IX. Graduate Programs

Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence

MCTI Program

The Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence is a terminal masters degree focused on training individuals to become technically skilled and ethically-minded cybersecurity professionals. Students develop mastery in security analysis and design, security architecture, threat intelligence, digital forensics, and penetration testing. Hands-on training in the cybersecurity teaching lab, the Security Operations Centre, enables students to work with real and simulated security attacks independently and collaboratively. The program culminates in an independent project wherein students partner with an industry or academic partner to produce an evidence-based solution to a complex cybersecurity problem.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program may be granted on the School of Computer Science’s recommendation to:

  1. Applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree/baccalaureate in an honours program or the equivalent (having achieved a grade average of at least 75%, B, in the last four semesters of study) in computer science, computer engineering, or a related subject area (or hold a minor in one of these areas) from a recognized university; and

  2. Applicants who have relevant experience or background knowledge of Data Communication and Networking (such as a course equivalent to CIS*3210 Computer Networks) and Computer Programming (such as a course equivalent to CIS*2500 Intermediate Programming).

Successful applicants must also meet the University of Guelph’s English Proficiency requirements for admission. If an applicant’s first language is not English, an English Language Proficiency test will be required during the application phase.

All applications will be reviewed by the cybersecurity admissions committee. Students are admitted for a September start date. The School of Computer Science office should be consulted for admission deadlines.

Program Requirements

Students in the Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program are required to complete a minimum of 4.00 graduate credits, including the following required courses:

CIS*6510 [0.50] Cybersecurity and Defense in Depth
CIS*6520 [0.50] Advanced Digital Forensics and Incident Response
CIS*6530 [0.50] Cyber Threat Intelligence and Adversarial Risk Analysis
CIS*6540 [0.50] Advanced Penetration Testing and Exploit Development
CIS*6550 [0.50] Privacy, Compliance, and Human Aspects of Cybersecurity
CIS*6560 [1.00] Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence Project

Students can select from the following list of electives to fulfill the remaining 0.50 graduate credit:

CIS*6570 [0.50] Advanced Cryptography and Cryptanalysis
CIS*6580 [0.50] Security Monitoring and Cyber Threat Hunting

Students may also take up to one graduate level course in the related areas of Artificial Intelligence or Data Science to fulfill their elective requirement.

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