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Cyber Security Minor

Technological Leadership Institute
College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota, 290 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455 (612-624-5474; fax: 612-624-7510)
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 8
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The Cyber Security minor integrates the fields of technology, security, and management, to provide students with the skills and insights to assume a leadership role in cyber security, or continue their field of study with a focus on cyber security and its role in organizations. The curriculum applies fundamental concepts of business management, organizational leadership, and risk management techniques and strategies, each as applied in the context of cyber security, to empower engineering, technology, and business professionals to adapt and lead in the emerging field of cyber security. Each class will include exercises that inform students on those cyber security topics, and give them an opportunity to practice the fundamental skills of communications, teamwork, and project management.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Cyber Security director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements. Students not currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Security Technologies (MSST) program must be approved for the minor by the Director of Graduate Studies, and may be asked to complete a background check prior to receiving registration permission for ST-designated courses.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Courses must be taken on the A-F grade basis, unless only offered S/N. The minimum cumulative GPA for the minor is 3.00.
Required Courses (6 credits)
Take the following courses in sequence:
ST 8661 - Securing Cyberspace (Fundamentals) (3.0 cr)
ST 8662 - Securing Cyberspace - Advanced (3.0 cr)
Elective Courses (2-6 credits)
Master's students select at least 2 credits, and doctoral students select at least 6 credits in consultation with the Cyber Security director of graduate studies to complete the minimum credit requirement. Other courses may be applied to the minor with approval of the Cyber Security director of graduate studies.
ST 8113 - Information and Cyber Security (2.0 cr)
ST 8513 - Cyber Threat Intelligence (2.0 cr)
CSCI 5271 - Introduction to Computer Security (3.0 cr)
CSCI 5471 - Modern Cryptography (3.0 cr)
CSCI 8271 - Security and Privacy in Computing (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
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ST 8661 - Securing Cyberspace (Fundamentals)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
The course is a two-course sequence which provides a comprehensive technical and logical foundation for defending an organization against cyber security threats. ST 8661 will be offered every fall and ST 8662 every spring.
ST 8662 - Securing Cyberspace - Advanced
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
The course is a two-course sequence which provides a comprehensive technical & logical foundation for defending an organization against cyber security threats. The class is open to other grad students & upper undergrads after an interview with the director of graduate studies.
ST 8113 - Information and Cyber Security
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Existing and emerging IT, cyber, communication networks, and coordination activities during emergencies. Technological and policy issues for the need to share information through the use of interoperable technologies and to rapidly collect and synthesize data in real time in order to achieve critical national security. In addition to MSST grad students this course is also open to non-ST graduate students and non-degree graduate students who may register with permission/consent from the ST program (DGS, DGSA or teaching faculty).
ST 8513 - Cyber Threat Intelligence
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
The educational objective of this course is to provide students the foundational theory and applied skill in cyber threat intelligence analysis. This includes all phases of the intelligence life cycle: requirements development, collection, analysis methods, and reports and briefings for organizational leaders to influence risk-based cyber security decisions. The class counts as an elective for the MSST major and is also open to other graduate students after consultation with the director of graduate studies and a background check.
CSCI 5271 - Introduction to Computer Security
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Concepts of computer, network, and information security. Risk analysis, authentication, access control, security evaluation, audit trails, cryptography, network/database/application security, viruses, firewalls. prereq: 4061 or 5103 or equiv or instr consent
CSCI 5471 - Modern Cryptography
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to cryptography. Theoretical foundations, practical applications. Threats, attacks, and countermeasures, including cryptosystems and cryptographic protocols. Secure systems/networks. History of cryptography, encryption (conventional, public key), digital signatures, hash functions, message authentication codes, identification, authentication, applications. prereq: [2011, 4041, [familiarity with number theory or finite fields]] or instr consent
CSCI 8271 - Security and Privacy in Computing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Recent security/privacy issues in computer systems/networks. Threats, attacks, countermeasures. Security research, authentication, network security, wireless security, computer system security, anonymous system, pseudonym, access control, intrusion detection system, cryptographic protocols. How to pursue research in security and design secure systems. prereq: [5211, 5103] or instr consent; 5471 or EE 5248 or Math 5248 or equiv recommended