Cybersecurity (MSIT)

The Master of Science in Information Technology - Cybersecurity specialization is designed to address the need for Cybersecurity related to software security, database security, information technology management, server administration and numerous other employment fields.

Program Description

With an ever-growing demand for IT professionals, students of the MSIT program with a specialization in Cybersecurity will be able to plan, implement, upgrade, manage and monitor security for information assurance and protection of computer networks. The blending of the Internet of Things with network communications has established a terrific need for information systems security. University of West Florida’s M.S. in Information Technology-Cybersecurity program is designed for students and individuals to become cybersecurity experts in protecting the nation’s most critical information technology systems and infrastructure.

The program focuses on various aspects of cybersecurity as applied to information technology such as Software Assurance and Security, Database Security, Information Security Management, Secure Software development and special topics in cybersecurity research. With 100 percent of the program being offered online, the courses have been carefully blended to meet the real-world requirements and to facilitate hands-on experience for achieving successful careers in the domain of information technology.


Department Contact

Dr. Ezhil Kalaimannan
Assistant Professor
Building 4, Room 241

 Phone: (850) 474-7005

Catalog Description

University of West Florida has been designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in CyberDefense Education (CAE-CD) during 2016-2021.

National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies

MSIT Core (15 sh)

MAN 6156 Management and Organizational Behavior 3
COP 5007 Software Engineering Foundations: Java Programming 3
COP 5725 Database Systems 3
CIS 6379 Applied Information Security 3
CEN 6016 Software Engineering Process 3
Total Hours 15

Cybersecurity Specialization (18 sh)

CEN 6074 Software Assurance and Security 3
CIS 6376 Database Security 3
CEN 5079 Secure Software Development 3
Advisor Approved Elective 3
COT 6931 Computer Science Project 6
Total Hours 18

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements*

  • Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee
  • Submission of official transcripts
    *International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements

  • Submission of graduate admission tests: GRE (145 quantitative and 150 verbal) or MAT (370), or TOEFL
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA/major GPA
  • Submission of letter of intent describing work experience and reasons for pursuing the degree program, including how the degree relates to career goals
  • Submission of three recommendation letters

Applicants may check the receipt/status of their materials in MyUWF.

Preferred Application Dates

  • Preferred Date - Fall and Summer - February 15
  • Preferred Date - Spring Semester - October 1

To ensure consideration for all available graduate funding, applicants should submit applications received by the listed Preferred Application Date. Applications received after these dates will be reviewed for admission, but may not be eligible for funding. Applicants should contact the appropriate graduate coordinator or department chair for more information.