Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering
The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering is a community of scholars recognized for developing engineers with technical excellence, global perspective and social awareness.
The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering is distinguished by student-centered education that emphasizes modern engineering skills and development of the whole person. We are dedicated to effective teaching, meaningful scholarship, and compassionate service.
The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering offers Master of Science programs in cyber security engineering and applied data science. Both programs are part-time programs designed to meet the needs of working professionals seeking to gain the skills needed to advance their careers, or transition into new career paths. Both programs can be started in fall, spring, or summer terms and are designed to be completed in 20-24 months depending on the prior preparation of the student.
Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering (MS-CSE)
The MS-CSE program provides knowledge and skill in architecting, developing, and fielding secure network solutions against advanced persistent threat. It explores the role assurance plays in security, particularly in the development and deployment of software products, and how one must account for this in security planning.
Students in the MS-CSE program learn the design, evaluation and certification and accreditation of trusted systems. Students will subsequently understand how to take the design of trusted systems and develop/engineer these into secure systems, with a focus on hands-on experiences in laboratory settings.
The curriculum covers digital and network forensics, and the technical considerations for incident response and continuity planning. It places students in simulated contested cyber environments where they will perform system assessments, potentially on solutions they have engineered, and understand the various types of penetrations an adversary might attempt on an information system. The goal being a real-world experience in which the application of cyber security engineering can be applied in dynamic settings where innovation and problem solving are required.
Core program goals for the University of San Diego’s Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering include:
- Developing an engineering knowledge and skill base focused on mitigation of advanced persistent threats toward the goal of increased cybersecurity. The engineering of secure, trusted systems is essential to guarding against the types of headline-grabbing electronic security breaches and that have caused extensive disruption and financial damage to industry and government, immeasurable loss of intellectual property and tremendous harm to personal privacy.
- Preparing individuals capable of developing cutting-edge innovation, creating the next generation of cyber tools and solutions and becoming thought leaders in the cybersecurity engineering domain. Graduates will be equipped to become change agents, providing overall subject matter expertise as well as specific engineering and technology solutions to an organization’s unique set of risks and potential vulnerabilities.
- Connecting students with a network of local, regional and national cybersecurity stakeholders, as part of the University of San Diego’s commitment to educational and professional development. MS-CSE program leaders are focused not only on keeping the innovative curriculum immediately relevant, but also on assisting with the placement of graduates.
- Advancing the science and practice of cybersecurity engineering and education for the benefit of public and private-sector organizations, communities and the nation. Ongoing cyber threats and successful attacks have placed the United States at a critical juncture; our cybersecurity engineering graduates are groomed to be effective in this fight by contributing toward real-world, applied solutions.
The MS-CSE program is available as an on-campus program meeting two nights each week at USD, or as on online program.
Master of Science in Applied Data Science (MS-ADS)
The online MS-ADS program has been designed to specifically address the cross-functional needs of industries for data scientists who come with a strong foundation of technical knowledge and expertise in algorithms, tools, and techniques for analyzing any type of data and are able to apply such tools to domain-specific problems.
The mission of the proposed program is to offer a state-of-the-art, applied, and robust online program that will enable students to master the technical skills and soft skills necessary for solving challenging analytics problems seen every day in a wide range of data-rich domains. The project-based curriculum will instruct students on technical topics that are seen as critical to equip and prepare graduates from the program to be able to apply powerful analytical tools to work with real-life datasets. This program has been designed based on extensive feedback and recommendations from industry professionals who lead data science groups in global organizations.
With the completion of the program, MS-ADS graduates will:
- Successfully apply data science methods and tools for the analysis of structured and unstructured datasets from diverse sources.
- Learn and develop non-technical skill sets, such as problem-solving and other skills, in addressing issues using data science tools and techniques.
- Apply data science, including AI, machine learning, and predictive modeling techniques for the development of data-driven business reports and to assist in the development of strategies. Build high performing and compelling data science teams.
- Recommend strategies for partitioning and protecting data based on regulatory and other requirements.
- Serve as active leaders and managers of data science functions and organizations in corporations.
Students interested in pursuing these degrees should contact USD’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education for more information about the enrollment process.
Center for Cyber Security Engineering and Technology
The University of San Diego’s Center for Cyber Security Engineering and Technology (CCSET) is designed to develop and coordinate opportunities for world-class education, research and service to address threats to information systems. CCSET assists business, government, law enforcement, and private citizens to better prepare and respond to highly motivated, highly trained adversaries who are responsible for billions in lost revenue each year; catastrophic disruptions in service; terrorism and activism; a dark web of criminal activity; and constant peril to critical infrastructure.
CCSET is committed to mitigating cyber security risks developing and coordinating opportunities for education, research, outreach, and service to secure the future prosperity and freedom of in the digital realm. This effort combines the best technology, world-class curriculum and programs, and the mindset to approach the challenge holistically. Stakeholders from engineering, technology, law, policy, business and major industry sectors will all play a role in improving cyber security. USD is committed to uniting these communities to find real solutions, and changing the mentality in cyber security from reactive to proactive.