Master of Cybersecurity & Leadership Curriculum

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The Master of Cybersecurity and Leadership is a non-thesis, 40 credit-hour cohort based program that balances a technically-oriented curriculum focused on understanding the basic operations and functionality of cybersecurity systems and information assurance with a more behaviorally-oriented curriculum focused on the management of technical professionals and organizational leadership. Eight 5-credit courses will be offered over four quarters commencing in Autumn 2017. Instruction will be held twice a week, with a mix of evening and Saturday classes.

MCL graduates leave with a practical understanding of operational cybersecurity, including the principles of data protection, network security, and information assurance, as well as the skills to manage technical professionals and lead strategic change in their organization.


Communication Skills

Our graduates are effective interdisciplinary communicators who can integrate the technical aspects of cybersecurity with the strategic and managerial concerns of their organization.

  • They are fluent in concepts and terminology appropriate for a leader in cybersecurity.
  • They communicate effectively orally and in writing in professional settings.

Risk Management Skills

Our graduates are diagnostic problem-solvers who can evaluate the information security needs and design strong cybersecurity capabilities for their organizations.

  • They can use risk assessment concepts and methodologies to determine proactive measures in protecting organizations from critical data exposure.
  • They are able to evaluate a major cybersecurity event, evaluate the business impact, determine risk posture and develop effective responses.

Leadership and Interpersonal Skills

Our graduates are change-savvy managers who can effectively coordinate activities and lead individuals and teams.

  • They understand how to launch and assess organizational change initiatives.
  • They understand how to effectively lead and manage teams.
  • They work effectively within an interdependent group to achieve common goals.

Course Curriculum

Each quarter, students will take two 5-credit courses. One course will be taught by the Milgard School of Business faculty and the other course will be taught through the Institute of Technology. These courses set the foundation for students to complete a team-based capstone project with a local organization in the final quarter of the program.

Autumn 2018
TCSL 520               Business Essentials
TCSL 550               Networking and Internet Security

Winter 2019
TCSL 510               Principles of Cybersecurity
TCSL 540               Leadership and Team Dynamics

Spring 2019
TCSL 530               Information Assurance, Risk Management and Security Strategies
TCSL 560               Strategic Organization Change

Summer 2019
TCSL 570               Cybersecurity Management
TCSL 580               Project Management