Do you have what it takes to join an intelligence agency?
If so, you may wish to consider joining The University of Tulsa’s Cyber Corps. The program has fielded more than 350 students since the fall of 2001. Approximately 70 percent have gone on to pursue very successful careers with the NSA or CIA. Other graduates have taken positions with agencies such as DHS, FBI, NASA and the Department of Defense (DoD).
TU’s Cyber Corps accepts students interested in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, applied physics, engineering physics or mathematics. The program also accommodates students who have strong expertise in computer science or computer engineering and are interested in pursuing law, business and liberal arts degrees.
TU’s Cyber Corps is an NSA Center of Excellence in Cyber Operations. The mission of the center is to train students in the art and science of cyber warfare, preparing them for professional careers with the intelligence community and DoD.
Students must be U.S. citizens with the ability to obtain TS//SCI clearances. Good grades and a passion for technology, problem solving and tradecraft is required. Fluency in an exotic language is an asset.
Cyber Corps students are eligible for two scholarships, NSF’s Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service and the Department of Defense’s Information Assurance Scholarship Program. The scholarships cover two years of study (junior level or higher) and can be extended. Both awards provide the following benefits:
- Nine-month stipend and room and board allowance of at least $32,000 ($20,000 for undergraduates)
- Free tuition, books and supplies
- Summer internship, typically in the Washington, D.C. area, that pays approximately $10,000 ($8,000 for undergraduates)
Tulsa Cyber Corps students have the opportunity to work directly with government agency personnel, including U.S. Secret Service and FBI agents, on real problems involving computers, networks and embedded devices. Students often work alongside local, state and federal law enforcement on active criminal investigations, including extracting digital evidence from damaged, shattered and burned cell phones and other electronic devices (see details from Science). TU Cyber Corps students helped Tulsa Police crack a triple homicide case that was profiled on the nationally televised program Forensic Files (view case details). Students also perform penetration tests and risk assessments of major critical infrastructure assets, such as oil and gas pipelines, offshore oil and gas facilities, and electric and gas utilities (see details from Washington Post).
For more information, contact Dr. Sujeet Shenoi at Sujeet@UTulsa.edu. The program accepts students every semester.