College of Engineering and Computer Science - Department of

Computer Science & Engineering

Master of Science in Cyber Security


The Master of Science in Cyber Security is designed for individuals who want to develop skills to identify and resolve Cyber Security threats. The degree is focused developing knowledge and skill applicable to protecting computer systems and computer networks. Program strengths include the unique blend of faculty expertise, the well-equipped computer engineering laboratory facilities, and the balance of theory, practice, hardware, and software.


We are accepting students with backgrounds in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems or Electrical Engineering. We are also accepting people working in industry who have a technical background and related work experience.The pathway into the program assumes a student has knowledge that is equivalent to the Wright State courses: CEG 5310 (Machine Organization), CS 5100 (Data Structures and Algorithms) and CEG 6350 (OS Internals and Design). We allow students who do not have formal training in these areas, but have significant experience to take a proficiency exam in each area. We also offer a free online course that will allow students with a technical background but limited experience in the computer area to take a single online course covering the material in these prerequisite courses and then enter the program. A minimum combined GRE score of 298 (1050 under the old scale) is required. The GRE requirement is waived for:

  • Students with at least three years of working experience who pass either the proficiency exams or the online proficiency course described above
  • Applicants from a U.S. institution with a graduate degree in a science or engineering field
  • Wright State engineering applicants with a BS degree and minimum GPA of 3.3
  • Non-degree Computer Science or Engineering graduate students with 9 or more hours of Computer Science and Engineering graduate courses with a GPA of 3.3 or higher

How do I get started?

Students can apply to a Graduate program by completing an online application with the Graduate School. Information on University requirements are located on the Graduate School website.

How much will this course cost?

Graduate tuition fees are $564 per credit hour for Ohio residents.

Not sure if you are eligible for admission or want more information?

Please contact Dr. Matt Rizki or Mrs. Wendy Chetcuti M.Ed. with admission questions. Call 937-775-5131 between 8:30 AM – 5 PM to speak to an advisor.

Program Requirements

Beginning Fall 2014, the entire program requires a total of 31 semester hours of work including 13 hours of core courses, 12 hours of security electives and 6 hours of security project or thesis.

The Cyber Security Core courses are:

  • CEG 6424 Security Attacks and Defenses
  • CEG 6400 Computer Network Security
  • CEG 6420 Host Computer Security
  • CEG 6750 Information Security

The Cyber Security core courses can be taken in-residence or online as part of the Cyber Security Analytics Certificate Program.

The student must take four courses from the following elective list (12 credit hours):

  • MTH 6290 Cryptography and Data Security
  • EE 7400 Information Theory
  • CEG 6422 Secure Computing Practices
  • CEG 7420 Host Computer Security II
  • CEG 7450 Advanced Computer Networks
  • CEG 7470 Advanced Wireless Networks
  • CEG 6450 Sensor Networks and Systems
  • CEG 6410 Mobile Computing
  • CEG 7370 Distributed Computing
  • CEG 7380 Cloud Computing
  • CS 7850 Privacy Aware Computing
  • CEG 7560 Visualization and Image Processing for Cyber Security
  • CS 7600 Trust Networks
  • EE 7550 Trust in Integrated Circuit Design

Student must complete a security project or thesis (6 credit hours)