Computer Science & Information Systems

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the number of credits required for graduation?
The MS-CSIA degree program requires 33 credits for graduation (with thesis or no thesis option). For the full program outline please review the catalog.

How many "track" courses will I need to take to graduate?
There are 2 tracks: 1) Cyber and Web Security and 2) Government, Regulation, and Compliance (GRC)
and IS Controls

How many "core" courses will I need to take to graduate?
The core classes include:
CSIA 6000 Network Security 3
CSIA 6030 Advanced Persistent Threats 3
CSIA 6040 IT Project Management 3
CSIA 6060 IT Risk Management 3
PADM 6440 Research Methods 3

Do I have to take the courses in order?
No. Typically we recommend you take the core classes. Depending on the emphasis, we recommend you
work with the academic advisor for the best sequence of courses offered.

What is the average time per week I will need to dedicate to each of the MS in Cybersecurity courses?
The average is 9 hours per week (3 credits). Fourteen -week courses generally require more time per
week than 16-week courses. Your skill and knowledge level could influence the amount of time you
need to spend on some classes.

Do I need to complete my assignments on a weekly basis or are they self-paced?
Students will complete their assignments based on the deadlines of the course. The course syllabus will
define what assignments are due which will be available on the first day of class on Canvas (Learning
Management System). Students will get access to the syllabus and course content after they have
successfully registered.

How are the courses structured?
The courses are delivered on Canvas using a combination of voiced-over material supplemented by
online labs, assignments, projects, reading materials, quizzes, and exams.

What books do I need to purchase for the course?
Link to the catalog- Please refer to the course syllabus and description page.

How much does one course cost?
The amount charged for the online program consists of tuition. View the tuition table

Can I use my veteran's benefits to help pay for the MS in Cybersecurity program?
Yes. For SUU, please contact Amanda Keller, SUU Veterans’ Services Coordinator, at or  to make sure you are all set up by the VA before your
apply to the program.

Are tuition waivers available?

Yes, you may apply for a tuition waiver.