Cybersecurity is a multi-disciplinary field addressing issues that ensure secure and reliable operations at all levels of interconnected computing and networking systems. The Master of Science in Cybersecurity is designed to train graduate scholars, professionals, entrepreneurs, leaders, and researchers to have the advanced knowledge and skills required to fully understand and implement the technologies, tools, management methods and policy issues in cybersecurity.
The HBKU Master of Science program in cybersecurity aims to provide students with comprehensive and state-of-the-art advanced training in cybersecurity. The program not only covers multidisciplinary fields related to cybersecurity technology but also policy, ethics, and management related to IT security and cyber threats.
The program leverages strong partnerships and collaborations both within HBKU and beyond the university. Delivery of the program will involve collaborations with the HBKU Research Institutes, notably Qatar Computing Research Institute, as well as with industrial and governmental partners, both local and international, that are currently working on critical projects aimed at providing solutions to address global challenges and lead to a safer cyber world, and that are supporting Qatar’s aspirations in this area.
The program offers its students the option of either completing a research thesis or working on an industrial project. The thesis requires in-depth theoretical and research components while the industrial project offers a route for students to further develop real-world, practical problem-solving experience.
The program includes a core course in leadership and innovation, highlighting an emphasis within the program of producing graduates equipped with the skills and knowledge to take on leading roles within academic, governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The program offers flexibility by enabling the students to focus on different areas of interest through their choice of electives and projects related to cybersecurity, such as computer system security, network security, digital forensics, biometrics, secure hardware systems, and cybersecurity policy and management.
The development of extensive, advanced knowledge in the field of cybersecurity, covering major areas such as applied cryptography, computer and network security, secure software/hardware systems, and cybersecurity policy, management, and ethics.
Hands-on experience with real-world projects related to secure software/hardware design and implementation, secure mobile systems, information security risk analysis, computer and network forensics, etc.
A multi-faceted curriculum covering multidisciplinary aspects that are not only related to cybersecurity technology but also cover policy, management, ethics, and IT security.
A research thesis or industrial project involving original work related to cybersecurity, guided by world-class faculty members from HBKU, the HBKU Research Institutes, and other stakeholders.
A 37-credit program, taught in English, typically over 2 years that includes:
- 4 core courses to provide students coming from diverse backgrounds with a coherent learning environment to tackle issues in cybersecurity.
The core courses are:
- Cybersecurity Policy, Management, and IT Ethics; Applied Cryptography; Computer and Network Security; Security Risk Analysis for Corporations and Organizations.
- 4 elective courses covering engineering and computer science topics in addition to a variety of cybersecurity electives, providing the students with a solid base and a depth of knowledge to fully understand different aspects of cybersecurity. Additionally, there will be the opportunity to take an elective focusing on entrepreneurship.
- 2 semesters of graduate research seminars aimed at expanding students’ horizons by offering a broad range of topics, through talks by invited experts and presentations from those working in the industry, research institutes, academia, and government institutions and organizations.
- 1 course on leadership and innovation aimed at providing the students with the skill-sets required to become leaders in this rapidly evolving field.
- A 9-credit research thesis or 6-credit industrial project.
Admission & Application Requirements
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution in any of the following areas: computer science, computer engineering, electronic engineering, electrical engineering, information systems or other related computer science and engineering programs. Applicants from related disciplines such as other areas of engineering, mathematics, and statistics are also eligible to apply.
Applicants from different disciplines, but with professional experience in cybersecurity, are also welcome to apply. Applicants must have an excellent undergraduate academic record and demonstrate strong evidence that they possess the qualities to become successful engineers, scientists, researchers, and innovators.
Applicants are required to take the IELTS or TOEFL exam in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Applicants can be exempt from this requirement if they meet one of the conditions listed below:
- The applicant completed their undergraduate studies at an institution in a country where English is the native language.
- The applicant provides an official letter from the university where they completed their undergraduate studies confirming that they obtained their degree from an institution where the medium of instruction is English (if not otherwise exempt).
- The applicants’ first language is English.
While the GRE is not required for admission to the program, a strong GRE score will help strengthen the applicant’s admission material.
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