Computer Science BS/Cybersecurity and Privacy MS(non-thesis)

There is a great demand and opportunities for cybersecurity graduates. According to research from Cybersecurity Ventures, an estimated 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs will be unfilled by 2021, and of the candidates who apply, fewer than one in four are even qualified (https://cybersecurityventures.com/jobs/).There are a large number of companies and federal institutions that are looking for cybersecurity graduates with the skills that are required by this degree.

Admission to Program

After a student has 60-90 hours in the BS-CS program, they will be eligible to apply to the dual degree (BSCS/MS in Cybersecurity and Privacy) degree program.
Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and completed the following courses with a C grade or better will be eligible for admission to the dual degree program:
CSCI 1302 Software Development, CSCI 2720 Data Structure, MATH 2250 Calculus I, CSCI 3030 Computing, Ethics, and Society

Curriculum

Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

CSCI 6250, Cyber Security (4 hours)
CSCI 6260, Data Security and Privacy (4 hours)
CSCI 6760, Computer Networks (4 hours)
CSCI 6730, Operating Systems (4 hours)

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

Student must take at least 12 hours of CSCI graduate student only coursework. Students must additionally complete 14-16 hours of elective coursework related to Cybersecurity and Privacy that includes 1 hour of CSCI 8990 Research Seminar.
The candidate must register for CSCI 7200 Master's Project for at least 3 hours of credit while working on research.

=== General requirements without area of emphasis ===

Required Courses (12 credit hours):
CSCI 6250 – Cybersecurity (4)
Two courses among the following four(8 credit hours):
CSCI 6730 – Operating Systems (4)
CSCI 8245 – Secure Programming (4)
CSCI 6760 – Computer Networks (4)
CSCI 6260 – Data Security and Privacy (4)

Elective Courses (15-16 credit hours):
CSCI 6270, Introduction to Computer Forensics (4)
CSCI 8240, Software Security and Cyber Forensics (4)
CSCI 8245, Secure Programming (4)
CSCI 8250, Advanced Cyber Security (4)
CSCI 8260, Computer Network Attacks and Defenses (4)
CSCI 8265, Trustworthy Machine Learning (4)
CSCI 8960, Privacy-Preserving Data Analysis (4)
CSCI 8965, Internet of Things Security (4)
MATH 6450, Cryptology and Computational Number Theory (3)

=== Area of Emphasis on Systems and Software Security ===
Required Courses (12 credit hours):
• CSCI 6250 – Cybersecurity (4)
• CSCI 6730 - Operating Systems (4)
• CSCI 8245 – Secure Programming (4)

Elective Courses (15-16 credit hours):
• CSCI 8240, Software Security and Cyber Forensics (4)
• CSCI 8250, Advanced Cyber Security (4)
• CSCI 8965, Internet of Things Security (4)
• CSCI 6270, Introduction to Computer Forensics (4)
• CSCI 8260, Computer Network Attacks and Defenses (4)
• MATH 6450, Cryptology and Computational Number Theory (3)


=== Area of Emphasis on Network Security and Data Privacy ===
Required Courses (12 credit hours):
• CSCI 6250 – Cybersecurity (4)
• CSCI 6760 – Computer Networks (4)
• CSCI 6260 – Data Security and Privacy (4)

Elective Courses (15-16 credit hours):
• CSCI 8260, Computer Network Attacks and Defenses (4)
• CSCI 8265, Trustworthy Machine Learning (4)
• CSCI 8960, Privacy-Preserving Data Analysis (4)
• MATH 6450, Cryptology and Computational Number Theory (3)
• CSCI 6270, Introduction to Computer Forensics (4)
• CSCI 8240, Software Security and Cyber Forensics (4)

Admission to Graduate Program

Admissions requirements will align with the current admissions standards set by the Graduate School and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Completed applications will include the UGA graduate application, Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Computer Science or a related discipline, three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose. Students who have taken the GRE with a score at least 285 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply for the Graduate Program. Applicants will need to meet all Graduate School requirements.
Students with insufficient background in Computer Science must first take undergraduate Computer Science courses to remedy any deficiencies in addition to their graduate program requirements. A sufficient background in Computer Science must include at least the following courses (or equivalents):
• CSCI 1301-1301L, Introduction to Computing and Programming.
• CSCI 1302, Software Development
• CSCI 1730, Systems Programming
• CSCI 2610, Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science
• CSCI 2670, Introduction to Theory of Computing
• CSCI 2720, Data Structures
• MATH 2250, Calculus I for Science and Engineering

Program Advisor

  • Name: Thiab Taha
  • Email: trtaha@uga.edu
  • Phone: 7063403130
  • Address: 415 Boyd GSRC

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Computer Science B.S.
  • Department/College: Computer Science

Advising Contact

  • Name: Bradley Barnes
  • Email: bjb211@uga.edu
  • Phone: 7065423086
  • Address: 415 Boyd GSRC

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Cybersecurity and Privacy M.S.
  • Department/College: Computer Science

Advising Contact

  • Name: John Miller
  • Email: jamill@uga.edu
  • Phone: 7065423440
  • Address: 415 Boyd GSRC

Additional Advising Contact

  • Name: Roberto Perdisci
  • Email: perdisci@uga.edu
  • Phone: 7065423480
  • Address: 415 Boyd GSRC