Master of Science in National Cyber Security

Prerequisite Courses (12 units)

  • MATH 110: College Algebra (4)
  • PSCI 203: American Government (4)
  • PSCI 484: National Security Policy (4)

Degree Requirements (56-58 units)

Core Courses (44 units)

  1. Four units chosen from
    • PSCI 592: Seminar in Government: Research Methods (4)
    • MATH 611: Operations Analysis (4)
  2. Four units chosen from
    • PSCI 590: Seminar in International Relations: Techniques in Intelligence Analysis (4)
    • PSCI 590: Seminar in International Relations: Intelligence and Ethics (4)
  3. Four units chosen from
    • PSCI 620: Understanding Intelligence Failure (4)
    • PSCI 621: Strategic Intelligence (4)
  4. Four units chosen from
    • PSCI 603: Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare (4)
    • PSCI 606: Analysis of International Terrorism (4)
  5. Four units chosen from: (4)
    • PSCI 600: Theory and History of Strategy (4)
    • PSCI 602: International Security (4)
  6. IST 511: Cyber Defense (4)
  7. IST 525: Computer Forensics (4)
  8. IST 609: Information Systems and Technology Management (4)
  9. IST 610: Information Assurance Policy and Management (4)
  10. IST 646: Information Systems Planning, Strategy and Policy (4)
  11. IST 647 Information Based Management (4)

Electives (12 units)

Twelve units chosen from among courses not used for the core. Students who elect to complete PSCI 699 much choose 14 units.

  • CJUS 550: Crime and Intelligence Analysis (4)
  • CJUS 554: Terrorism (4)
  • CJUS 555: Homeland Security (4)
  • ECON 630: International Economic Issues (4)
  • GEOG 610: Military Geography for National Security (4)
  • HIST 556: Foreign Relations of the United States (4)
  • MATH 611: Operations Analysis (requires a prerequisite of a statistics course) (4)
  • PSCI 590: Seminar in International Relations - Techniques in Intelligence Analysis (4)
  • PSCI 590: Seminar in International Relations - Intelligence and Ethics (4)
  • PSCI 592: Seminar in Government - Research Methods in Political Science (4)
  • PSCI 600: Theory and History of Strategy (4)
  • PSCI 601: Strategic Systems and Strategic Thought (4)
  • PSCI 602: International Security (4)
  • PSCI 603: Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare (4)
  • PSCI 604: Seminar in International Law (4)
  • PSCI 606: Analysis of International Terrorism (4)
  • PSCI 609: International Relations Theory (4)
  • PSCI 611: Regional Security of Eurasia (4)
  • PSCI 613: Middle East Security (4)
  • PSCI 614: Regional Security of East Asia (4)
  • PSCI 620: Understanding Intelligence Failure (4)
  • PSCI 621: Strategic Intelligence (4)
  • PSCI 622: Arms Control
  • PSCI 624: Politics of National Security (4)
  • PSCI 625: American Foreign Policy (4)
  • SSCI 695 Directed Graduate Studies (2 or 4 units for a maximum of 10 units)

Culminating Experience (0-2)

Students must complete one of the following:

PSCI 999: Comprehensive Examination (0)

PSCI 699: Thesis (2)

Fifty-six units of coursework and two units of thesis must be completed before the degree will be awarded.