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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  

Joint Master of Science in Cybersecurity/ Juris Doctorate

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. The effect of these credit transfers between the School of Justice Studies and the School of Law would be to reduce the overall time needed to complete both degrees in a shortened amount of time, assuming full-time study.
Applicants applying for the Joint M.S./J.D. degree must apply to and earn acceptance into the Graduate School of Justice Studies and the School of Law separately. Applicants who intend to pursue the joint degree must so indicate on the application for admission. Applications should be submitted sufficiently in advance of the application deadline to assure adequate processing time at both Schools. Ordinarily, applications to each school would be filed simultaneously, even if the student will not be taking courses at both schools during the first year of study. However, a student matriculated in either the M.S. or J.D. program could apply to the other school in order to pursue the joint degree prior to the end of the first year of study.

Transferrable Course Requirements for the Joint MSCyber/J.D. Degree Program

The four School of Justice Studies courses that are transferable to the School of Law are:

CJS 542 Digital Forensics I
SEC 600 Cybersecurity Essentials I
SEC 605 Auditing of Networking, Security and Technology
SEC 630 Cyberintelligence and Cybersecurity

The four School of Law courses that are transferrable* to the School of Justice Studies are four courses from the below list:

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

*Students must earn a grade of B or better in these courses for them to transfer to the MSCyber program

Students must contact either the program director or dean for a course degree plan.