Cyber Security

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.