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Master of Science in Computer Information Systems and Cyber Security
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The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems and Cyber Security program from AUM provides specialized training in computer network and information security, secure software engineering, operating system security, secure network engineering, and applied cryptology.

The program prepares students to become leaders in the field of information and network security, offering instruction and research opportunities that provide graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively assess, develop, and manage secure information networks and to respond to newly developed threats. This degree program offers a unique opportunity for students to learn to:

  • Identify and respond to information security challenges in distributed and embedded systems
  • Integrate the use of encryption technology in non-secure and non- private computers and systems
  • Design and conduct research in the area of cyber systems and information security
  • Critically evaluate and apply research to computer and cyber systems threats

Students in this program will develop skills to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the technical, management, and policy aspects of cyber systems and information security
  • Recognize the impact of security issues related to software engineering on distributed information systems
  • Assess information risks faced by an organization and develop a response plan
  • Demonstrate an understanding of technological and human engineering problems linked to security risks
  • Access the impact of information security policies, and market developments on complex systems and organizational objectives
  • Mitigate system vulnerabilities and restore compromised services
  • Manage the development, acquisition, and evolution of a secure information network
  • Construct secure networked and distributed computer systems
  • Troubleshoot large-scale information networks and distributed systems

Students in this program can find jobs in settings such as homeland security, government and state agencies, private business and the military.

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Are there any electives in this program?

Yes. In addition to the core curriculum, you will have a choice of a number of elective courses that will help you deepen your expertise in a particular area.

Can I afford this program?

Tuition at AUM is typically lower than many other state universities. In addition, you may qualify for one of our scholarships.

How will this program impact my career?

Depending on your interests and work experience, it could open up a whole new set of options. If you are in the IS/MIS field now, it could lead to pay increases and/or management opportunities.

Does AUM offer other computer-related graduate degrees?

AUM offers a Master of Science in Computer Science designed to prepare you for jobs such as computer and information systems manager, computer and information systems security analyst, software developer, system analyst, data center administrator, and more.

Why AUM?

Our differences are our strengths!

Award-Winning

AUM is honored to have received many national and regional awards over the years. U.S. News & World Report named AUM one of its Top Public Schools for 2021, and Yahoo! Finance honored us as one of the Most Affordable Universities for 2021.

Affordable

We think a high-quality, graduate education should be affordable. Tuition rates for many of our programs are lower than at comparable universities. In addition, scholarship or other kinds of tuition assistance may be available.

Close-Knit

AUM offers a close-knit community where students and faculty get to know each other by name and develop valuable professional networks. We are able to keep class sizes small to facilitate group projects and personalized learning.

Career-Focused

We understand that one of the main reasons you are here is to expand your career options. That’s why our programs are practical and often apply to your current work situation. You’ll also have the opportunity to get valuable career assistance.

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A limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantship positions are available each semester. There is no application process. Qualified candidates will be contacted directly based on their prior performance and attitudes in their courses.

C++ Programming Assessment Test study guide for graduate students in the Computer Science/Cybersecurity Master degree program. This test is to waive the required course CSCI 5003: C++ Programming Language & Lab.

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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

With this master’s degree, you have many career possibilities. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (or another source, if noted). 

Career/Job TitleEntry-Level Education RequirementsJob Growth 2020 - 2030Annual Median Salary
Computer and Information Research ScientistMaster’s degree21% (Much faster than average)$131,490
Information Security Analyst Bachelor’s degree35% (Much faster than average)$102,600

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Available data represents job titles across industries and may not be specific to your job category.

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Master of Science in Computer Information Systems and Cyber Security

Modality

This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

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