Feb 02, 2023  
Mercy College 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
Mercy College 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cybersecurity, M.S.

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John Yoon, Ph.D., Program Director

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The Master of Science in Cybersecurity is designed to educate students to be equipped with the technical skills and analytical abilities to secure e digital assets, defend computers, shield computer networks and protect critical national infrastructure. Cyber-Physical spaces are under constant threat and attacks from hackers, viruses, and electronic intruders. The curriculum in the program not only builds solid foundation in information assurance and security but also follows the latest development in the field closely.

Mercy College Cybersecurity Education Center is one of the Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense, which has been designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Please refer the center website: http://www.mercy.edu/ias.


The Cybersecurity program offers students a combination of strong foundations in cybersecurity theory and hands-on skills in practical lab works. 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 highly demanded 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, all in leading cooperates, local and federal governments.

Expectations of the Graduate

Graduates will be able to:

  • identify types of risks, cyber threats and vulnerabilities in IT infrastructures through wired and wireless networks
  • prove the concepts of cyber defense, cyber offense, cyber investigation and cyber management
  • identify research problems, compare with previous approaches, develop solutions and discuss the research results
  • apply knowledge of the privacy of information, information hiding, information assurance, information encryption/decryption
  • function effectively in a team to complete prototyping of detection, prevention and protection for internal and external cyber-attacks and cyber intrusions
  • validate evidence related to cyber-crimes from personal computers, smartphones, infrastructure hosts, wired and wireless networks

Admission Requirements

Please refer to the general requirements for admission and matriculation in the Admissions  section.

Requirements for admission to the Cybersecurity program include:

  1. Baccalaureate transcript.
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
  3. At least one letter of recommendation that provides evidence of personal and/or professional qualifications for graduate study.
  4. A plan of study and research in Cybersecurity
  5. Foundational knowledge in computer programming, computer networking and database management demonstrated by transcripts or IT related work experiences and certificates. Students are required to take IASP 505 - Foundation of Cybersecurity Sciences   to refresh their domain knowledge.
  6. Students with a GPA below 3.0 and/or with no proof of domain knowledge are required to make an appointment for an interview with the program director.

Degree Requirements

30 credits are required to earn an M.S. in Cybersecurity. Each student should take at least one course, including IASP 500  , from each course category. The courses and course categories are listed below. The IASP 600 - Master Project  is required. Students who successfully complete a IASP 600 - Master Project   may obtain approval from the program director to pursue further on a IASP 601 - Master Thesis  .


Cybersecurity program offers the courses in four categories: Application courses, Network courses, Legal & Management courses, and Special courses (such as IASP 595 )

Core Courses

Students must take the following two courses: 

Application Courses

Students must take at least one course from the following: 

Network Courses

Students must at least take one course from the following: 

Legal/Management Courses

Students must take at least one course from the following: 

Special Courses

Note: IASP 600  is the required capstone for this program. Students may also take any course in this section to complete their 30 credit major requirement. 

Capstone Continuation

Additional Program Information

Online Courses

Every course in the program is offered both online and on-campus. In a case of one course is cancelled due to low number of enrollment, students can register the other but are allowed to take it either online or on-campus.

Advisement and Plan of Study

Those students looking for advice and direction on academic issues, individual plans of study, course waivers and program requirements should contact the program director.

Non-Degree students must obtain permission to register from the program director or the chair before the beginning of each session. All questions regarding degree requirements and waivers must be discussed with the program director.

Transfer Credits

Advanced graduate courses taken at other graduate schools prior to admission to the Cybersecurity Master’s program may be transferred for credit with the permission of the program director. Such courses may be used to meet the degree requirements, provided the student requests the transfer of credit in writing at the time of application. Transfer credit must be advanced work for courses with a grade of B or better completed within the three-five year period prior to admission to the program. The grades received in those courses for which transfer credit is granted are not computed in the quality-point average for work performed in the program. All transfer credits must be from courses completed within the last five years. Transfer credit is generally limited to six credits. Up to 6 credits can be accepted in transfer based on a review by the program director and approval by the Chair of the department.

Course Load

In order to be designated as full-time a student must take nine credits per semester. No students may exceed nine credits per semester. Part-time students may take three to six credits per semester. Courses are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters

Maintenance of Matriculation

It is expected that students will fulfill the requirements for their graduate degree by registering over successive sessions. Registration is accomplished by either enrolling in classes or maintaining matriculation. The Maintaining Matriculation fee is $100 per session and is processed as a registration.

Students who have not maintained matriculation and wish to return to their program within one year after their last course will be charged the Maintaining Matriculation fee of $100 for each missed session. Maintenance of matriculation without attending classes is limited to one year. Activated U.S. Military Reservists are not required to pay the Maintenance of Matriculation fee.

Capstone Advisement

Students who take the project option should complete their project (IASP 600 ) within one semester, and thesis (IASP 601 )option within two consecutive terms. If students could not complete their work within the term(s), they should register for Capstone Continuation (IASP 890 , equal to the cost of one graduate credit), but no more than two terms.

A student’s degree will not be released until all Maintaining Matriculation and Capstone Continuation registration and fees are recorded appropriately on a student’s record.

Procedures for Readmission

Students who have not attended classes for one year and who have not maintained matriculation, but are desirous of resuming their studies, are required to file an application for readmission with the Office of Graduate Admissions. Such students are required to re-enter under the existing admission standards and program requirements of the program at the time of re-entry.

Maintenance of Good Academic Standing

The cumulative GPA for both good academic standing and degree conferral is a 3.0. A student admitted as a special matriculant is required to achieve a 3.0 average or better after completing six credits. Grades are subject to review by the faculty advisor and program director at the end of each term. If the academic average falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation.

Academic Probation

All students who have a cumulative GPA of below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. If a student will not be able to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 within a reasonable time, the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student receives a grade of F or FW in any course the student may be subject to dismissal from the College. For all students on probation, future registrations must be reviewed and approved by the director of the student’s program as well as the school dean.

In all subsequent terms in which the student is on probation the student is required to achieve a term GPA of 3.0 or higher. If the 3.0 or higher is not achieved, the student will be dismissed. Students who receive a grade of lower than B may be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat a course only once.

Incomplete Grades

The grade of Incomplete may be granted for a course in which the student has not completed all course requirements due to extenuating and unforeseeable circumstances. The student must request an incomplete grade directly from the instructor; it should not be considered automatic.

All grades of Incomplete must be completed within one year. If not completed in a year, the course must be retaken.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation a student must complete 30 credits of the program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Time Limit

Requirements for the degree must be completed within five years from the candidate’s date of matriculation (exclusive of time spent in the Armed Forces). An exception may be made by the program director if the student’s request demonstrates circumstances beyond his or her control that temporarily interfere with the ability to complete the program on time.

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