Graduate Engineering Curriculum

Engineering graduate students in the ICSSP program need to be pursuing an on-campus Master’s or Ph.D. program in the area of cyber security. ICSSP Graduate scholars must complete their graduate program degree requirements and the following ICSSP coursework requirements listed below. Course requirements are subject to change. NOTE: Scholars who are in a 5-year BS-MS program must follow the graduate-level ICSSP scholar requirements.

NOTE:  All grades in all ICSSP coursework must be a “B” or higher.

Ethics Requirement

Scholars must complete the online Ethics Training during their first semester in the program, and prior to beginning any research projects.

Required Security Courses

Concentration Courses Related to Computer Security

All Engineering ICSSP graduate students must complete at least one sequence of two courses chosen from one of the Concentration Areas listed below. Students who start their graduate work having already taken CS 461/ECE 422 (Computer Security I) and CS 463/ECE 424 (Computer Security II) should choose TWO sequences (of two courses each) chosen from the below options. Other courses may be substituted with ICSSP adviser permission.

  • Applied Cryptography:
    • CS 498 AM1 & AM3, and ECE 498 AC3 & AC4 (Applied Cryptography)
    • CS/ECE 598 AM: Cryptocurrency Security
    • CS 598 CLF: Secure Processor Design and Foundations in Applied Cryptography
    • CS 598 DK: Special Topics in Cryptography
  • Human Aspects of Security:
    • CS 465: User Interface Design
    • IS 462: Information Assurance
    • CS 498 CD: Cyber Dystopia
  • Machine Learning and AI:
    • CS 446: Machine Learning
    • CS 598 BL: Adversarial Machine Learning
    • CS 498 SM: Principles of Safe Autonomy
  • Privacy:
    • IS 590 PVO: Privacy in the Internet Age
    • CS/ECE 598 NB: Privacy Enhancing Technologies
  • Cyberinfrastructures:
    • CS 598 AB: Computer Security in the Physical World
    • ECE 498 KL: eCrime and Internet Service Abuse
  • Secure Software:
    • CS 598 TXU: Reliability of Cloud-Scale Systems
    • CS 598 TXU: Reliable Software Systems
  • Approved Track: Students may work with Professor Campbell or Professor Bashir to create an approved concentration area.

Thesis in the Area of Security (only for M.S. students in CS and ECE)

Thesis must be in the area of information assurance or cyber security, and can be completed with any of the courses listed below.

Additional Coursework in the Area of Security (only for M.C.S. students in CS, and M.Eng. students in ECE)

For professional Master’s students, the thesis requirement is replaced with additional coursework to explore technical areas related to security. E.g., courses may include CS 511 (Advanced Concepts in Database Management), CS 523 (Advanced Concepts in OS Design and Recent Research Directions), CS 527 (Topics in Software Engineering), and/or CS 538 (Advanced Computer Networks).

Summer Internship

Complete a summer internship in a government organization, such as a National Laboratory, the National Security Agency, the Department of Defense, the National Standards Institute, or a computing facility (only for participants who are awarded a two- or three-year scholarship). CS/ECE 597 or ENG 572 can be used by grad students, 3 hours.

Summary

CS M.S. Degree, ICSSP Requirements CS M.C.S. Degree, ICSSP Requirements CE M.S. Degree, ICSSP Requirements M.Eng. Degree (ECE), ICSSP Requirements
Total degree credits: 32 hours; Coursework: 28 hours; Students must complete 9–12 hours core CS classes & 12 hours advanced 500-level CS courses Total degree credits: 32 hours; Coursework: 32 hours; Students must complete 12–16 hours core CS classes, 12 hours advanced 500-level CS courses, & 4–8 hours electives Total degree credits: 32 hours; Coursework: 28 hours; Students must complete 20 hours of core ECE courses Total degree credits: 32 hours; Coursework: 32 hours; Students complete 8 hours ECE 500-level courses & 4 hours non-ECE 500-level courses; 4 hours professional development; & 16 hours electives.
16 hours of technical elective courses:

  1. Core Security courses as described above, including CS 463/ECE 424 or equivalent, CS 563/ECE 524, and CS/ECE 598 ETC.
  2. Concentration area as described above, including 1 approved sequence of 2 courses.

Gov’t internship, ENG 597

16 hours of technical elective courses:

  1. Core Security courses as described above, including CS 463/ECE 424 or equivalent, CS 563/ECE 524, and CS/ECE 598 ETC.
  2. Concentration area as described above, including 1 approved sequence of 2 courses.

Gov’t internship, ENG 572

16 hours of technical elective courses:

  1. Core Security courses as described above, including CS 463/ECE 424 or equivalent, CS 563/ECE 524, and CS/ECE 598 ETC.
  2. Concentration area as described above, including 1 sequence of 2 courses from above list.

Gov’t internship, ENG 597

16 hours of technical elective courses:

  1. Core Security courses as described above, including CS 463/ECE 424 or equivalent, CS 563/ECE 524, and CS/ECE 598 ETC.
  2. Concentration area as described above, including 1 sequence of 2 courses from above list.

Gov’t internship, ENG 572

4-7 hours of free electives; will include CS 461/ECE 422 if not previously taken 4-8 hours of free electives; will include CS 461/ECE 422 if not previously taken 12 hrs, 400-500-level electives; will include CS 461/ECE 422 if not previously taken CS 461/ECE 422 if not previously taken
Thesis credit (CS 599) with CS ICSSP Advisor approval Thesis credit (ECE599) with ECE ICSSP Advisor approval Master’s project (ECE 596) with ECE ICSSP Advisor approval

If you have any questions regarding curriculum requirements, please email iti-icssp-info@illinois.edu.