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      Master of Science in Computer Science (MCS)

      EC-Council University’s (ECCU) Master of Science in Computer Science (MCS) degree program is a relevant and expanding program in the competitive field of computing and technology. The field of computer science involves continuous technological evolution, which opens up great professional development and advancement opportunities. The program is curated to provide you with hands-on experience and knowledge application into a wide variety of computing topics to help you move forward on the path of career development.

      The Master of Science in Computer Science (MCS) Degree Program prepares graduates to be strong leaders and industry experts in computer science related fields. This program provides students with hands-on experience, allowing them to gain and apply knowledge in a wide variety of computing topics and to prepare for a range of technology leadership roles. The program’s comprehensive curriculum and multidisciplinary approach ensure that students master computing theory and technology. Graduates are prepared to leverage the knowledge gained from this program to lead the innovative integration of computer technologies into their organizations.

      Program Summary

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      Level of Study

      Graduate
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      Duration

      18-24 months
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      Number of Courses

      12
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      Term Begins On

      January 2, 2023
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      Two Industry Certifications included

      Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
      Certified Network Defender (CND)

      Who Is This Program For

      An innovative and exceptional online degree for the following seeking leadership and technology roles

      • Career transitioners and growth seekers
      • Computer and network security enthusiasts
      • Information technology and cybersecurity practitioners
      • Computer science and cyber systems researchers

      Why Choose ECCU

      EC-Council University provides students a 360-degree view of real-world and industry-related concepts by offering:

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      Career-focused, Industry-ready courses

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      High-impact skills to keep you industry ready

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      Deep-rooted knowledge in the computer science domain

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      Trends and best practices in computer science, cybersecurity, and leadership

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      Collaboration with industry experts

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      Globally accepted instructional methods


      ECCU Learning Environment

      ECCU’s Master of Science in Computer Science coursework is entirely online and asynchronous, offering students the flexibility to attend classes from anywhere across the globe and at the most convenient time.

      The program curriculum is a myriad blend of theoretical components and practical lessons to ensure that our graduates are industry-ready. The terms are well-structured, submissions pre-defined, and weekly attendance and participation mandatory.

      The courses are wholesome and include discussion threads, quizzes, assignments, videos, ilabs (ECCU’s online virtual platform to practice), assessments, and Cyber Talks to support our students’ learning and better prepare them for real-time challenges and opportunities.

      Each course is instructor-led by credentialed professors with industry experience, with a maximum enrollment of thirty (30) students. The professors interact, engage, assist, support, and offer guided learning experiences to the students.

      Comprehensive Curriculum

      Designed by industry experts

      100% Online Delivery

      Flexible, education around the world, anywhere, anytime, healthy study-life balance

      Live Instructor-Led Sessions

      Learn from experts, live interactions

      Hands-On Learning

      iLabs, simulations


      Curriculum: Master of Science in Computer Science (MCS)

      Due to the changing technological landscape and the increased risks associated with this change, organizations now need to make cybersecurity a priority in order to protect their data, networks, and digital structure so they can remain functional and productive.

      ECCU 500 Managing Secure Network Systems
      This course focuses on evaluating network and Internet cybersecurity issues, designing and implementing successful security policies and firewall strategies, and exposing the system and network vulnerabilities and defending against them. Topics include network protocols, network attacks, intrusion detection systems, packet filtering, and proxy servers, Bastion host and honey pots, hardening routers, hardening security, e-mail security, virtual private networks, and creating fault tolerance. Upon successful completion of this course, students may take the Certified Network Defender (CND) certification exam through EC-Council.
      ECCU 501 Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures
      This course focuses on how perimeter defenses work and how intruders escalate privileges and methods of securing systems. Additional topics include intrusion detection, policy creation, social engineering, DoS attacks, buffer overflows, and virus creation. Upon successful completion of this course, students may take the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification exam through EC-Council.
      ECCU 505 Introduction to Research and Writing
      This foundational course introduces students to basic English writing skills and research methods, including APA style writing, citing sources, determining when a website is credible, effective communication, outlines, and collaboration. Students will write/present portions of the above in the course in various formats.
      ECCU 507 Linux Networking and Security
      This course explores various tools and techniques commonly used by Linux system administrators. It is designed for students who have limited or no previous exposure to Linus. Emphasis is placed on writing a simple bash script, using a text editor, manage processes within the Linux file system. Additional topics include data security, user security, and file security. Students will be required to take on the role of problem solvers and apply the concepts presented to situations that might occur in a work environment.
      ECCU 510 Secure Programming
      Certified Application Security Engineer (CASE) is a hands-on, Instructor-led, comprehensive application security course, which encompasses security activities involved in all of the phases of the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC). The course also focuses on selecting and implementing the right security strategies, guidelines, and practices that are widely accepted and applicable to most environments used today.
      CS 510 Operating Systems
      This class is designed to provide students a working knowledge of operating system concepts to support programming, systems architecture, administration, and cyber security. Key topics include operating system structures, processes, threads and concurrency, scheduling, synchronization, deadlocks, memory management, file systems, I/O, security, protection, virtual machines, networks, and distributed systems. Linux and Windows 10 will also be discussed.
      CS 511 Design of Algorithms
      This course explores advanced principles related to the design and analysis of various algorithms. Students will design and implement algorithms and measure their performance against the desired outcome. This course emphasizes the application of algorithmic theories to the modeling of computer-based systems, Which is essential to Computer Science.
      CS 512 Data Systems
      This course provides a practical grounding in data science from a computer science perspective. The course teaches through hands-on case studies requiring programming. Competencies include using data structures and algorithms to perform data mining, classification, regression, clustering, and machine learning.
      CS 513 Blockchain
      This class highlights competence in the field of secure and trusted transaction systems using blockchain. Students will understand the need and approach of blockchain technology to cryptocurrency, smart contracts, and other applications. They will develop blockchain applications using opensource technologies to advance their knowledge and skills.
      CS 514 Robotics
      This class is designed to provide students a broad introduction to the field of Robotics while continuing their study in Artificial Intelligence, the robot operating system (ROS), navigation, planning, python for robotics, and fundamentals of Linux
      CS 515 Artificial Intelligence
      This class is designed to provide students a broad introduction to the field of Artificial Intelligence. Students will develop skills in various types of search, problem representation, knowledge representation, and intelligent agents. Programming projects taught during the program develop skills needed to apply these topics in the real world. Problems suitable and unsuitable for AI will be distinguished.
      ECCU 519 Capstone
      The Capstone is the summative experience designed to allow students to demonstrate all program objectives and draw on the knowledge and skills earned throughout the entire program.

      Master of Computer Science

      Core Requirements

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      12

      Courses
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      36

      Credits

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      2

      Years

      Accreditation and Recognition


      Virtual Labs

      100% Virtualization for a Complete Learning Experience!

      Whether you are a beginner or an expert, iLabs is built for you and is entirely customizable to your needs. No experience necessary.

      Practical hands-on learning provides access to real-world tools and scenarios, boosts knowledge retention, and is proven to be more effective at preparing you for the job.


      Program Highlights

      Digitally transform through Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence

      Technology is taking the world by storm, and Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Blockchain are proving to be the agents of ascension. Technological advancements transcend conventional computer-based machines and enable cameras, sensors, and robotic devices. This digital revolution can be attributed to the ever-expanding scope of technology. As the futuristic milestones of technological progression, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Blockchain are fast being established as part of our day-to-day lives, accounting for a lucrative job market.

      These increasingly sophisticated technologies are expected to amplify the consumer demand. The data revealed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reflects these technologies taking on a stronger role in network and systems security.

      In response to computer security concerns, organizations are increasing their investment, development, quality assurance, and testing in software and the security of their electronic networks and infrastructure. This directly implies a spike in the demand of professionals in these areas. In the wake of this industry dynamic, ECCU has designed a dynamic Master of Science in Computer Science degree program enhanced with: Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Robotics.

      Unique Features of ECCU MCS Program

      Computer science as a discipline involves a broad study of computers, computational concepts, and technicalities that provides a solid foundation for the more specialized field of cybersecurity. This is supported by the fact that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), computer science studies is one of the most preferred channels of pursuing cybersecurity career dreams. ECCU offers an opportunity for the both paths with its master of science in computer science degree.

      Transcend Technology with Two World-class Cybersecurity Certifications Included in the Program

      ECCU’s Master’s of science in computer science has the unique ability to allow students to join our program and walk away with a master’s degree and two EC-Council industry-recognized certifications.


      Certified Network Defender (CND)

      • A skill-based and vendor-neutral course.
      • Adheres to the National Initiative of Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework.
      • Involves hands-on training.
      • Maps to global job roles, including those of the Department of Defense (DoD).
      • Adds significant value to professional credentials.
      • Teaches you the critical components of network security, incident response, forensic investigation, business continuity, disaster recovery threat assessment and prediction, and attack surface analysis.

      Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

      • A significant future investment.
      • Specializes in the domain of Ethical Hacking.
      • Involves hands-on training.
      • Topics covered prepares you directly for key job roles and the skills employers seek.
      • Recognized by numerous esteemed government organizations in the U.S. and worldwide.
      • Provides the latest and relevant industry information, including major market trends, vulnerabilities, tools, operating systems, and much more.

      ECCU’s approach to artificial intelligence provides students with practical knowledge, real-world application, and a broad introduction to the various types of search, problem representation, and knowledge representation. Students will be able to distinguish suitable and unsuitable problems for artificial intelligence and learn ways to apply search, logical inference, and constraint satisfaction to solve problems.

      AI-enabled Technology

      The MCS degree program aims at teaching the essentials of Robotics. Woven into this program are concepts related to robot operating systems (ROS), navigation, planning, python for robotics, and the fundamentals of Linux. Students learn how to design robots, control their behavior, and understand their use as they study the core disciplines of computer science.

      Realms of Robotics

      The MCS degree program equips students with the fundamental knowledge of Blockchain technology. Rooted in concepts of cryptocurrency, smart contracts, and other applications, students will learn all of the essentials of blockchain technology and how to utilize these new capabilities in various applications.

      • Data of a transaction is entered.
      • The transaction travels to a network of peer computer systems.
      • The network solves equations and validates the transaction.
      • The transaction is deemed complete.
      • A history of permanent transactions is created in the blocks chained together.
      • After clearing the legitimacy test, the transactions are clustered in these blocks.

      Working of Blockchain

      Cybersecurity

      Computer science as a discipline involves a broad study of computers, computational concepts, and technicalities that provides a solid foundation for the more specialized field of cybersecurity. This is supported by the fact that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), computer science studies is one of the most preferred channels of pursuing cybersecurity career dreams. ECCU offers an opportunity for the both paths with its master of science in computer science degree.

      Transcend Technology with Two World-class Cybersecurity Certifications Included in the Program

      ECCU’s Master’s of science in computer science has the unique ability to allow students to join our program and walk away with a master’s degree and two EC-Council industry-recognized certifications.


      Certified Network Defender (CND)

      • A skill-based and vendor-neutral course.
      • Adheres to the National Initiative of Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework.
      • Involves hands-on training.
      • Maps to global job roles, including those of the Department of Defense (DoD).
      • Adds significant value to professional credentials.
      • Teaches you the critical components of network security, incident response, forensic investigation, business continuity, disaster recovery threat assessment and prediction, and attack surface analysis.

      Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

      • A significant future investment.
      • Specializes in the domain of Ethical Hacking.
      • Involves hands-on training.
      • Topics covered prepares you directly for key job roles and the skills employers seek.
      • Recognized by numerous esteemed government organizations in the U.S. and worldwide.
      • Provides the latest and relevant industry information, including major market trends, vulnerabilities, tools, operating systems, and much more.
      Artificial Intelligence

      ECCU’s approach to artificial intelligence provides students with practical knowledge, real-world application, and a broad introduction to the various types of search, problem representation, and knowledge representation. Students will be able to distinguish suitable and unsuitable problems for artificial intelligence and learn ways to apply search, logical inference, and constraint satisfaction to solve problems.

      AI-enabled Technology

      Robotics

      The MCS degree program aims at teaching the essentials of Robotics. Woven into this program are concepts related to robot operating systems (ROS), navigation, planning, python for robotics, and the fundamentals of Linux. Students learn how to design robots, control their behavior, and understand their use as they study the core disciplines of computer science.

      Realms of Robotics

      Blockchain

      The MCS degree program equips students with the fundamental knowledge of Blockchain technology. Rooted in concepts of cryptocurrency, smart contracts, and other applications, students will learn all of the essentials of blockchain technology and how to utilize these new capabilities in various applications.

      • Data of a transaction is entered.
      • The transaction travels to a network of peer computer systems.
      • The network solves equations and validates the transaction.
      • The transaction is deemed complete.
      • A history of permanent transactions is created in the blocks chained together.
      • After clearing the legitimacy test, the transactions are clustered in these blocks.

      Working of Blockchain


      Potential Career Opportunities with ECCU MCS

      Wherever you are in your career, ECCU has the best MCS program to help you reach the next step in your professional journey. Our cutting-edge curriculum will empower you to be the next leader in your field and help you to develop the skills necessary to advance. Our Master of Science in Computer Science degree offers students the opportunity to cultivate abilities required to rise to any technology leadership position across a broad range of industries.


      Careers of Tomorrow in Computer Science and Cybersecurity

      ECCU’s Master of Science in Computer Science degree is designed with a specialized focus on curriculum that meets the technological needs that employers highly demand. Computer science graduates are among some of the highest-paid professionals across the globe.

      Industry title Employment Employment 2019–29 change
      2019 2029 Number Percent
      Total employment 162,795.6 168,834.7 6,039.2 3.7
      Investigation and security services 956.1 1,017.9 61.8 6.5
      Investigation, guard, and armored car services 806.4 847.9 41.5 5.2
      Security systems services 149.7 170.0 20.3 13.6

      According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a highly sought-after degree, such as a degree in computer science, can substantially improve the income potential of graduates. The median annual wage for this group was $97,430 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.” In other words, median salaries for Computer and I.T. roles are more than twice that of all other occupations.


      Trends in computer & information technology occupations


      How to Enroll in ECCU MCS

      Applicants for admission must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a TOEFL score of 550 or better (or proof of English competency) and the following:

      • Student Enrollment Application
      • Official government ID or passport (international students)
      • A photo of yourself holding your official government ID
      • Official transcript(s) from the institution where the student received bachelor’s degree or most recent master’s degree
      • An official evaluation of international credits (for students with international transcripts only)
      • Proof of English proficiency (international students only; see the section on English Requirement for International Students)
      • Application fee

      For more information about admission requirements, please visit our Admission page.

      EC-Council University will award the Master of Science in Computer Science with Cybersecurity specialization upon successful completion of all degree requirements. In addition to the specific degree requirements, each candidate for graduation must meet the following requirements:

      • Completion of thirty-six (36) credits of 500 level courses in which the candidate earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
      • Satisfactory completion of the summative capstone course
      • Completion of all degree requirements within one and a half times the program length or a cumulative course completion rate of 67% of coursework from the date the student enrolls in the university and begins the M.S. in Information Security program

      Tuition and Fees

      $540

      /Per Credit Hour

      Application Fee: $35 (One-Time Fee)
      Technology Fee: $50 per term
      Graduation Fee: $200 (One-Time Fee)
      Transcript fee: $10+Shipping**
      Transcript w/Apostille: $20+Shipping**

      FAQs

      The Master of Science in Computer Science from ECCU spans 36 credit hours over two years.

      The Master of Science in Computer Science program has its own stipulated requirements for acceptance. The incumbent must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or its international equivalent and likely already employed in technology fields. A work experience of two to three years in the domain of technology is preferred.

      This master’s degree in computer science combines industry-specific technical expertise in the wide domain of computer sciences, along with a high standard of professional and ethical behavior in all professional activities. The students will learn to analyze, design, program, test, and implement computer systems using effective practices in computer science, communicating current industry trends, and staying abreast of them.

      We, at ECCU, evaluate students throughout the program through discussion threads, required attendance, completion of assignments, lab assessments and reports, final examination, and the Capstone course. ECCU’s Capstone course serves as a comprehensive assessment of knowledge and skills in technology and management. Activities include researching selected technical problems and planning, designing, implementing security solutions for a user organization, and testing every ounce of what the student has learned.

      This online master’s in computer science degree will teach you the application of technology, tools, and strategies that are directly tied to the field of computer science, thereby enhancing your knowledge and skills in the professional arena. It will also teach you about global competitive environments so that you know how to incorporate best practices in computing to improve operations.

      The M.S. in Computer Science program at EC-Council University comes packaged with two valuable and industry-recognized certifications, Certified Network Defender (CND), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). The master’s degree, of course, has a broader coverage of topics and provides a deeper insight into the specialized areas of expertise that these certifications offer.

      Applicants for admission must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a TOEFL score of 550 or better (or proof of English competency) and the following:

      Student Enrollment Application
      Official government ID or passport (international students)
      A photo of yourself holding your official government ID
      Official transcript(s) from the institution where the student received bachelor’s degree or most recent master’s degree
      An official evaluation of international credits (for students with international transcripts only)
      Proof of English proficiency (international students only; see the section on English Requirement for International Students)
      Application fee

      EC-Council University (ECCU) provides direct tuition assistance through the provision of following scholarships:

      Associate’s Cybersecurity Scholarship – This is a need-based scholarship, designed to provide continuing education tuition assistance to undergraduate students who have graduated from a U.S. college with an earned associate’s degree. The award will be a one-time scholarship of up to $2,000 to continue your education in ECCU’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program.
      The President’s Choice Scholarship for Women – EC-Council University is dedicated to bringing women’s minds together by providing tuition assistance for women pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies in cybersecurity. A one-time scholarship of up to $2,000 may be awarded to women recognized by EC-Council University.
      The Cybersecurity Dean’s Scholarship – This is a need-based scholarship. The award will be continuous through the program of study in a scholarship amount of 10% of tuition for selected applicants.
      New Mexico Scholarship – This is once again is a need-based scholarship, designed for students that are current residents of the state of New Mexico. The award will be continuous through the program of study in a scholarship amount of 10%.
      Heroes Scholarship – This, too, is a need-based scholarship for students who are either on active duty in the U.S. military or are military veterans or first responders. It also applies to military personnel and first responders of other countries. The award will be continuous through the program of study in a scholarship amount of 10% of tuition for selected applicants.

      The fee structure of this program includes expenses under these heads: Application fees: $35 (one time), Technology Fee: $50 per term, Graduation Fee: $200 (One time) Transcript Fee: $10 + Shipping, iLabs Fee: $200, Specialization: Security Analyst Fee: $1200. The fee structure also includes specialization fees and the course fee per credit hour is $540.

      Aspiring students who have met the following conditions are eligible to apply for the master’s degree in computer science:

      Have earned their bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent from an appropriately accredited institution that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities, accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
      Have a Proof of English proficiency (international Students only; see the section on English Requirement for International Students here https://www.eccu.edu/student-services/admission/)

      Upon the successful completion of the Master of Science in Computer Sciences, you will be able to master the skills necessary to move into leadership roles in companies, agencies, divisions, and departments. It will lead you to multitude of career opportunities including:

      Information Security Auditor
      Information Security Manager/Specialist
      Risk/Vulnerability Analyst/Manager
      Information Security Analyst
      Security Architect
      Computer Network Defender
      Cybersecurity Defense Analyst
      Information Security (I.S.) Director

      Tuition and Fees

      $540

      /Per Credit Hour

      Application Fee: $35 (One-Time Fee)
      Technology Fee: $50 per term
      Graduation Fee: $200 (One-Time Fee)
      Transcript fee: $10+Shipping**
      Transcript w/Apostille: $20+Shipping**

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      About ECCU

      EC-Council University is a premier institution of higher learning that specializes in cybersecurity technologies, enabling its graduates to obtain advanced cyber skillsets. Our unique program allows our graduates to lead their peers to strategically and effectively manage cybersecurity risks in their organizations.

      EC-Council University is dedicated to creating superior educational programs that equip graduates to face the latest IT security risks and lead their colleagues in strategically handling those challenges. EC-Council University builds on the recognition and strengths of its parent corporation, The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (also known as EC-Council), a globally recognized IT certification body specializing in Information Assurance and e-business.

      Founded in 2003 by the Former School President, Mr. Sanjay Bavisi, EC-Council University (ECCU) is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Albuquerque is a charming community nestled in the Sandia Mountains. Full of diverse culture and rich traditions, it is in the heart of the Southwestern United States, with a population of nearly 1 million people.

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      Fulfill your dream of becoming a Cybersecurity Leader.

      Become a student at EC-Council University today!