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Master of Science in Cybersecurity

This program works to provide students with a thorough grounding in the technology and practice of cybersecurity. The program focuses on development of career professionals wishing to document their skillset, develop their skills in this arena, or improve on their security skill set related to technology. Ideal candidates have some technical background or are willing to pursue study prior to beginning the program to develop their technology background. The program is designed around industry certs and standards and shall provide a diverse background leading to entry level careers (for those transitioning from other areas) and career advancement (for those with prior background in technology). The program is taught online using virtual environments to support simulation and analysis of operating systems. Theory and practice are both considered critical components of the program. Students shall complete a limited on site matriculation for a capstone project and a thesis demonstrating research capabilities.

Applying to the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Program

Students should submit an application to the University which includes copies of transcripts (which include: clear indication of the receipt of an undergraduate degree; indication of completion of 2 computer programming courses and two networking courses within the last 10 years or a plan to complete these courses as a deficiency; and a copy of a local BCI (or equivalent document; BCI documents can normally be obtained from a local police agency or other State of Federal institution, assistance from RWU may be obtained for this portion of the application if necessary).

Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Cybersecurity

CJS 542 Digital Forensics I
CJS 545 Law for Forensics Professionals
SEC 600 CyberSecurity Essentials I
SEC 605 Auditing of Networking, Security, and Technology
SEC 615 Intrusion Detection: Firewalling and Defense
SEC 620 Malware: Analysis and Malicious Software
SEC 625 Pen Testing and Incident Response
SEC 630 CyberIntelligence and Cybersecurity
One Elective from SEC 500 or 600 courses (or other approved elective)
SEC 650 Cybersecurity Research and Thesis  

Master of Science in Cybersecurity/ Juris Doctorate Dual Degree Program

Offered with the RWU School of Law.

Drawing on the strengths of the Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies and School of Law, RWU offers a concentrated joint degree program for students interested in cybersecurity. The dual degree program allows matriculated students to complete the Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCyber) and Juris Doctor (J.D.) in an accelerated period of study. The School of Justice Studies and the School of Law will each accept 12 transfer credits from the other, allowing students to save money and reduce the overall time needed to complete both degrees.

Students interested in completing the dual degree program must complete the following process to be considered for the M.S. Cybersecurity/J.D. dual degree program:

  1. Apply to and be accepted to the J.D. program in the School of Law and adhere to the J.D. application instructions and requirements including application and testing deadlines.
  2. After starting your studies in the J.D. program, complete the graduate application to be considered for the Cybersecurity program as a dual degree student. You should indicate the Cybersecurity/J.D. dual degree program as your intended program on the Graduate Application.
  3. If you are accepted to the Cybersecurity program, you may begin your Cybersecurity coursework only after completing your first year of J.D. studies. If you begin Cybersecurity coursework prior to starting the J.D. program, you may not be eligible for the benefits of the shared coursework of the dual degree. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission with questions.

Course Requirements for the M.S. Cybersecurity/J.D. Dual Degree Program

Students in the dual degree program complete six courses (18 credits) in the Cybersecurity program and receive four transfer courses (12 credits) from the J.D. program to complete the requirements for the M.S. Cybersecurity degree.

The following six (6) core courses are required in the Cybersecurity program to fulfill dual degree requirements:

CJS 542 Digital Forensics I *
SEC 500 Introduction to Cybersecurity
SEC 600 Cybersecurity Essentials I *
SEC 605 Auditing of Networking, Security and Technology *
SEC 630 Cyberintelligence and Cybersecurity *
SEC 650 Cybersecurity Research and Thesis

* Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are counted as elective credit toward the J.D. program for dual degree students, provided that all four are taken after admission and subsequent enrollment in the J.D. program.

Four (4) of the following courses (12 credits) may be transferred from the J.D. program to fulfill the remaining requirements of the M.S. Cybersecurity program. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better for courses to count toward the M.S. Cybersecurity program.

LAW 627 Criminal Procedure: Investigation
LAW 760 Constitutional Law II
Two of the following courses:
LAW 677 Privacy
LAW 740 Intellectual Property
LAW 794 National Security
LAW 797 Corporate Counsel Externship & Corporate Counsel Seminar