Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Program Details

Cyber Operations
Current as of: 08/04/2014

Degree Type: MS

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.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

  1. Breadth. Apply foundational scientific concepts and sound engineering principles to efficiently and effectively advance Air Force and DoD technological capabilities.
  2. Depth. Are well-educated, highly valued, and successful engineers and scientists.
  3. Teamwork. Significantly contribute to technical interdisciplinary team projects.
  4. Professionalism. Professionally communicate technical solutions and results.
  5. Lifelong Learning. Continue to pursue lifelong multidisciplinary learning as professional engineers and scientists.

Program Outcomes (POs)

  1. Provide an in depth and comprehensive understanding of Cyber Operations.
  2. Enhance the ability of students to learn, on their own, technical details for which they are responsible.
  3. Enhances the ability of a student to apply the knowledge learned to solve technical problems that arise in research they conduct or supervise.
  4. Enhance the ability of a student to study an issue, identify and evaluate alternative actions, propose an optimal course of action.
  5. Enhance the ability of a student to prepare technical point papers, brief their seniors, and defend their conclusions.

School and Program Admission Requirements

Degree Required: BS in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. Applicants with computer-oriented technical degrees in other fields may be considered. Some applicants may need to complete articulation requirements to address any weaknesses in their backgrounds. Students must possess the following background knowledge prior to fully engaging in the program: proficiency in software programming and code development; knowledge and application of data structures, computer architecture, and operating systems.

Mathematics Required: Differential and Integral Calculus

Test Required: GRE - 153V/148Q

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


Degree Requirements

Core Courses (24 Hours)

Mathematics (4 Hours)

Cyber Operations Breadth (8 Hours)

Thesis (12 Hours)