Cyber Security

The CSE department offers two cyber security certificate programs.

  1. The IA Certificate Application may be awarded upon completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree majoring in: computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, software engineering, or information systems. To apply for the Information Assurance Professional Certificate, complete the IA Certificate Application. If you are an undergraduate applying for the certificate, email the application form and an unofficial transcript to Dr. Drew Hamilton. If you are a graduate student seeking the IA Certificate, email the application form and transcript to Dr. Drew Hamilton. Your transcript must demonstrate successful completion of the required courses.
  2. The GCO Certificate Application may be awarded upon completion of a graduate degree in computer science or electrical engineering. To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Operations, complete the GCO Certificate Application and email the form and an unofficial transcript to Dr. Drew Hamilton. Your transcript must demonstrate successful completion of the required courses.

The cyber security and operations graduate degree is a traditional master’s program with 31 credit hours and thesis or non-thesis options.

Two emphasis areas are offered:

  • cyber defense
    With the cyber defense option, graduates can go to work in any private corporation or government organization interested in securing their systems against outside aggression.
  • cyber operations
    With the cyber operations concentration, graduates will find many opportunities in government, but some cyber operations types can go to work for penetration testing firms, and those businesses are growing as the need for their services grows.

CSE's cyber security and operations master's program is:

  • One of the only degree programs in the Southeast to offer a cyber defense and a cyber operations concentration.
  • Fixed on defeating the full spectrum of cyber attacks, Mississippi State’s NSF CyberCorps program is the 3rd largest in the country.
  • Recognized nationally for its leadership in cyber security, MSU is one of only nine schools in the U.S. to hold all three of the National Security Agency’s centers of academic excellence credentials: CAE-Cyber Defense Education, CAE-Cyber Defense Research, and CAE-Cyber Operations.
  • Via its nationally ranked cybersecurity program, MSU’s M.S. in Cyber Security and Operations was selected by the US Navy as a model curriculum.