270/7276 Advanced Algorithms
  • COMP7300/7306 Advanced Computer Architecture
  • COMP7500/7506 Advanced Operating Systems

Required Cybersecurity Courses: 9 Credit Hours

  • COMP6350/6356 Digital Forensics
  • COMP6370/6376 Computer and Network Security
  • COMP7370/7376 Advanced Computer and Network Security

Elective Cybersecurity Courses: 9 Credit Hours

  • MATH6180 Cryptography
  • COMP6520/6526 Network and Operating System Administration
  • COMP6700/6706 Software Process
  • COMP6720/6726 Real Time and Embedded Systems
  • COMP7710/7716 Software Environments
  • COMP7720/7726 Software Re‐Engineering

Elective Courses: 3 Credit Hours

  • 6000/7000/8000‐level coursework relevant to cybersecurity.

Capstone Experience: 3 Credit Hours

  • COMP7980/7976 Capstone Engineering Project.


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