University of San Diego’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering to Offer First Master’s Degree in Cyber Security Engineering

In an effort to meet the need for more professionals in the cyber security sector, the University of San Diego’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering will offer a master’s degree in Cyber Security Engineering. This is the first time the school has offered a graduate degree, adding to its undergraduate engineering programs.

“We anticipate high demand for this program that will serve professionals in the military, homeland security, public safety, ecommerce, privacy and technology industries,” said Chell Roberts, Dean of the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.

“The program also will contribute to San Diego’s efforts to be a leader in the cyber security industry,” added Jason Lemon, Dean of the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education. “We will be offering additional degrees and certificate programs in the future, including an online master’s in cyber law and policy.”

The program will begin in January 2016 for the 30-unit program that consists of 10 courses. Courses will be offered throughout the year with three starts (each spring, summer and fall). The program is available on-campus during evenings for busy professionals, enabling them to achieve maximum engagement and interaction with faculty and complete the program in less than two years.

Courses in the program include Secure Network Engineering, Trusted System Design, Secure Systems Engineering, and Digital Forensics and Incident Response. Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree in engineering or computer science from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

The University of San Diego’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering is ranked 15th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s. The university is also home to the Center for Cyber Security and Engineering and Technology (CCSET).

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About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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