Earn a Computer and Systems Security Professional Science Master’s degree from Temple University’s College of Engineering to safeguard cyber-physical systems and integrated hardware and software infrastructure that operate networked computers, control, and security systems for automated systems, intelligent machines and the Internet of Things.


This master’s program comprises six required courses (18 credits) and four electives (12 credits) that are customizable to your interests, for a total of 30 credits. An internship or senior capstone project provides practical applied experience to the program. Core courses include

  • Engineering Principles of Computer Intrusion and Detection,
  • Introduction to Cryptography and Information Security,

The degree is designed to be experience-based and develop skills that are immediately applicable to a career. It may be completed in as few as 18 months through either full- or part-time study. All classes are held in the evening and taught by working cybersecurity industry experts. You may also customize your program through electives to tailor your skills to your interests.

Credit Requirements

The Computer and Systems Security PSM requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.

Classes & Curriculum

Coursework for the interdisciplinary PSM covers a wide range of topics, from hardware and software to project management and ethics. You’ll take 18 required and 12 electives to graduate.

  • Certificate Preparation, Cisco Networking Academy and CISSP: Prepare for the Cisco Certified Networking Security and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exams, valued throughout the industry.
  • Embedded Security Safeguards: Learn how to execute hardware implementation of cryptographic primitives, secure digital systems and more.
  • Hardware Component and Device Design-for-Security: Study construct security protocols, industrial control system safeguards, secure hardware design and more.
  • Intrusion and Detection: Learn how to analyze system vulnerability, intrude (offense) and detect (defense), and implement security measures.
  • Quality and Risk Management of Hardware Security: Learn how to ensure quality and manage or respond to risk within the context of project management. Study the ISO9001, 27001 and 27002 quality and security management systems standards.
  • Reverse Engineering for Counterintelligence: Master invasive and noninvasive methods of extracting information from advanced hardware and software systems.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Professional Science Masters offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,135.00 per credit

Out-of-state: $1490.00 per credit

School Partnerships & Associations

Because the curriculum was designed by industry experts, the PSM program has benefited from a number of industry advisors, including professionals from the Department of Homeland Security, Intel, and the National Security Agency. Some institutions and organizations who are actively involved in advising the program include

  • Cisco,
  • Deloitte,
  • Delphinus Engineering Inc.,
  • Exelon Corp.,
  • L3 Communication Systems,
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP,
  • Sungard,
  • Thomson Reuters,
  • Unisys,
  • U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center and more.

Admissions Information

You’ll need to complete an application online. There is a $60 application fee.

This program can only be started in the fall semester. To apply you should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science or information technology and a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Students with degrees in other related disciplines may be considered but may need to take preparatory courses before applying. The department identifies the need for prerequisite coursework on an individual basis.

Application Requirements

  • References: You’ll need three letters of recommendation. If sending by email, these should come directly from your reference writer’s personal email address.
  • Goals statement: In one to two pages, describe your relevant technical experiences and career goals.
  • GRE score: The test must have been taken within five years of the application date. Minimum scores for the College of Engineering: Verbal: 150, Quantitative: 151, Analytical Writing: 4.5. Your official scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Agency. The institutional code for Temple is 2906.
  • Current professional résumé
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts should be sent directly from the institution.
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 15, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
2 years
1,490 USD
Pennsylvania resident: $1,135.00 per credit Out-of-state: $1490.00 per credit
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