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Cyber Security Programs

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For more than two decades, The University of Tulsa has been at the forefront of cyber security research and education. TU has been an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education since 2000 – one of the first 14 institutions awarded this distinction. TU also is recognized by NSA as a CAE in IA Research and Cyber Operations. TU alumni are employed in leading roles in the private and public sectors as well as academia.

TU offers multiple programs for students who want to advance in integral areas cyber security and computer science such as applications development and maintenance, system administration, network administration, policy development, training, management, academic or industry; cyber security has a role to play.

Undergraduate Programs

A dynamic combination of creativity and technical knowledge, the field of computer science is a highly valued commodity in today’s job market. The Tandy School of Computer Science offers undergraduate degrees in computer science that can lead students to advanced programs in cyber security.

Graduate Programs

Cyber security skills are in high demand, yet supply is lacking. The industry estimates that more than one million cyber security jobs worldwide remain unfilled, with more than 200,000 of those in the United States. TU alumni are well equipped to meet the demand and serve in intellectually stimulating and personally rewarding roles that strengthen national and global security. Graduates have experience in the theory, concepts and techniques of information assurance and network defense in real-world settings. TU’s computer science graduate programs serve students with backgrounds in computer science as well as other disciplines.

Cyber Alumni

John and Crystal Lister, GPSG, Reston, Virginia

As University of Tulsa alumni, John and Crystal Lister are exploring the exciting career possibilities that a degree from the TU Tandy School of Computer Science provides. The husband and wife are members of the senior leadership team at Global Professional Services Group (GPSG) in Reston, Virginia. Although GPSG is primarily a recruiting company, John and Crystal implement their cyber capabilities to grow the enterprise and flex their cyber muscles in the digital security sector. They trace the expertise and skillset required to accomplish such a task can be traced back to Tulsa and their cyber security education at TU. Read their story.

Phil McAllister, Instagram, New York

With more than one billion monthly users, Instagram is the world’s top photo-sharing mobile app, capturing life’s moments in photos and videos for an online audience. Instagram has become a household name with the help of TU alumnus Philip McAllister (BS ’04). Read his story.

Program Objectives

Master of Science in Cyber Security

Students will be able to:

  1. To possess a comprehensive understanding of the foundational concepts of Cyber Security.
  2. Mastery of techniques in Cyber Security
  3. Ability to apply theoretical findings
  4. To demonstrate professional skills and behavior
Degree Options

Computer Science, B.S.

Gain a foundation in mathematics and the sciences with core computer science courses.

Information Technology, B.S.

Learn core computer science foundations, develop and manage applications with an understanding of the commercial markets.

Computer Simulation and Gaming, B.S.

Develop technologies such as advanced scientific simulators, virtual reality environments and computer games.

Cyber Security Minor

Students from any discipline may minor in cyber security.

Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Track, M.S

Prepares students for careers in a wide range of industries. Students take advanced courses in theory and applications.

Computer Science, Non-Thesis Option, M.S.

Prepares students for careers in a wide range of industries. Students take advanced courses in theory and applications.

Computer Science, Thesis Option, M.S.

Allows students to obtain a breadth of knowledge in computer science by taking advanced courses in theory, application and current research.

Computer Science, M.S. (Accelerated Master’s)

Highly motivated students can earn a master’s in computer science in less time by beginning to log hours during their TU undergraduate degree.

Computer Science, J.D./M.S.

Highly motivated students can earn a Juris Doctor and a master’s degree in less than four years.

Computer Science, Ph.D.

Obtain a depth of knowledge in an area of interest by focusing on courses in that area, conducting independent research and producing scholarly work.

Cyber Security, Accelerated Master’s

Allows TU undergraduate student to being logging graduate hours while completing a bachelor’s degree, reducing the time for completion of the master’s degree.

Cyber Security Professional Track, M.S.

An online program designed for working professionals providing a comprehensive understanding of the foundational concepts of cyber security.

Centers, Institutes and Consortia

Institute for Information Security (iSEC)

Dating back to the 1950s, TU faculty, students and staff have worked to forge strong industry partnerships for research and development. The TU Institute for Information Security (iSec) is a multidisciplinary program of study and research tackling cyber security issues on a global scale. TU is one of the leading schools in the country for information security research and education with more than a decade of experience in the field.

Cyber Corps

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 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.

Faculty
Our faculty specializes in distributed systems, cloud computing, software engineering, gaming and simulation, bioinformatics, computer security and information assurance, cyber physical systems, intelligent agents, machine learning, robotics and other areas of today’s computing and information technology landscape.

Application Requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • A completed Graduate School application
  • Statement of Purpose (admission essay)
  • 2 – 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your academic potential.
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • GRE General Test results
  • $55 application fee
  • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results
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