M.S. in Cyber Security and Operations

The program of study of a Master of Science in Cyber Security and Operations (MS CYSO) degree includes advanced courses in computer security that are selected according to the goals of the student.  The program of study includes a thesis option, a professional project option, or courses-only option. Students must currently be Starkville campus;  Distance is not currently an option.


A student who wishes to study Graduate Cyber Security and Operations must have the ability to develop and analyze software for their study. An in-depth understanding the interface between computer hardware and software is also required, as is data communications. Some mathematical fluency is required. Students must demonstrate their potential for success in the program via strong previous academic work, a competitive GRE score, and demonstrated English proficiency as appropriate. Details for these requirements are provided here.

Admission and financial assistantships are separate decisions. For information on teaching & research assistantships, fellowships, and other scholarships, please refer here.

Program of Study

The MS CYSO degree is a 31 credit program designed to be completed in 2 years for traditional students. Students must select either a thesis or a non-thesis option in their program of study. Working with a major professor and guiding committee, students will select appropriate core, concentration, and elective courses to develop mastery. This mastery will then be demonstrated as part of a comprehensive exam (which may include a thesis defense as appropriate).

Regardless of the program of study chosen, certain policies apply to all coureswork chosen. Please refer to our Graduate Handbook for these additional policies.