Temple University

College of Engineering

Professional Science Master's in Computer and Systems Security


1801 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Professional Science Master's in Computer and Systems Security

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Professional Science Master’s degree in Computer and Systems Security (PSM–C&S Security) is offered within the College of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The program focuses on the technology layer within the cyber-physical security paradigm, and on the tools and methodologies needed to ensure trustworthiness and asset protection of hardware and network systems.  The program is designed for industry needs and work-place readiness with the ability to customize the learning track for desired outcome.

This program emphasizes an experience-oriented approach to learning by offering students a solid foundation in technical knowledge and professional skills, exposure to a hardware-lab with network equipment, preparation for industry recognized certificates and an applied learning or workplace component for students to gain hands-on experience. Graduates will have the tools to take their careers in cyber-physical security to a higher level with this degree.


This evening program requires 30 semester hours and can be completed in 18-months. Courses are taught by industry experts.

Required Core Courses (18 semester hours)

  • ECE5516  Introduction to Computer Networks & Its Security (3)
  • ECE5526  Engineering Principles of Computer Instrusion & Detection, Intelligence & Counterintelligence (3)
  • ECE5528  Cryptography (3)
  • ECE5538  Hardware & Industrial Control System Security (3)
  • ECE5548  Secure Computer Memory Architecture & Intrusion Prevention Methodologies (3)
  • CISxxxx  Ethics, Law, Governance & Regulatory Compliance of Hardware Systems (3)

ELECTIVE COURSEWORK (12 semester hours)

The program may be tailored to the student’s career path in the areas of:

  • hardware component and device design-for-security
  • embedded security safeguards
  • engineered resilient systems
  • reverse engineering for counterintelligence
  • quality and risk management of hardware security projects

Additionally, this program will prepare professionals for industry certification including — (ISC)²®/CISSP and Cisco Networking Academy®. All students in the program will complete a capstone project to round out the program with practical work experience. 


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

International Student Requirements:

For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL or IELTS exam is required with the following minimum scores: 79 on the internet-based TOEFL OR a 6.5 on the academic version of the IELTS.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 30

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $968 in-state; $1283 out-of-state

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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