Cybersecurity Programs - Bachelor's, Master's & PhD

For more than two decades, The University of Tulsa has been at the forefront of cybersecurity research and education. TU has been a 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 the federal government 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.

Cybersecurity skills are in high demand, yet supply is lacking. The industry estimates that more than one million cybersecurity 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.

  • Degree Options

    Cybersecurity Online, M.S.

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

    Cybersecurity, Non-Thesis Option, M.S.

    A residential program providing a comprehensive understanding of the foundational concepts of cybersecurity.

    Cybersecurity, Thesis Option, M.S.

    A residential program providing a comprehensive understanding of the foundational concepts of cybersecurity while engaging in research.

    Cybersecurity Minor

    Undergraduate students from any discipline may minor in cyber security.

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  • 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 cybersecurity 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 Cybersecurity

    Students will be able to:

    1. To possess a comprehensive understanding of the foundational concepts of Cybersecurity.
    2. Mastery of techniques in Cybersecurity
    3. Ability to apply theoretical findings
    4. To demonstrate professional skills and behavior
  • 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 cybersecurity 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, or business degrees.

    TU’s Cyber Corps is a designated Center of Excellence in Cyber Operations. The mission of the center is to train students in the art and science of cyberwarfare, preparing them for professional careers with the intelligence community and DoD.

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

  • Graduate Program 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
    • $60 application fee
    • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results