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  • B.S./M.S. in Cybersecurity

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    With an industry rising faster than any other, explore how our program prepares you to protect the digital world we live in and rely on.
    Degree:
    B.S./M.S.
    School:
    School of Liberal Arts
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry, Bronx & Online
    Credits:
    138

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Cybersecurity B.S./M.S. Curriculum

Bachelor of Science
General Liberal Arts and Science
General Education Requirements 60 Credits

CISC 131, 231, MATH 116 (or MATH 115) and MATH/CISC 120, MATH 122, MATH 201 are prerequisites for the major and must be used to fulfill general education requirement

Major Concentration
Cybersecurity (Undergraduate Courses) 39 Credits
Major Electives 9 Credits
Open Electives* 12 Credits

Master of Science

Course work completed during B.S. degree* 12 Credits
Course work completed during M.S. degree 18 Credits
Total 138 Credits

* Students may take up to four graduate courses to fulfill the open elective requirements of the B.S. in Cybersecurity. These graduate courses may also be used to fulfill the requirements of the M.S. in Cybersecurity. Please see Graduate Catalog for course descriptions. Students who choose the dual degree program in Cybersecurity must complete:

Undergraduate Courses

Foundation Courses

  • MATH 244 Discrete Structures
  • IASP 221 Linux Administration
  • IASP 230 Introduction to Cybersecurity**

Major Courses

  • IASP 330 Dster Recvry/Business Continut
  • CISC 335 Computer Network II
  • CISC 337 Database Mgmt Systems
  • IASP 355 Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking
  • CISC 385 Cryptography/Computer Security
  • ISAP 340 Security Policy & Procedures
  • IASP 420 Network Security
  • IASP 430 Forensic/Electronic Discovery
  • IASP 455 Secure and Intelligent Programming
  • IASP 470 System Security

Major Electives

  • CISC 311 Object/Structure/Algorithim I
  • CISC 339 Artificial Intelligence
  • CISC 341 Computer Architecture
  • ISAP 460 Wireless Network and Security
  • CISC 411 Object/Structure/Algorithim II
  • CISC 421 Operating Systems
  • CISC 430 Healthcare Analytics and Apps
  • CISC 359 Web Site Administration
  • IASP 380 Working Experience in Cybersecurity Field I
  • IASP 381 Working Experience in Cybersecurity Field II
  • CISC 370 Systems Analysis & Design
  • IASP 395 Special Topics in Cybersecurity
  • IASP 397 Independent Study in Cybersecurity

  • Mercy College’s 15-credit residency requirement in the major concentrations of Cybersecurity must be satisfied by courses numbered 200 or above.
  • Cybersecurity majors who have not had their Mathematics core requirement waived should complete MATH 116 and MATH 201 (rather than MATH 115) as part of their General Education requirement, hence can take MATH 244 in sequence. Students should contact their faculty advisors or department chair before taking MATH 115.
  • CISC 120 is a prerequisite for introductory courses, but may be waived if students pass the waive exam.
  • Some courses are offered once a year. Please check with the department for the current course offering schedule.

*These courses fulfill part of the General Education requirements. The total of major concentration is 16 courses or 48 credits.

**This course can be transferred into if students have current security+ certificate.

Open Electives

  • Any four courses

Mercy College's 15-credit residency requirement in the major concentrations of cybersecurity must be satisfied by courses numbered 200 or above

*These courses fulfill part of the General Education requirements. The total of major concentration is 16 courses or 48 credits. 

**This course can be transferred into if students have current security and certificate.

Graduate Courses

Any six of the following at most*

  • IASP 500 Topics in Information Security
  • IASP 505 Fndn Cybersecurity Sciences
  • IASP 510 Social Implication of Info Sec
  • IASP 520 Data Mining/Knowledge Discover
  • IASP 525 Distributed Database/Security
  • IASP 530 Forensic Computing
  • IASP 540 Info Assurance & Mgt
  • IASP 550 Firewall & Intrusion Detection
  • IASP 555 Mobile Technologies and Wireless Sensor Services
  • IASP 560 Wireless Network & Security
  • IASP 565 Internet Media & Security
  • IASP 580 IT Audit & Compliance
  • IASP 585 Applied Cryptography

*Students should not take any graduate level courses until they have completed 60 credits and maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 each semester at Mercy College. Students are encouraged to discuss with their academic advisors or program heads about suitable graduate course selection.

NOTE:

  1. Fresh students should apply for B.S. in Cybersecurity first and B.S./M.S. dual degree upon completion of the 51 credits General Education requirement and completion of at least 15 credits in their major field of study with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Students need to apply to the dual degree program through the Admissions Office.
  2. Transferred students without Associate degree to B.S. in cybersecurity may apply for B.S./M.S. dual degree upon completion of the 51 credits General Education requirement and completion of at least 15 credits in their major field of study. 30 credits must be taken in residency at Mercy College with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Students need apply to the dual degree program through the Admissions Office. 
  3. To remain in the dual program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 each semester at Mercy College. Students may not take any graduate level courses until they have completed 60 credits and have an approval from program head. 
  4. Students are allowed to take up to four graduate courses in Cybersecurity before their B.S. degree is earned. At most four graduate courses are used for both the B.S. and M.S. degree requirements. Any graduate courses earned more than four maximum are not counted fro any degree requirements. 
  5. Upon completion of the B.S. degree requirements, dual degree students should apply for the B.S. degree and contact the Admissions Office to apply for the M.S. degree. Subsequently, students can take the fifth and more graduate courses. 

 

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English isn’t my native language. Is there an English language requirement?
You must demonstrate proficiency in English. That means reading, writing, speaking and an understanding of the spoken language at a graduate level. Proficiency will be determined by a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a test(s) approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
If I have an associate’s degree, could I take the accelerated program?
Yes. For specifics on transferred credits please speak to program director.

Cybersecurity Overview

The Dual Degree program in Cybersecurity provides an opportunity for talented students to earn a bachelor's and master's degrees in five years. Graduates of this program will take leadership positions in business as professionals in the application of sound security policies, providing protection and disaster recovery to critical control systems.

Information systems are under constant threats from hackers, viruses, and worms. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook (2010-11 edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/) describes "Computer security specialists plan, coordinate, and maintain an organization's information security. These workers educate users about computer security, install security software, monitor networks for security breaches, respond to cyber attacks, and, in some cases, gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crime. The responsibilities of computer security specialists have increased in recent years as cyber attacks have become more sophisticated". It projects employment under the IT category to "grow much faster than the average for all occupations and add 286,600 new jobs over the 2008-18 decade". 

The literature and announced job openings indicate a huge shortage of qualified workers in this field. The Department of Homeland Security (http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers/cyberjobfair/) "is using special hiring authorities to fill up to 1,000 skilled cyber specialist positions over three years across many Department components”. Securing cyberspace and the national information infrastructure is critical and can be achieved only when qualified workers are available. Mercy College is responding to this shortage in cyber specialists by offering this undergraduate and graduate program in Cybersecurity at two campuses and online.

Cybersecurity FAQS

English isn’t my native language. Is there an English language requirement?
You must demonstrate proficiency in English. That means reading, writing, speaking and an understanding of the spoken language at a graduate level. Proficiency will be determined by a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a test(s) approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
If I have an associate’s degree, could I take the accelerated program?
Yes. For specifics on transferred credits please speak to program director.
Degree in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Fast Facts

  • 5-Year B.S./M.S. Program or 18-Month M.S.
  • Real-World Educators
  • GRE Optional
  • Flexible and Online Options

Career Opportunities

Graduates are able to monitor security systems, including firewalls and intrusion detection systems; create, implement, and oversee security policies; plan disaster recovery; conduct regular compliance audits, and prepare to take the CISSP certification exam.

Cybersecurity Accolades

Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

 

 

Cybersecurity Objectives

The Cybersecurity program offers students a combination of strong foundation in theory and practical skills in security and privacy engineering. Graduates of this program will understand security and privacy from technological, legal and managerial perspectives. They will be prepared to create, implement and oversee security systems and security policies. They are positioned for the advanced supervisory positions in the field such as Information System Security Officer, Network Security administrator, Information Security Analyst, Forensic Analyst, IT Auditor, Information Assurance Compliance Officer, Principal System Security Engineer, Information Security Specialist, Information Assurance Specialist, IT Security Analyst, Information System Governance Officer, Information Assurance Engineer and Information Assurance Analyst. Moreover, graduates will be prepared for acquiring professional certificates like Certified Information System Security Professionals (CISSP).