Thesis students, in collaboration with their major professor, thesis director, and guiding committee, chooses a research area when enrolled. This research area is supported by their coursework chosen and then fleshed out in subsequent research hours. This work culminates in a thesis document and defense shared with the community of scholars.
For the MS program with thesis, the program of study requires 31 graduate credit hours:
Any required courses in the Core or a Concentration previously completed by a student may be applied for completion and replaced with another free course of the student’s and committee’s choosing. Students cannot have more 6xxx level credits then 8xxx credits on their final program of study and majority of credits must have course code CSE. See the Graduate Handbook for additional course policies.
The CYSO core introduces students to fundamental areas in computer security. These courses explore the nature of computer and information security, how to find security breaches in disks, and network/cryptographic protocols.
CYSO Concentrations allow students to focus on operational cyber security or cyber defense. Within each concentration students can choose different courses to specialize in; these specializations delve deeper into core topics or cover mission critical areas of Operations and Defense. Students choose three courses appropriate to their concentration; each is listed with which concentrations are valid.
For all Concentrations, one security elective course can be replaced with CSE 7000: Directed Individual Study, counted at the 6xxx or 8xxx level as appropriate. Similarly, any security elective course can be replaced by a special topics 6/8990 by committee permission. Regardless of courses chosen, students cannot have more 6xxx level credits then 8xxx credits on their final program of study.
The student’s Graduate Committee has final approval of all applicable courses.
Graduate students must complete at minimum 6 credit hours of graduate research, indicated by CSE 8000 sections under the direction the major professor or thesis director. Thesis hours representing work as a TA or RA cannot be used for this purpose (unless the RA position is tied to the relevant research).
The thesis (research) option of the CYSO Masters degree program requires that the degree candidate successfully undertake an independent research project and present the results of the research in a defensible thesis document. These guidelines supplement, but do not supersede, those provided by the Graduate School; see their guidelines for additional details such as the deadlines, exam process, submission steps, format for the dissertation, and so on.
For students electing this option, the following steps must be followed:
The Library provides guidelines for the format of theses. Dr. Ramkumar provides a LaTeX template for those wishing to use it, under the disclaimer that Library guidelines are the primary source of formatting and must be consulted at all times.