Skip to main content

College of Engineering / Program / Master of Science - Cybersecurity Engineering

Why this degree?

The non-thesis Master of Cybersecurity Engineering positions students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to protect our nation's systems against cyber attacks. The program will provide graduates with advanced knowledge in computer and network security, digital forensics, advanced operating systems, reverse engineering, and other areas of expertise.

You are eligible to apply if...

  • You hold a bachelor's degree in computer science, software engineering or an equivalent technically-deep software-oriented discipline from an institution of recognized standing
  • Those who have earned a degree or have significant work experience in information technology, electrical engineering or other related discipline are also eligible
  • GRE is not required 

To complete the program you must...

  • Complete a minimum of 33 credit hours of graduate level (6000/7000/8000) course work which may include:
    • Foundational Courses (9 hours) 
      • COMP 7270 Advanced Algorithms  3 hours
      • COMP 7300 Advanced Computer Architecture  3 hours
      • COMP 7500 Advanced Operating Systems  3 hours
    • Required Cybersecurity-Specific Courses (9 hours)
      • COMP 6350 Digital Forensics  3 hours
      • COMP 6370 Computer and Network Security  3 hours
      • COMP 7370 Advanced Computer and Network Security  3 hours

    • Elective Cybersecurity-Specific Courses  9 hours
      • MATH 6180 Cryptography  3 hours
      • COMP 6520 Network and Operating System Administration  3 hours
      • COMP 6700 Software Process  3 hours
      • COMP 6720 Real Time and Embedded Systems  3 hours
      • COMP 7700 Software Architecture  3 hours
      • COMP 7710 Software Environments  3 hours
      • COMP 7720 Software Re-Engineering  3 hours 

    • Elective Courses  3 hours
      • 6000/7000/8000-level course work relevant to cybersecurity and approved by major professor

    • Required Project Course 3 hours
      • COMP 7980 Capstone Engineering Project  3 hours


What can you expect?

  • Outcome 1: Understanding of computer science principles beyond the baccalaureate level. This is assessed by successful completion of foundational courses. 
    Outcome 2: Acquisition of skills specific to identifying and assessing cybersecurity threats, developing suitably protective and resilient network and software mechanisms, defending against cyber attacks, and detecting, triaging and mitigating cybersecurity breaches. This is assessed by successful completion of cybersecurity specific courses.
    Outcome 3: Acquisition of skills relevant to the workforce. This is assessed by successful completion of a capstone project. 

  • Once admitted into Auburn Engineering's graduate online program, you will work with the graduate program officer to create a plan of study:
    • Contact Xiao Qin, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at or 334.844.6327.

Applying for the Master of Science - Cybersecurity Engineering

  • Fill out the online graduate application at
    (you will be required to create an account)
  • Upload your official transcripts, statement of purpose, resume and three recommendation letters
  • For more information visit