2021-2022 Catalog

Cybersecurity, Master of Science

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCY) program provides the skills, knowledge, and abilities of national and international concerns in cybersecurity defense and attack. The program follows the Body of Knowledge of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Cybersecurity and NSA/DHS Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operation (OP) and Cyber Defense (CD) with technical and non-technical cores. The program also offers the learner the opportunity to understand the role of government and industry in securing and protecting assets.

Courses provide focus on technology innovation in cybersecurity, business strategy in cybersecurity, and the role of people, process, and plans needed to deliver cybersecurity projects, as well as maintaining the professional skills required to advance in the Cybersecurity field. Students will emerge with the experience and leadership identity required to influence the way that cybersecurity is implemented and consumed in any corporation or government organization.

The Depth of Study (DOS) sequence prepares students to demonstrate expertise in a specific area. The Choice courses allow students to expand their interests in other disciplines. The internship provides students a vehicle to apply what they have learned in the degree to real work problems at a for-profit or a non-profile organization.

The capstone is the platform that exhibits the synthesis of student’s academic accomplishments and experiential learning. Under the guidance of an advisor, the capstone can be a project, research paper, thesis or poster, and a public presentation designed to demonstrate mastery.

Program Outcomes

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity will prepare students to:

Integrate a foundational knowledge of all areas of advanced cybersecurity (General Cybersecurity Knowledge).

Apply fundamental principles and practices of advanced cybersecurity (Cybersecurity Principles and Practices)

Apply critical and ethical thinking to solve problems in advanced cybersecurity (Critical and Ethical Thinking).

Evaluate data to inform decisions and solve problems in advanced cybersecurity (Quantitative Literacy).

Create the ability to develop and express ideas while applying a variety of delivery models, genres, and styles (Communication).

Collaborate effectively on diverse teams to accomplish a common goal (Collaboration).

Admission Requirements

In addition to City University of Seattle's graduate admission requirements, found under Admissions in the catalog menu, students enrolling in the School of Technology and Computing graduate programs must meet the requirements listed below:

  • An earned Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology or Computing-related majors such as Computer Systems, Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology, Cybersecurity; OR
  • An earned Bachelor's degree in another field and evidence of completion of undergraduate courses or their equivalent in: 
    • Equivalency of 5-quarter hour credits at the intermediate level in at least one computer programming language; and
    • Equivalency of 5-quarter hour credits in networking (TCP/IP from physical through applications layers); and
    • Equivalency of 5-quarter credits of data management including basic database design and SOL/NoSQL Queries; and
    • Equivalency of 5-quarter credits of operating systems including OS theory, process management, and memory management; OR
  • An earned Bachelor's degree in another field and successful completion of CityU’s Undergraduate Certificate in Foundations of Systems Development.

Total Required Credits (39-59 Credits)*

Preparatory Courses (20 Credits)

These preparatory course may be required for students entering the MSCY degree program without sufficient related experience. Please see the program admissions criteria in the City University of Seattle catalog for specific information.

CS 132Computer Science I


CS 330Network Communications


IS 340Operating Systems


IS 360Database Technologies


Pre-Entry Requirement (0 Credit)

Students must take this course in the first quarter of enrollment. Students may take another program requirement concurrently.

CS 500STC MS Orientation to Master's Programs


Core Requirements (24 Credits)

ISEC 500Cybersecurity Overview


ISEC 505Systems Security


ISEC 510Human and Organization Security


ISEC 520Ethical, Legal, and Societal Security


ISEC 525Network and Wireless Security


ISEC 545Data Privacy and Security


ISEC 612Software Security


ISEC 628Components Integration Security


Depth of Study (6 Credits)

Cyber Defense

ISEC 605Cybersecurity Auditing


ISEC 640Software Reverse Engineering


Cyber Operation

CS 533Computer Architecture


CS 622Discrete Math and Algorithms for Computing


Choice (6 Credits)

Computer Science

CS 504Software Engineering


CS 519Cloud Computing Overview


Data Science

DS 515Data Science Overview


DS 520Data Mining



This internship course is repeatable. Each enrollment must be pre-approved by the Program Manager.

ISEC 685Cybersecurity Internship


Capstone (3 Credits)

ISEC 665Cybersecurity Capstone