Cybersecurity Requirements

You can earn your master’s degree in cybersecurity at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville by successfully completing 34 graduate credits. All courses listed are three credits unless otherwise stated.

Required Core Courses (21 credits)

CYB 7000 Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
CYB 7030 Network Security
CYB 7050 Sociological Aspects of Cybersecurity
CYB 7070 Cybersecurity Program Planning and Implementation
CYB 7100 Introduction to Cryptography
CYB 7150 Managing Security Risk
CYB 7200 Technical Communication in Cybersecurity

Specialized Tracks (9 credits)

A specialized track is earned by completing nine credits in your chosen area. These courses are not currently offered online.

Digital Forensics

CYB 7250 Computer Forensics and Investigations
CYB 7300 Computer Criminology
CYB 7350 Network Forensics

Cyber Response (Defense, Incident & Attack Response)

CYB 7400 Incident Response and Remediation
CYB 7450 Secure Operating Systems
CYB 7500 Offensive Security and Threat Management

Governance & Leadership (Communication, Management, Policy, Compliance)

CYB 7550 Security Administration
CYB 7600 Cybersecurity Leadership and Team Dynamics
CYB 7650 Cybersecurity Management

Security Architecture (Systems, Software, Data)

CYB 7700 Security Architecture
CYB 7750 Applied Cryptography
CYB 7800 Software Security
CYB 7850 Cyber Physical System Security

Advanced Requirements (4 credits)

CYB 7890 Cybersecurity Pre-Capstone (1 credit course)
CYB 7900 Cybersecurity Capstone


To earn your master’s degree, you must meet the following requirements:

  • All students must complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits.
  • At least 21 credits must be earned in graduate courses that are not cross-listed with undergraduate courses, and of those 21 credits, at least 15 credits must be earned at the 7000-level). These credits must be included in the student’s program planning form.
  • Courses in the 5000-6990 levels are open to graduate students for graduate credit, provided they have not previously taken the courses at the undergraduate level.
  • Students must have both an overall and a program GPA of at least 3.0. Graduate credits in which a grade lower than a C- has been earned will not be counted toward a degree; however, these lower grades will be reflected in the student’s grade point average. All credits attempted within a given program will be counted toward the GPA, even if credits for a particular course will not be counted toward program completion requirements.
    • Note: Programs may have stricter requirements than required of the School of Graduate Studies; students should review their official program plan for information.
  • Graduate students are allowed seven years from the date of admission into a master’s program to complete degree requirements.
  • No more than 12 credits can be transferred into a master’s degree program.
  • To be accepted for transfer, credits must be approved by more than one faculty member in the relevant program along with the dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Faculty must be 1) the program's coordinator; or 2) some mix of the student's advisor and a faculty member with expertise in the field.
  • Only courses taken at a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in which the student received a grade of B or higher will be accepted. Transfer credits will not be officially recorded until the student has successfully completed graduate work at UW-Platteville.
  • Enroll in one UW-Platteville course within the first year of being admitted into the program. Failure to do so will result in the discontinuation from the program.
  • Maintain degree progress by completing at least one UW-Platteville course every two years in order to remain under these catalog requirements. Failure to do so will result in discontinuation from the program.