Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
    
    Dec 10, 2018  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019

Master of Science in Cyber Security


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A degree in cyber security will equip students with the required technical skills and business knowledge to protect themselves online, and their businesses’ or organizations’ key assets. CCU’s Master of Science in Cyber Security degree will teach students cyber skills that are relevant in today’s interconnected world. These cyber security courses focus on learning the skills employers are looking for to help keep their organizations secure. In addition to gaining foundational knowledge in the key areas of the field, the Cyber Security master’s degree program will also show the relationship between cyber security and Christianity - especially as it relates to cyber warfare and cyber crime. This perspective will enable students to demonstrate excellence both in the workplace and in life. With these skills, students will be prepared for careers in areas such as digital forensics, cyber criminology, security policy, cyber entrepreneurship or leadership, cyber defense/offense, architecture as well as other emerging cyber security fields.

Students may transfer nine credit hours earned in one of CCU’s Cyber Security graduate certificates to the Cyber Security Master of Science degree.

Admission to the Master of Science in Cyber Security


Admission to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Cyber Security program is selective. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of previous academic performance, personal and professional accomplishments and goals, and strength of character. A strong desire to complete graduate-level work in a Christ-centered, biblically based community is important. All M.S. Cyber Security admissions decisions are made by and only by Colorado Christian University.

Admission Requirements:


  • Earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester.  CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first nine (9) credits to remain in the program.
  • Completed online application form (including essay, transcripts, and fees) at www.ccu.edu/ccu/grad/.
  • Demonstrated completion (C or better) of the following undergraduate-level prerequisite courses, taken at CCU or through transfer equivalency, before starting the M.S. Cyber Security program. Students may also satisfy these prerequisites with confirmed core competencies, verified by demonstrated work experience or passing scores on content exams. Further information on documenting prior experience and learning can be found on the Cyber Security program page.
    • Introduction to Business: BUS 101A  
    • Introduction to Programming: CIT 200A  
    • Introduction to Information Security or Cyber Security: ISM 316A  
    • Introduction to Networking: NWK 220A  

Time Limitation


The Master of Science in Cyber Security program is a 30 credit-hour degree designed to be completed within 15 months of intensive accelerated adult graduate study by persons who work or are otherwise occupied by the equivalent of a full time job.

All work applied toward a master’s degree must be completed within a four-year period from the date of enrollment. After the four-year period, an M.S. Cyber Security student who has not completed the requirements to graduate will be withdrawn from the program. Students who go beyond the four-year period and wish to complete their Master of Science in Cyber Security degree will be required to apply for reconsideration by completing a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy. Readmitted students will be required to adhere to the degree plans and academic policies in place at the time they are readmitted.

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Science in Cyber Security


The faculty recommends students in the Master of Science in Cyber Security degree to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of 30 credit hours.
  2. A letter grade of C- or better and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 grade scale in all CCU course work.
  3. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  4. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.

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