Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

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School of Engineering and Computational Sciences - Online Program


David Donahoo, B.S., M.S.
Dean, School of Engineering & Computational Sciences
Associate Professor of Management Information Systems

Carl Pettiford, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Engineering
Professor of Electrical Engineering

Jerry Westfall, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Computational Sciences
Professor of Computational Sciences

Mark Shaneck, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Online Chair, Cyber Security
Associate Professor of Computational Sciences

The faculty roster can be viewed online at where faculty can be searched for by Department.

Master of Science in Cyber Security (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Cyber Security equips students with the hands-on skills needed to be a cyber-security professional.  This 36-hour program provides balance between theory and practice, all of which is presented against a backdrop of Christian ethical values.

The student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate emerging cyber security technologies.
  2. Design solutions, using cyber security knowledge, skills, and abilities, for practical scenarios.
  3. Comply with professional, ethical, legal, security and social responsibilities.
  4. Incorporate Christian worldview perspectives when addressing cyber security challenges.


In addition to the general admission procedures, specific admission requirements for the Master of Science in Cyber Security program are as follows:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g. SACSCOS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.). The baccalaureate degree must be in one of the following or related fields:
    • Information Systems
    • Information Systems Management
    • Information Technology
    • Management Information Systems
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Programming

If a student does not have the appropriate Bachelor’s degree, then the transcript will be evaluated for 3 semester credit hours and a minimum grade of “C” in each of the following:

  • Computer Programming (CSIS 209)
  • Algebra (Math 121 or higher)
  • Statistics (Math 201)
  • Networks (CSIS 331)
  1. If a student does not meet any or all of the specific computer related undergraduate class requirements within the Bachelor’s degree, a resume can be submitted indicating 5 years of IT experience (including a demonstration of knowledge in networking and programming). The resume will be reviewed by the Program Director.
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for admission on good standing. Students that do not meet the minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) may be admitted on caution if they have a minimum GPA of 2.5-2.99.  Students admitted on caution are required to take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing their first semester.
  3. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)

Students may transfer up to six (6) hours of graduate-level credit from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  In order to transfer credits, students must have earned the minimum grade of B-, and courses must have been completed within two (2) years of the start date of the student’s program at Liberty University. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

In addition to other regulations governing graduation as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 36 semester hours.
  2. A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through Liberty, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA
  5. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+/C-).
  6. No grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+/D-).
  7. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  8. Degree must be completed within 3 years.
  9. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10. Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Program of Study

(M.S.) Master of Science in Cyber Security (36 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format Only
Core Courses (36 hrs)
CSCI 501 Overview of Computer Security 3
CSCI 511 Digital Forensics 3
CSCI 561 Ethics, Legal Issues, and Policy 3
CSCI 601 Applied Network Security 3
CSCI 605 Applied Cryptography 3
CSCI 611 Secure Software Engineering 3
CSCI 612 Security Engineering 3
CSCI 620 Issues in Security, Privacy, and Anonymity 3
CSCI 631 Web Security 3
CSCI 632 Ethical Hacking 3
CSCI 651 Advanced Topics in Computer Security 3
CSCI 681 Capstone Project 3

Degree Completion Plans for programs offered by the School of Engineering and Computational Sciences can be accessed online at:

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