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Cybersecurity (M.S.)

The master's degree in cybersecurity is designed to prepare cybersecurity technology leaders. Graduates will develop skills and competencies in technical aspects of cybersecurity and will be prepared to assume responsibility for the management of cybersecurity projects and coordination of cyber operation teams. It also provides preparation for students desiring to purse doctoral studies or teach cybersecurity courses in colleges and universities.

Cybersecurity (M.S.)


Description


What is Cybersecurity at ODU like?

The master's degree in cybersecurity is designed to prepare cybersecurity technology leaders. Graduates will develop skills and competencies in technical aspects of cybersecurity and will be prepared to assume responsibility for the management of cybersecurity projects and coordination of cyber operation teams. It also provides preparation for students desiring to purse doctoral studies or teach cybersecurity courses in colleges and universities.

Program Highlights


What makes Cybersecurity at ODU unique?

  • Flexible schedule beginning in fall, spring and summer

  • Finish the 30-credit hour, non-thesis program in one year

  • Offered online with the option to attend classes on campus

  • Opportunities to solve real-world cybersecurity problems

  • One-on-one advising on academic and professional development

  • Opportunities to conduct cutting-edge research with faculty

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Information Security Analysts

$99,690

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

Computer Network Support Specialists

$67,510

MEDIAN SALARY


Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.

Computer Systems Analysts

$92,740

MEDIAN SALARY


Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.

Computer and Information Research Scientists

$119,570

MEDIAN SALARY


Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

National Security Agency, Sentara, Booz Allen Hamilton

Courses


What are some courses offered in Cybersecurity at ODU?

CYSE 600:
Cybersecurity Principles


This course provides an overview of the field of cybersecurity. It covers core cybersecurity topics including computer system architectures, critical infrastructures, cyber threats and vulnerabilities, cryptography, cryptographic protocol design, information assurance, network security, and risk assessment and management. Students are expected to become familiar with fundamental security concepts, technologies and practices, and develop a foundation for further study in cybersecurity.

CYSE 605:
Leadership and Management in Cybersecurity


This course introduces skills to manage technical professionals and lead strategic change in their organization. Based on the basic operations and functionality of cybersecurity systems, students will learn the management of cybersecurity technical professionals, including how to effectively lead and manage teams, how to launch and assess organizational change initiatives, and how to work effectively within an interdependent group to achieve common goals.

CYSE 625:
Advanced Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing


This course teaches students the underlying principles and many of the techniques associated with the cybersecurity practice known as penetration testing or ethical hacking. The course covers planning, reconnaissance, scanning, exploitation, post-exploitation, and result reporting. Students will discover how system vulnerabilities can be exploited and learns to avoid such problems.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Cybersecurity at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Science program in Cybersecurity should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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PROFESSOR


Name:

Chunsheng Xin


Location:

231 KAUFMAN HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5294


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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