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Cyber Operations

Cyber Operations

Program Description

Cyber Operations are defined as those actions taken to affect adversary information and information systems while defending one’s own information and information systems. Cyber Operations (CO) encompasses most of the technological aspects of Information Operations (IO). To support CO, professionals must be cognizant of the tools, techniques, and practices required in protecting these resources. At the technical level, CO encompasses multiple scientific disciplines required to ensure the security of critical infrastructures such as: computer and network defense, attack and exploitation cryptography, computer forensic, systems security engineering and operations, application software security, and threat and vulnerability assessments/analyses. Cyber Operations also encompasses managerial aspects such as: strategic and tactical planning for INFOSEC, managerial and engineering ethics, legalities, managerial roles and responsibilities, risk management, information assurance systems, and product acquisition.

Admissions Requirements

Degree Required: BS in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. Applicants with computer-oriented technical degrees in other fields may be considered.

Mathematics Required: Differential and Integral Calculus

Test Required: GRE - 153V/148Q (within the last five years)

GPA Required: Overall - 3.0; Mathematics - 3.0; Major - 3.0

Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

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Outcomes & Objectives

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs):

  • Breadth. Graduates apply foundational scientific concepts and sound engineering principles to efficiently and effectively advance Air Force, Space Force, and DoD technological capabilities

  • Depth. Graduates are well-educated, highly-valued, and successful engineers and scientists

  • Teamwork. Graduates significantly contribute to technical interdisciplinary team projects

  • Professionalism. Graduates professionally communicate technical solutions and results

  • Lifelong Learning. Graduates continue to pursue lifelong multidisciplinary learning as professional engineers and scientists

Program Outcomes (POs):
|Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of cyber operations

  • Communicate technical information clearly by written and oral means

  • Conduct independent research on topics related to computer engineering, including identifying and scoping a problem, locating and synthesizing relevant published prior work, planning and executing valid research, documenting results, and publishing them

  • Apply the scientific method and use reliable standards of evidence for conclusions reached

  • Independently learn technical details for which they are responsible

Program Chair

Dr. Scott R. Graham

Degree Information

Degree Type: Master's


Delivery Method: In-Residence


Degree Requirements

  • Core Courses (24 hours) 
  • Mathematics (4 hours)
  • Cyber Operations Breadth (8 hours)
  • Thesis research (12 hours)

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