Master's in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


The 30-credit online Master of Professional Studies in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis can be completed in as few as two years and opens with five core courses in cyber law, public policy, and ethics. Then, you'll delve deeper into cyber policy with four specialized courses.

You will finish your curriculum with a three-credit capstone course, where you'll present a paper or policy statement on a current cybersecurity issue. Potential topics include cyber conflict, ethics, and surveillance, as well as national security vs. personal privacy, and more.

The curriculum course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions as written in the Utica College Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance.

Required Courses

Credit Hours

Cyber Core Total Hours:

CYB 606 Cyberspace and CybersecurityCredit Hours: 3

Gain an introduction to the disciplines of cyberspace and cybersecurity, including key concepts, terms, and definitions. Examine threats, vulnerabilities, and countermeasures associated with cybersecurity, and explore the topics of cybersecurity policy, risk, and compliance.

GOV 561 International Relations and CyberspaceCredit Hours: 3

You'll examine various aspects of cyber conflicts in the context of international relations.

CYB 668 Organizational Risk Management FrameworksCredit Hours: 3

Examine rules, regulations, and issues related to organizational risk management. You'll explore risk assessment and management from healthcare, financial, privacy, data breach, and government perspectives.

PHI 655 Cyber EthicsCredit Hours: 3

Examine how classical theorists interpreted the concept of morality, and how their interpretations apply to cyber conflict, cyber ethics, and the general use of technology.

CYB 665 Legal Foundations of Information Security and PrivacyCredit Hours: 3

Learn the principles of privacy relating to non-public personal, proprietary business, or government information. You'll examine policy issues; legal, regulatory and business controls; and best practices.

SOC 563 Complex OrganizationsCredit Hours: 3

Study complex organizations in modern society and explore how those organizations are influenced by cyber conflict. You'll examine the basic character of bureaucracy, its functional significance for society, its pathological aspects, its internal structure, and the effects of informal relations within formal systems.

Cybersecurity Policy Focus Total Hours:

CYB 680 Cyberspace Law, Public Policy, and PoliticsCredit Hours: 3

Examine the Constitution, law, public policy, surveillance, privacy, crime, law enforcement, and punishment related to actions in cyberspace.

CYB 681 The Law and Ethics of Cyber EspionageCredit Hours: 3

You'll examine United States laws governing cyber espionage. Explore strategies and motivations, geopolitics, and cases of corporate/industrial espionage. This course will look closely at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, FISA Court, the PATRIOT Act, and other laws, entities, organizations, and missions related to cyber espionage.

CYB 682 Cyber War and DeterrenceCredit Hours: 3

Examine the development of cyberwarfare and deterrence. Analyze the definitions and roles of warfare, strategies, and objectives of cyberwarfare. You'll review key domestic and foreign policy documents, and learn the methods used to protect critical national infrastructures.

CYB 688 International Aspects of Cyber PolicyCredit Hours: 3

Examine the principle of national responsibility related to cyber policy. Become acquainted with international law, diplomacy, international cooperation, non-cooperation, international organizations, internet governance, the European Convention on Cybercrime, and the Tallinn Manual.

Professional Development Total Hours:

CYB 697 Professional Development in Cyber Policy and Risk AnalysisCredit Hours: 3

Students continue culminating academic experience by examining topics including cyber policy, cyber conflict, cyber ethics, cyber surveillance, national security vs. personal privacy, complex organizations, crisis management and cyber legislative issues.

Prerequisites: CYB 606, GOV 561, CYB 668, PHI 655, CYB 665, and CYB 665 or SOC 562

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