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 without thesis, the program of study requires 31 graduate credit hours:
Any required courses 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 must have at least 9 8xxx credit hours (3 8xxx level courses) on their final program of study; as such, their elective must be at the 8xxx level. The 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.
A student must take an additional 3 hours in pre-approved security electives. This elective be replaced with an approved CSE 7000: Directed Individual Study, counted at the 8xxx level. Similarly, the security elective course can be replaced by a special topics 8990 by committee permission. 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.
For students that were admitted before the current Graduate Catalog, please refer to the Catalog archives for relevant information on your program of study: