Computer and Systems Security Professional Science Master’s 

Earn a Computer and Systems Security Professional Science Master’s degree from Temple University’s College of Engineering to safeguard cyber-physical systems and integrated hardware and software infrastructure that operate networked computers, control and security systems for automated systems, intelligent machines and the Internet of Things.

This master’s program comprises six required courses (18 credits) and four electives (12 credits) that are customizable to your interests, for a total of 30 credits. An internship or senior capstone project provides practical applied experience to the program. Core courses include

  • Engineering Principles of Computer Intrusion and Detection,
  • Introduction to Cryptography and Information Security

The degree is designed to be experience-based and develop skills that are immediately applicable to a career. It may be completed in as few as 18 months through either full- or part-time study. All classes are held in the evening and taught by working cybersecurity industry experts. You may also customize your program through electives to tailor your skills to your interests.

Credit Requirements

The Computer and Systems Security PSM requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.

Classes & Curriculum

Coursework for the interdisciplinary PSM covers a wide range of topics, from hardware and software to project management and ethics. You’ll take 18 required and 12 electives to graduate.

  • Certificate Preparation, Cisco Networking Academy and CISSP: Prepare for the Cisco Certified Networking Security and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exams, valued throughout the industry.
  • Embedded Security Safeguards: Learn how to execute hardware implementation of cryptographic primitives, secure digital systems and more.
  • Hardware Component and Device Design-for-Security: Study construct security protocols, industrial control system safeguards, secure hardware design and more.
  • Intrusion and Detection: Learn how to analyze system vulnerability, intrude (offense) and detect (defense), and implement security measures.
  • Quality and Risk Management of Hardware Security: Learn how to ensure quality and manage or respond to risk within the context of project management. Study the ISO9001, 27001 and 27002 quality and security management systems standards.
  • Reverse Engineering for Counterintelligence: Master invasive and noninvasive methods of extracting information from advanced hardware and software systems.

See a full list of required courses for the Computer and Systems Security PSM

Computer systems and security students working in classroom

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Professional Science Masters program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,041.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,373.00 per credit


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