MS Network and Computer Security - Degree Requirements

The M.S. in Network and Computer Security consists of 33 credit hours distributed as follows:
Core Courses: 18 credit hours
Technical Electives: 9 – 12 credit hours
Thesis/Project: 3 – 6 credit hours

Core Courses (18 credit hours)

  • NCS 511 Information Assurance Fundamentals
  • NCS 521 Data Communications
  • NCS 531 Computer Security
  • NCS 541 Network Security
  • NCS 543 Secure Protocols
  • NCS 598 Research Methods

Technical Electives (9-12 credit hours)

  • NCS 522 Network Administration
  • NCS 532 Network Intrusion Prevention and Detection
  • NCS 542 Advanced Network Protocols and Standards
  • NCS 552 VoIP and Multimedia Security
  • NCS 562 Wireless and Mobile Networks
  • NCS 563 Wireless Security
  • NCS 590 Special Topics in Network and Computer Security

Thesis/Project (3 – 6 credit hours)

  • NCS 597 Research Project (3 credits)
  • NCS 599 Thesis Research (6 credits)

Students may choose either the project or thesis option for the culminating experience.  The project option is for students who want to complete a practical programming or simulation project, or produce a Technology Case Study (TCS) that describes in detail the state-of-the-art technology, market, and future prospects for some cutting-edge topic in the field.  The thesis option is for students wishing to pursue original research and requires students to demonstrate appropriate independent research and written communication skills.

Degree Requirements Overview & Program Notes

  • Unless otherwise noted, all graduate courses are 3 credit hours.
  • All students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to graduate.
  • Over the course of their studies, students can apply at most two “C” grades in courses taken toward the degree.
  • Students may repeat at most two courses in which a “C” grade or less was received.
  • Students may transfer up to six credit hours, if applicable, from another graduate program.
  • Students must maintain continuous registration, equal to or greater than one credit while working on their final thesis or project. MS NCS students can do this by registering for either NCS 597 or NCS 599, as appropriate, with their advisor for one credit. Students may do this for up to six semesters at which time it is expected that all program requirements will have been met.


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