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15 semester credit hours

The Department of Computer Science has been designated as a National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE in CDE). This designation endorses that the below-listed courses cover cyber defense-related knowledge units identified by NSA CAE in CDE program. Based on this designation a student completing the below courses will qualify to obtain a certificate in information assurance.

Students meeting the requirements of this program can obtain their certificate by applying prior to their graduation.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to understand common security threats and recognize vulnerabilities in information systems.
  • Ability to understand and apply methods and techniques developed to protect information systems and cyber-physical systems, data stored on these systems as well as data communicated over networks.
  • Ability to understand and apply security/privacy policies as well as use security/privacy-enhancing technologies.
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical issues and concepts.

Program Faculty

Admission Requirements

Students must gain admission to the MS CS program or be eligible to take graduate courses in CS as a non-degree seeking student

Certificate Requirements

Students must complete the following five courses with a GPA of 3.2 or better.

  • CS 6324 Information Security
  • CS 6348 Data and Applications Security
  • CS 6349 Network Security
  • 6332 Systems Security and Malicious Code Analysis**
  • CS 6378 Advanced Operating Systems
To apply for this certificate, please contact the Director of Graduate Advising.

**New name and revised curriculum effective fall 2022.**

The Department of Computer Science has been designated as a National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE in CyberOps). This designation endorses that the courses listed below cover cyber operations-related knowledge units identified by NSA CAE in CyberOps program. Based on this designation a student completing eight courses (that include six core courses and two elective courses) from the list below will have the following notation recorded on their transcript.

“Completed Curriculum Requirements for National Security Agency’s Graduate Level Designation in Cyber Operations at UT Dallas”

Students meeting the requirements of this program can have the designation clause recorded on their transcripts by applying prior to their graduation.

Core Courses:

  • CS 6301 Wireless Networks
  • CS 6324 Information Security
  • CS 6332 System Security and Malicious Code Analysis
  • CS 6349 Network Security
  • 6332 Systems Security and Malicious Code Analysis**
  • CS 6390 Advanced Computer Networks

Elective Courses:

Two electives among the below courses:

  • ACCT 6336 Information Technology Audit and Risk Management*
  • CE 6301 Advanced Digital Logic
  • CS 6301 Secure Cloud Computing
  • CS 6377 Introduction to Cryptography
  • CS 6396 Real-Time Systems
  • CS 7301 Cyber-physical Systems Security
  • CS 6378 Advanced Operating Systems
  • CE 6302 Microprocessor Systems
  • CS 4397 Embedded Computer Systems**
  • CS 4398 Digital Forensics*
*ACCT 6336, CS 4397, and CS 4398 do not count as an elective in the CS/SE graduate degree plan*

** New name and revised curriculum effective fall 2022 ** 

To apply for this designation, please contact the Director of Graduate Advising.

**New name and revised curriculum effective fall 2022.**

Department of Computer Science