M.S. In Computing with Specialization

Our specialization in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense is designed to establish the knowledge about security planning and management and cyber issues and defenses for networks, databases and computing infrastructure. This specialization is the academic focus for the designation of Marquette University as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by NSA and DHS. The required courses for this specialization reflect the broad technical perspective. While studying theory and performing classroom exercises serve to provide foundational knowledge, practical experience reinforces understanding. Our program requires students to demonstrate their understanding through practical professional experience. Open the following section to see the requirements for this specialization.

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Degree requirements

  • COSC 6550: Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • COSC 6560: Principles of Service Management and System Administration
  • COSC 5300 Networks and Internets
  • An elective chosen from:
    • COSC 5360 Cyber Security
    • COSC 5800 Principles of Database Systems
    • COSC 6355 Mobile Computing COSC 6380 Advanced Database Systems
  • COSC 6964 Practicum for Research and Development in Computing or COSC 6998 Professional Project in Mathematics Statistics and Computer Science or COSC 6965 Curriculum Integrated Practicum or COSC 6999 Master's Thesis


If you are interested in more information about the program or want to start an application, please visit the Graduate School's information page for the M.S. in  Computing program.

If you are interested in applying to this program or exploring the application process, please visit the program information page or contact the Director, Dr. Thomas Kaczmarek.


has been designated a
Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

By the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency
for the curriculum path
M.S. in Computing with a specialization in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense