Online Master's in Cybersecurity

A Thriving Field with Amazing Upside

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$116,919

National average salary for a Cybersecurity Engineer in the United States

Source: http://ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Cyber-Security-Engineer-Salary

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65%

Number of organizations reporting a demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals

Source: ISC2 2018 Cybersecurity Workforce Study

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500,000+

North American need for Cybersecurity experts

Source: ISC2 2018 Cybersecurity Workforce Study

Cybersecurity Program Information

Led by cybersecurity experts with a world of experience.

The SMU Master’s in Cybersecurity program is taught through the SMU Lyle School of Engineering, a prestigious educational and research center for engineering and technology. The program is housed in SMU’s Computer Science department, chaired by Dr. Frederick Chang, former Director of Research at the National Security Agency and the Executive Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cybersecurity.

SMU’s Online Master’s in Cybersecurity program features:

  • 10 courses (30 credits)
  • Program can be completed in less than two years
  • Applications now being accepted
  • Program start for first cohort: January 2020
  • Three start dates per year: fall, spring, and summer term starts available

Courses will be taught by some of the best minds in the field, covering a wide range of current security issues, including but not limited to:

  • Secure encryption systems
  • Malware delivery
  • Advanced instruction-level parallelism
  • Uniprocessor computer architecture
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Virtual memory management
  • Software testing and quality assurance
  • Compliance
  • Risk analysis

Earning a master’s degree in cybersecurity will enhance students' professional success as they achieve an understanding of crucial issues including cyber risk mitigation, compliance, and an organization-wide strategy for cybersecurity.

Real-World Experience 

Professors in the program collaborate with government and industry to help solve some of the world’s most pressing cybersecurity threats and challenges, taking advantage of highly advanced technology and the innovation ecosystem fostered at SMU.

Professors are able to bring latest research and best practices to students to effectively prepare them for a successful career in a fast-growing field.

When you graduate from SMU with your Master’s in Cybersecurity, not only will you leave equipped to make courageous changes in your workplace, but you will also become a member of our extensive alumni network.

Two cyber security professionals working collaboratively in front of a computer

Dr. Frederick R. Chang, Chair of Lyle's Computer Science Department

Dr. Frederick R. Chang is the chair of the Computer Science Department in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU).  He is also the Executive Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, the Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security, and Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He is a Senior Fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in SMU’s Dedman College. Additionally, Chang’s career spans service in the private sector and in government including as the former Director of Research at the National Security Agency.

Dr. Chang was elected as a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering in 2016.  He is currently a member of the Intelligence Community Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and he has served as a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies. He is the lead inventor on two U.S. patents and has twice served as a cybersecurity expert witness at hearings convened by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology.  Dr. Chang received his B.A. degree from the University of California, San Diego and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oregon.  He has completed the Program for Senior Executives at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He has been awarded the National Security Agency Director’s Distinguished Service Medal.


Klyne Smith

Dr. Klyne Smith

Dr. Klyne Smith has more than 25 years of IT and Telecommunication technical experience in project management, complex solution delivery, requirements, business development, consulting, and operations.  He has managed end to end solutions across IT, transportation, sports, retail, utilities, finance, entertainment, and telecommunication.  Dr. Smith has successfully delivered solutions on 5 continents and in over 20 countries. 

Dr. Smith has his Doctor of Software Engineering from Southern Methodist University; BS in Computer Science / Mathematics from Xavier University; MIS from George Washington University; MBA from Christian Brothers University; certification in Project Manager (PMP).

In 2018, Dr. Smith started his own Professional Services Delivery company with a focus on de-risking project execution, developing/innovating organization project management capabilities, and leading day to day complex solution delivery projects. 

Dr. Smith teaches graduate and undergraduate students on Project Management, Software Engineering, Requirements Engineering, Network Architecture Design, Senior Design Capstone, and Software Defined Networking at Southern Methodist University.  Dr. Smith integrates enterprise solutions, data analytics, application security, cloud, and orchestration through projects and assignments.

Prior to starting his own company, Dr. Smith worked and held senior executive positions at IBM, Masergy Communications, Caesars Entertainment, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and TRT.  Throughout his career, he was the primary delivery lead or made significant contributions in developing and executing technical business strategies for companies such as Comcast, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Amtrak, Target, Macy’s, Coke, the NBA, the Olympics, Hertz, AT&T, NET Brazil, New York Transit Authority, Maxis, Claro, Bell Canada, Proctor and Gamble, New York Stock Exchange, Chattanooga Utilities, Bharti, Telstra, China Unicom, and SingTel.


Frank P Coyle

Dr. Frank P. Coyle

Director: Software Engineering Program
Senior Lecturer

Education:

PhD (CS) Southern Methodist University, 1992
MS (CS) Georgia Tech, 1974
MS (NeuroPsych) Emory University, 1972
BS (Psychology) Fordham University, 1967

We’re using the latest education technology to make your online class every bit as personal and interactive as the classroom. You may not be driving to campus but, fair warning, your teachers will still be calling your name. The benefits of this online program include:

Live, Online Cybersecurity Classes

Classmates and instructors come face-to-face to engage in weekly live classes on the online platform. Classes are kept small and are taught in a dynamic seminar style that facilitates close collaboration.

live, online cybersecurity classes

Self-Paced Coursework

Coursework can be completed anywhere at any time. This includes recorded video lectures, quizzes, case studies, and guest speakers that students can access during their busy schedules.

Online networking and collaborating

24/7 Accessible Mobile App

Online resources can be accessed from anywhere with a phone or tablet. Students can stay organized with note taking and scheduling features and use the app’s offline mode to view lectures and assignments without an Internet connection.

Online Networking and Collaboration

The Cybersecurity@SMU community stays connected with the online platform. Students collaborate with classmates on group projects, talk one-on-one with professors and network with other professionals in the cyber security field.

The SMU Master of Science in Cybersecurity program comprises a rigorous, comprehensive, 10-course curriculum that is specifically designed to prepare graduates for successful careers in this expanding field: 

  • Computer System Security 
  • Data and Network Security 
  • Software Security 
  • Software Testing and Quality Assurance 
  • Introduction to Data Mining and Related Topics 
  • Hardware Security and Trojan Detection 
  • Digital Forensics 
  • Security Economics 
  • Computer Architecture 
  • Operating Systems and System Software

Admission requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in statistics, applied mathematics, computer science, engineering or other quantitative discipline
  2. Experience with a programming language (R, JAVA, C++, Python, etc.)
  3. At least two courses completed in calculus (i.e., Calculus I & II)

* The GRE may be waived under certain circumstances.

January 2020
Per year tuition including fees: $25,560

Special financial awards will be given to students enrolling in our inaugural program year.

Scholarships of up to 30% are available to qualifying students.

Payment Plan Options Available

If you plan to apply for financial aid to help fund your studies at SMU, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).The SMU school code is 003613, be sure to sign your FAFSA application electronically upon submission.

 

Application Instructions

Please use this checklist as your guide for ensuring all your application materials are complete.

  1. Complete the graduate application
    Fill out all required fields and submit the online application.

  2. Pay the $75 application fee ($45 fee for Priority Date Submission)
    After submitting your application, you will be able to pay this fee from your application page. Your application will not finish submission process until fee is paid.

  3. Order transcripts (upload unofficial to application)
    Request from the Registrar of each college or university attended that an official transcript of your work be sent directly to the address below:

    Graduate Application Processing
    PO Box 750275
    Dallas, TX 75275-0275

  4. GRE test scores (provide on application, these will be verified) SMU-Global and Online code 4459
    *GRE test scores may be waived if applicant has at least one year of industry experience in a related field for the Cybersecurity Master’s Program. Must submit updated resume.

  5. Letters of Recommendations
    For Master's applicants the recommendation letters are optional and not required. If you wish to have them considered, please have the person writing your letter of rec email it to online@smu.edu.
    Letters of recommendation should be written by current or past professors or employment supervisors.

  6. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted (provide on application, will be verified)

    If English is not your native language:

    • For the TOEFL we require a minimum overall score of 80 out of 120
    • For the IELTS exam we require a minimum overall score of 6.5
    • TOEFL or IELTS test is waived if you received a degree from an American University

  7. Professional Resume (upload to application)

  8. Statement of Purpose (upload to application)

Start your application online.

Led by cybersecurity experts with a world of experience.

The SMU Master’s in Cybersecurity program is taught through the SMU Lyle School of Engineering, a prestigious educational and research center for engineering and technology. The program is housed in SMU’s Computer Science department, chaired by Dr. Frederick Chang, former Director of Research at the National Security Agency and the Executive Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cybersecurity.

SMU’s Online Master’s in Cybersecurity program features:

  • 10 courses (30 credits)
  • Program can be completed in less than two years
  • Applications now being accepted
  • Program start for first cohort: January 2020
  • Three start dates per year: fall, spring, and summer term starts available

Courses will be taught by some of the best minds in the field, covering a wide range of current security issues, including but not limited to:

  • Secure encryption systems
  • Malware delivery
  • Advanced instruction-level parallelism
  • Uniprocessor computer architecture
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Virtual memory management
  • Software testing and quality assurance
  • Compliance
  • Risk analysis

Earning a master’s degree in cybersecurity will enhance students' professional success as they achieve an understanding of crucial issues including cyber risk mitigation, compliance, and an organization-wide strategy for cybersecurity.

Real-World Experience 

Professors in the program collaborate with government and industry to help solve some of the world’s most pressing cybersecurity threats and challenges, taking advantage of highly advanced technology and the innovation ecosystem fostered at SMU.

Professors are able to bring latest research and best practices to students to effectively prepare them for a successful career in a fast-growing field.

When you graduate from SMU with your Master’s in Cybersecurity, not only will you leave equipped to make courageous changes in your workplace, but you will also become a member of our extensive alumni network.

Two cyber security professionals working collaboratively in front of a computer

Dr. Frederick R. Chang, Chair of Lyle's Computer Science Department

Dr. Frederick R. Chang is the chair of the Computer Science Department in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU).  He is also the Executive Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, the Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security, and Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He is a Senior Fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in SMU’s Dedman College. Additionally, Chang’s career spans service in the private sector and in government including as the former Director of Research at the National Security Agency.

Dr. Chang was elected as a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering in 2016.  He is currently a member of the Intelligence Community Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and he has served as a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies. He is the lead inventor on two U.S. patents and has twice served as a cybersecurity expert witness at hearings convened by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology.  Dr. Chang received his B.A. degree from the University of California, San Diego and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oregon.  He has completed the Program for Senior Executives at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He has been awarded the National Security Agency Director’s Distinguished Service Medal.


Klyne Smith

Dr. Klyne Smith

Dr. Klyne Smith has more than 25 years of IT and Telecommunication technical experience in project management, complex solution delivery, requirements, business development, consulting, and operations.  He has managed end to end solutions across IT, transportation, sports, retail, utilities, finance, entertainment, and telecommunication.  Dr. Smith has successfully delivered solutions on 5 continents and in over 20 countries. 

Dr. Smith has his Doctor of Software Engineering from Southern Methodist University; BS in Computer Science / Mathematics from Xavier University; MIS from George Washington University; MBA from Christian Brothers University; certification in Project Manager (PMP).

In 2018, Dr. Smith started his own Professional Services Delivery company with a focus on de-risking project execution, developing/innovating organization project management capabilities, and leading day to day complex solution delivery projects. 

Dr. Smith teaches graduate and undergraduate students on Project Management, Software Engineering, Requirements Engineering, Network Architecture Design, Senior Design Capstone, and Software Defined Networking at Southern Methodist University.  Dr. Smith integrates enterprise solutions, data analytics, application security, cloud, and orchestration through projects and assignments.

Prior to starting his own company, Dr. Smith worked and held senior executive positions at IBM, Masergy Communications, Caesars Entertainment, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and TRT.  Throughout his career, he was the primary delivery lead or made significant contributions in developing and executing technical business strategies for companies such as Comcast, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Amtrak, Target, Macy’s, Coke, the NBA, the Olympics, Hertz, AT&T, NET Brazil, New York Transit Authority, Maxis, Claro, Bell Canada, Proctor and Gamble, New York Stock Exchange, Chattanooga Utilities, Bharti, Telstra, China Unicom, and SingTel.


Frank P Coyle

Dr. Frank P. Coyle

Director: Software Engineering Program
Senior Lecturer

Education:

PhD (CS) Southern Methodist University, 1992
MS (CS) Georgia Tech, 1974
MS (NeuroPsych) Emory University, 1972
BS (Psychology) Fordham University, 1967

We’re using the latest education technology to make your online class every bit as personal and interactive as the classroom. You may not be driving to campus but, fair warning, your teachers will still be calling your name. The benefits of this online program include:

Live, Online Cybersecurity Classes

Classmates and instructors come face-to-face to engage in weekly live classes on the online platform. Classes are kept small and are taught in a dynamic seminar style that facilitates close collaboration.

live, online cybersecurity classes

Self-Paced Coursework

Coursework can be completed anywhere at any time. This includes recorded video lectures, quizzes, case studies, and guest speakers that students can access during their busy schedules.

Online networking and collaborating

24/7 Accessible Mobile App

Online resources can be accessed from anywhere with a phone or tablet. Students can stay organized with note taking and scheduling features and use the app’s offline mode to view lectures and assignments without an Internet connection.

Online Networking and Collaboration

The Cybersecurity@SMU community stays connected with the online platform. Students collaborate with classmates on group projects, talk one-on-one with professors and network with other professionals in the cyber security field.

The SMU Master of Science in Cybersecurity program comprises a rigorous, comprehensive, 10-course curriculum that is specifically designed to prepare graduates for successful careers in this expanding field: 

  • Computer System Security 
  • Data and Network Security 
  • Software Security 
  • Software Testing and Quality Assurance 
  • Introduction to Data Mining and Related Topics 
  • Hardware Security and Trojan Detection 
  • Digital Forensics 
  • Security Economics 
  • Computer Architecture 
  • Operating Systems and System Software

Admission requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in statistics, applied mathematics, computer science, engineering or other quantitative discipline
  2. Experience with a programming language (R, JAVA, C++, Python, etc.)
  3. At least two courses completed in calculus (i.e., Calculus I & II)

* The GRE may be waived under certain circumstances.

January 2020
Per year tuition including fees: $25,560

Special financial awards will be given to students enrolling in our inaugural program year.

Scholarships of up to 30% are available to qualifying students.

Payment Plan Options Available

If you plan to apply for financial aid to help fund your studies at SMU, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).The SMU school code is 003613, be sure to sign your FAFSA application electronically upon submission.

 

Get Started

Complete the form below to get in touch with a Program Advisor.

Questions?

Talk to a Program Advisor.

Melvin Alvarenga

Phone: 214-768-1186
Email: Online@SMU.edu

Application Instructions

Please use this checklist as your guide for ensuring all your application materials are complete.

  1. Complete the graduate application
    Fill out all required fields and submit the online application.

  2. Pay the $75 application fee ($45 fee for Priority Date Submission)
    After submitting your application, you will be able to pay this fee from your application page. Your application will not finish submission process until fee is paid.

  3. Order transcripts (upload unofficial to application)
    Request from the Registrar of each college or university attended that an official transcript of your work be sent directly to the address below:

    Graduate Application Processing
    PO Box 750275
    Dallas, TX 75275-0275

  4. GRE test scores (provide on application, these will be verified) SMU-Global and Online code 4459
    *GRE test scores may be waived if applicant has at least one year of industry experience in a related field for the Cybersecurity Master’s Program. Must submit updated resume.

  5. Letters of Recommendations
    For Master's applicants the recommendation letters are optional and not required. If you wish to have them considered, please have the person writing your letter of rec email it to online@smu.edu.
    Letters of recommendation should be written by current or past professors or employment supervisors.

  6. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted (provide on application, will be verified)

    If English is not your native language

    • For the TOEFL we require a minimum overall score of 80 out of 120
    • For the IELTS exam we require a minimum overall score of 6.5
    • TOEFL or IELTS test is waived if you received a degree from an American University

  7. Professional Resume (upload to application)

  8. Statement of Purpose (upload  to application)

Start your application online.

 

Why Study Cybersecurity at SMU?

Two cyber security professionals working collaboratively in front of a computer

“Today's students will be responsible for tomorrow's cyber infrastructure. We need a large and capable pool of men and women to staff these positions for the future. Terrific university students around the country are graduating every year to pursue careers in cybersecurity. But their numbers barely make a dent in closing the cyber skills gap. It feels like we are trying to fill a swimming pool with an eye dropper.”

Dr. Frederick R. Chang
Executive Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cybersecurity, the Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cybersecurity and Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering

Dr. Frank P. Coyle, Senior Lecturer and Cybersecurity Program Director - SMU Lyle School of Engineering

“Companies today face a wide array of cybersecurity challenges ranging from protecting valuable infrastructure and data to guarding end-user privacy. The SMU Master's in Cybersecurity program will prepare individuals to help companies meet these challenges through a program of study geared to those just entering the security arena as well as security professionals looking to update their cybersecurity skill-set. ”

Dr. Frank P. Coyle
Senior Lecturer and Program Director 

Harold Collum, SMU Cybersecurity Advisory Member

Cybersecurity is the most dynamic field of study that traverses multiple disciplines. The Dallas region is also the most dynamic growth area in the U.S. As the #1 technology marker, it is the natural place to be the leader in cybersecurity education.”

Harold Collum
SMU Cybersecurity Advisory Member  
Co-founder & Executive Director, Cyber Future Foundation

Daren Dunkel, SMU Cybersecurity Advisory Member

Cybersecurity is a mission critical industry that our country has to get right. It’s constantly changing. Having SMU as a partner in this cutting-edge field is exciting and makes a lot of sense for Dallas.”

Daren Dunkel
SMU Cybersecurity Advisory Member  
Chief of Staff for CTO, McAfee

Paul Horn, SMU Cybersecurity Advisory Member

I am extremely honored and humbled to help drive the next generation of cybersecurity practitioners.  In today’s age, the cyber domain is a critical component to the success of any organization and will only become more important over time.”

Paul Horn
SMU Cybersecurity Advisory Member  
Chief Information Security Officer, HD Vest Financial Services

Lynne Howison, SMU Cybersecurity Advisory Member

Cyber and Data security continue to rank as one of the highest concerns among companies. SMU is not only keeping up with these concerns but also has leaders who are at the forefront of cyber thought leadership.”

Lynne Howison
SMU Cybersecurity Advisory Member  
CPA, Sr. Director of Internal Audit, Brinks Home Security