Graduate Coordinator: David Eggert, Associate Professor of Computer Science, PhD, University of South Florida.
Put Yourself at the Intersection of Informational Technology and Computer Science
The hands-on exploration of information technology. The foundational theory of computer science. Cross the two and you’ll be at the exact spot where some of the most dynamic and challenging careers are to be found today. Our cyber systems program prepares you for these careers with a combination of practical skills and cutting-edge knowledge, leading you to success as an Information Security Analyst, Digital Forensic Examiner, Network Engineer, or System Administrator — to name just a few of your possible career titles.
No Programming or IT Background? No Problem
There are two versions to the program. One version is for those who already hold a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a closely related field, while the other is for those with no prior education in these areas. Those coming to the program without this education simply complete a set of four additional bridge courses on the topics of programming and computer systems. These will help you transition from your previous background to a level of readiness that enables you to successfully pursue the rest of the degree program.
Choose Your Electives — Choose Your Career Path
Thanks to an ever-evolving set of electives, you can focus on the area that most attracts you. These are the areas that currently show high demand in the field of cyber systems:
A Serious Project Prepares You for the Real World of Cyber Systems
You will complete a substantial project that will demonstrate your level of expertise and professionalism so that you can hit the ground running when you land that coveted position in your chosen area. There are three ways to satisfy the project requirement: a thesis for which research would be done; taking a course in which a significant project occurs; or taking a separate course specifically dedicated to a project.
Students coming in with an adequate background in Computer Science or Information Technology have to complete 30 credit hours of coursework consisting of 21 credit hours of required courses and 9 credit hours of electives. In addition, within these 30 credit hours of coursework, students must satisfy a project requirement. Students with a background other than CS/IT may need to complete up to 12 additional credits of core courses. Below are the formal course requirements.