University of Delaware

Cybersecurity Master’s

The cybersecurity master’s program is structured to enable professionals to gain advanced training in this field. Unlike other programs that are solely focused on IT security, this program emphasizes design of secure software and systems, security analytics, and secure business systems. It will train individuals that have a traditional background in engineering, computer science, information systems, or related fields to have strong security skills enabling them to develop ​ new secure systems and/or software, to exploit analytics for security purposes, or to develop and manage secure business systems. Thus graduates of this program will be skilled in the latest theories and practices required to address the most challenging cybersecurity issues facing the world today.

The ECE Cybersecurity Master’s program requires 30 credit hours in either a thesis or non-­thesis option. The non­-thesis option requires all 30 credits to be completed through coursework, while the thesis­-option requires 24 credit hours of coursework and six credits of master’s thesis (CPEG 869). The curriculum requirements for the thesis and non-­thesis options are:

  • 15 credits of Fundamentals of Cybersecurity courses
  • 15 credits of elective courses in a chosen Concentration Area.
    • Concentration Areas are: (I) Secure Software, (II) Secure Systems, (III) Security Analytics, and (IV) Security Management.
    • Elective courses are to be taken primarily from a single chosen Concentration Area, with a maximum of six (6) credits taken from an alternative Concentration Area, or as additional Fundamentals of Cybersecurity courses.
    • Elective courses are to be taken primarily from a single chosen Concentration Area, with a maximum of six (6) credits taken from an alternative Concentration Area, or as additional Fundamentals of Cybersecurity courses.

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity and Concentration Area courses are listed below. Note that individual courses are typically three (3) credits, i.e., the 30 credit hours required for the master’s degree typically equates to 10 courses (or eight (8) courses and a thesis for the thesis option).

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

Students must complete 15 credits, or five (5) courses, of Fundamentals of Cybersecurity. Courses designated as Fundamentals of Cybersecurity are:

CPEG 665 Introduction to Cybersecurity (CYBER I)
CPEG 697 Advanced Cybersecurity (CYBER II)
CPEG 694 System Hardening & Protection (DEFENSE)
CPEG 695 Digital Forensics
CPEG 676 Secure Software Design
CPEG 671 Pen Test and Reverse Engineering
CPEG 672 Applied Cryptography

Concentration Areas

Students must complete 15 credits, or five (5) courses, of electives. Elective courses are to be taken primarily from a single chosen Concentration Area. Of these five (5) elective courses, a maximum of two (2) can be taken outside the single Concentration Area (from one of the other Concentration Areas or from the set of Fundamentals of Cybersecurity courses). The Concentration Areas and courses within each area are listed below.

Secure Software

The Secure Software concentration is designed for a professional responsible for developing secure software systems. Secure Software electives are:

CPEG 670 Web Applications Security
CISC 621 Algorithm Design and Analysis
CISC 663 Operating Systems
CISC 672 Compiler Construction or CPEG 621 Compiler Design
CISC 675 Software Engineering Principles and Practices
CISC 611/CPEG 611 Software Process Management
CISC 612/CPEG 612 Software Design
CISC 613/CPEG 613 Software Requirements Engineering
CISC 614/CPEG 614 Formal Methods in Software Engineering
CISC 615/CPEG 615 Software Testing and Maintenance
CPEG 676 Secure Software Design

Secure Systems

The Secure Systems concentration is designed for a professional responsible for secure systems that can include wireless and network communication systems, embedded systems, and related physical systems. Secure Systems electives are:

ELEG 635 Digital Communication
ELEG 658 Advanced Mobile Services
ELEG 617 The Smart Grid
CPEG 696 Topics in Cybersecurity (Simulation­based Cybersecurity)
ELEG 812 Wireless Digital Communication
CPEG 675 Embedded Computer Systems
CISC 650 / ELEG 651 Computer Networks
CISC 853 Network Management
CPEG 673 Virtualization and Cloud Security
CISC 886 Multi­Agent Systems
CPEG 674 SCADA Systems and Security
CPEG 853 Computer System Reliability

Security Analytics

The Security Analytics concentration is designed for a professional responsible for utilizing big data, analytics, and statistical learning methods to identify and characterize anomalous behavior and security risks. Security Analytics electives are:

ELEG 815 Analytics I ­ Statistical Learning
ELEG 817/FASN 817 Large Scale Machine Learning
CISC 683 Introduction to Data Mining
CISC 637 Database Systems
CPEG 657 Search and Data Mining
CISC 681 Artificial Intelligence
CISC 684 Introduction to Machine Learning
CISC 689 TPCS: Artificial Intelligence: Machine Learning
ELEG 630 Information Theory

Security Management

The Security Management concentration is designed for a professional responsible for instituting and managing security controls within an enterprise. Security Management electives are:

MISY 850 Security and Control
FINC 855 Financial Institutions & Markets
BUAD 840 Ethical Issues in Domestic and Global Business Environments
MISY 840 Project Management and Costing
ACCT 806 Systems Analysis and Design
BUAD 870 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
BUAD 877 Skills for Change Agents
MISY 810 Telecommunications and Networking