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Master of Science

MS in Computer Engineering: Network Security Online

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTING

Overview

Become an indispensable industry leader with a Master of Science in Computer Engineering with a concentration in Network Security. FIU's fully online program allows you to earn your specialized master's degree in just 10 months. The highly relevant and continually evolving curriculum includes courses in ethical hacking, forensics, network security, and malware analysis. With your master's degree in network security, you'll have the advanced skills you need to protect and defend networks from attacks and take on a leadership role.

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You'll also be prepared to acquire the most in-demand professional certifications, including Network+, Security+, and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

Our engineering faculty members are leaders in network security, with years of experience as computer engineers working in the public, private, and government sectors. With our renowned faculty providing feedback and guidance every step of the way, your FIU Online experience is one we share with you. Call one of our enrollment coordinators at 1-855-348-6654 to find out why you belong here.

Why Apply?

Concerns about network security are keeping computer engineers in high demand. As cyber-attacks have become more sophisticated, network security specialists with advanced training will be among the most sought-after professionals in the field.

Graduates of this fully online program will be able to pursue supervisory positions in information infrastructure assurance and security, which include such titles as security administrator, information security manager, network security engineer, data security analyst or systems application security analyst. Career opportunities are far-reaching and include technology and Internet companies, security software companies, defense contractors, government department and intelligence agencies, the e-commerce sector, and banks and credit card companies.

Courses

Program Curriculum

The MS program consists of six eight-week terms. Students enroll in 4 courses (12 credits) each semester, which is the equivalence of two courses each term. A total of 30 credit hours, including two components: the Computer Engineering Core (24 semester hours) and Math Electives (6 semester hours). Up to 6 semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred into the master’s program.

Core Courses

Fall Semester                                                    

Term - Dynamic A

Ubiquitous and Embedded Sensor Network-Centric TCN 5271 - Techniques impacting ubiquitous, embedded sensor network-centric telecommunications, context-awareness, autonomy, data quality, uncertainty, privacy, trustworthiness and wearable computing.

Advanced Malware Reverse Engineering EEL 6805 - Expose the student to various techniques and procedures employed in the practice of software analysis to detect and remove affected code. The areas explored will consist of trends in malicious code growth, common attack vectors, surface analysis of malware, run-time analysis of malware, system monitoring, debuggers, static reverse engineering of malware, and disassemblers to identify obfuscation techniques and Anti-reversing methods.                                                                                          

Term - Dynamic B

Random Signal Principles EEL 5543 - Noise, random processes, correlation, spectral analysis in the analysis and design of communication systems. Optimization techniques; minimum mean square error.

Engineering Design of Microprocessor Based Operating System EEL 6758 - Hardware microprocessor-based systems, BIOS (basic input and output), Kernel partitions, memory, stack organization, and physical design of operating systems.

Spring Semester

Term - Dynamic A

Computer Communication Networks EEL 5718 - System engineering synthesis, analysis and evaluation of computer-communication networks. Network design, routing and flow control, telecommunication traffic engineering, transmission, switching, etc.

Advanced Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures EEL 5807 - The latest hacking tools and techniques to understand the anatomy of computer attacks and countermeasures to protect valuable data. Understanding different attack vectors using hand-on techniques and tools that a hacker utilizes to attack computing devices in order to steal valuable and private information.

Term - Dynamic B

Network Security EEL 6787 - Network security requirements, Number Theory, steganography, encryption design principles and algorithms, message authentication and digital signature principles and designs, and network system security design. 

Advanced Systems Theory EEL 5171 - State-space representations for continuous and discrete-time systems, controllability and observability, pole-zero allocation, Lyapunov stability theorem, state observers.                                                                                                

Summer Semester

Term - Dynamic A

Advanced Digital Forensics EEL 6803 - This course provides students with the advanced skills to track and counter a wide range of sophisticated threats including espionage, hacktivism, financial crime syndication, and APT groups. To understand advanced digital forensics engineering techniques, how to provide response to incidents occurring in enterprises and perform timeline analysis, memory forensics and intrusion forensics.

Wireless Communications with Multimedia Applications TCN 5155 - Overview of wireless communications systems; interference, blocking, spectral efficiency; performance of digital modulation in presence of fading; diversity techniques; and multimedia applications.

Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for admission into the Master of Science in Computer Engineering online program must meet the minimum University Graduate School admission criteria:

  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a bachelor’s degree in a related STEM field from an accredited institution.
  • International applicants must have studied at a US comparable institution or must have obtained the equivalency to a US degree.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours in upper-level undergraduate work.
International Students
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency. If you earned a bachelor degree in a country whose official language is not English, you must demonstrate English language proficiency by earning a passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL required minimum score: 550 (paper-based exam) or 80 (internet-based). IELTS required minimum score: 6.5. When requesting official scores, please refer to FIU Institution code 5206. TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years. View list of TOEFL/IELTS-exempt countries.
  • Official Transcripts Translation. If official transcripts are not in English, a second copy of the transcript must be requested for translation by an official translation agency. Both the official translation, as well as the original transcripts, must be submitted to FIU.
  • Certified Copy of Diploma if you obtained your degree at a foreign institution.

Admissions Documents

The following must be submitted:

  • Complete the online graduate admission application. Be sure to select Master of Science in Computer Engineering: Network Security.
  • A resume including education, training, and employment history, practical and research experience (such as projects and publications), skills and other pertinent information.
  • A statement of objective in which the applicant must clearly state his/her intended engineering track, in addition to other information.
  • Three letters of recommendation must be sent. Letters are to be from those who have knowledge of the applicant's prior professional experience (e.g. a supervisor) or of the applicant's ability to perform graduate work (e.g., a professor) and should attest to the applicant's intellectual ability, motivation, maturity, and potential.

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Official transcripts/translations must be submitted directly by the respective institution(s) in electronic format or mailed in a sealed institution envelope to: 

FIU Online
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, MANGO 540
Miami, FL 33199

Graduation Requirements

Students must have a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or greater. No grade below “C” will be accepted in a graduate program. In order to graduate in a given term, a student must submit an application for graduation to the Office of the Registrar by the appointed deadline. A graduate student must be enrolled the term in which he/she graduates. A student denied graduation must complete the requirements for graduation and reapply for graduation.

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make — one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support to reach your goals.

The cost of tuition for the academic year is $25,000. Students pay for courses at the beginning of each semester. All fees are subject to change.

FIU Online Academic Merit Scholarship: $2,500

FIU Online awards scholarships acknowledging academic achievement to students in select online graduate programs who exhibit strong academic credentials upon admission.  Applicant must meet all of the following criteria to be considered:

  • Meet all requirements for admission into the applicable online graduate program.
  • Submit application for admission into the online program as well as all application supporting documents. 
  • 3.25 GPA in upper-division undergraduate coursework.
  • Submit a scholarship application.  Deadlines vary by term.

 Note: meeting any or all of the above requirements does not guarantee receipt of a scholarship. Scholarship will be applied in equal disbursements over each semester.

To apply for this academic scholarship, please contact an enrollment advisor by calling (305) 348-3125 or emailing onlineprograms@fiu.edu.  Scholarship amounts are subject to change.

Academic Works

FIU offers Academic Works, a website that matches students with relevant scholarship opportunities.  Find the one that’s right for you!  Academic Works is an online scholarship application tool where FIU students can browse and apply for more than 100 scholarships, made possible by the generosity of FIU alumni and friends.  Students can apply after they are matriculated into one of our programs.  For more information visit https://give.fiu.edu/business-governance/scholarships/.

Other Resources

There are other third party resources that prospective students can access while researching on how to pay for school.  Below are various links that provide more information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities:

Federal Financial Aid

For information on Federal Financial Aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please visit our financial aid page.

 

Top Faculty

Stavros Georgakopoulos

Dr. Stavros Georgakopoulos
Assistant Professor Dr. Georgakopoulos joined FIU in 2007. His current research interests relate to wireless powering of portable, wearable, and implantable electromagnetic devices, applied and computational electromagnetics, RFID systems, antenna arrays, as well as novel reconfigurable, tunable, broadband, and miniaturized antennas. Prior to joining FIU, Dr. Georgakopoulos held a principal engineer position at the Research and Development Department of SV Microwave, which is part of Amphenol Corporation, one of the world's largest manufacturers of telecommunications products. 

Dr. Ismael Guvenc

Dr. Ismail Guvenc
Prior to joining FIU in 2012, Dr. Guvenc was with Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs and DOCOMO Innovations Inc. His research interests include heterogeneous wireless networks and future radio access beyond 4G wireless systems. He has co-authored/co-edited three books for Cambridge University Press. He is also an editor for IEEE Communications Letters and IEEE Wireless Communications Letters. Dr. Guvenc is an inventor/co-inventor in 22 US patents, and has another five pending US patent applications. 

Dr. Alexander Perez-Pons

Dr. Alexander Perez-Pons
Dr. Perez-Pons joined FIU in 2013. He has published numerous journal articles on real-time system, security, biometrics, and semantic link associations. As a consultant, he has worked in the private, public, and government sectors and advised in areas such as Business Intelligence, Mobile Technologies and Network Security. Dr. Perez-Pons holds a Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Miami and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 

Dr. A. Selcuk Uluagac

Dr. A. Selcuk Uluagac
Dr. Uluagac comes to FIU from Georgia Tech where he currently serves as the Senior Research Engineer in both the Communications Assurance and Performance Group as well as the Communications Systems Center in the school of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He plans to further his work by building, designing, and analyzing novel computing systems and collaborating on interdisciplinary projects with colleagues and faculty. As a graduate teaching assistant at Georgia Tech, he received the 2007 Outstanding ECE Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. He has also independently developed and taught courses in areas of network security, telecommunications, and wireless networks.

Dr. Kemal Akkaya

Dr. Kemal Akkaya
Dr. Akkaya brings 15 years of teaching experience to FIU, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. While at Southern Illinois University he taught a variety of security related courses. Since his hire in 2005 at SIU, Dr. Akkaya has developed a significant research program in the area of wireless networks and security which includes founding the Advanced Wireless and Sensor Networking (ADWISE) Research Lab. Recently funded by the National Science Foundation for 300K over the next three years, Dr. Akkaya will be bringing with him a project titled “Privacy-preserving Data Collection and Access for IEEE 802.11a-based Smart Grid Applications.”

@ A Glance


30Credits Required

$25,000
Tuition Cost
  • 10-month fully online program
  • Computer engineers with advanced training in high demand
  • Top 10 percent of information security analysts earn more than $135,600
  • #41 Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs (U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Program Ranking)
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