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From preventing theft and fraud to protecting highly sensitive information, a cyber engineer is the hero behind the curtain — or, rather, behind the screen. Fighting to mitigate cyber-attacks and ensure the safe keeping of companies’ private information, cyber security engineers overcome crime and prevent impending threats. Those who have the most to defend sometimes neglect to do so. Fortunately, with a cyber engineering degree under your belt, you will have the skills to save them from the threats they cannot see: cyber attacks.

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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

Executive Master's in Cyber Engineering

Combining multiple technical disciplines, the online Master of Science in Cyber Engineering (MSCE) at University of the Cumberlands gives you the skills and insights that will help you get ahead in the job market. In this program, you will analyze and solve complex computing problems, protect critical infrastructures, and maintain secure operations amid the age of ever-increasing cyber risks. With UC’s flexible learning path, you can balance work and study, allowing you to focus on becoming the best in your field while interacting with expert instructors who will help you find success. 

Curriculum for this accredited online cyber security program dives into principles of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science. You’ll complete a total of 31 credit hours comprised of 8-week or 16-week courses, such as Cyber Engineering and the Network, Cyber Engineering Access Control, Robotics System Engineering and Artificial Intelligence.  

Upon graduation, you’ll be able to: 

  • Understand the role policy plays in engineering secure systems 
  • Examine the role assurance plays in security and in the development, design and deployment of software and hardware products 
  • Evaluate trusted systems and turn designs into secure systems 
  • Provide solutions to secure networks and protect infrastructures from cyber threats 
  • Assess security systems using the principles of network forensics 

Already working in IT, cyber security, or another field? Our online cyber security program is designed to be flexible, so you can prepare for new career goals while meeting your current responsibilities. At the same time, you’ll enjoy the support of expert instructors and take full advantage of our immersive online learning technology. 

Course Requirements

  • MSCE 530 Principles of Cyber Engineering  
  • MSCE 531 Cyber Engineering and the Network  
  • MSCE 532 Digital Forensics and Cyber Engineering 
  • MSCE 533 Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering  
  • MSCE 534 Principles of Cybersecurity  
  • MSCE 535 Cyber Engineering Access Control  
  • MSCE 630 Network System Engineering  
  • MSCE 631 Robotics System Engineering  
  • MSCE 632 Artificial Intelligence  
  • MSCE 690 Cyber Engineering Project 
  • MSCE 699 Cyber Engineering Project Communications or INTR 599 Applied Learning Practicum

**Executive format students can take the course or INTR 599 as part of their program degree requirements.  The Computer and Information Sciences Department, the School of Business, and the Leadership graduate (Masters and Doctorate) executive format programs have an applied learning component (internship/practicum) that is an integral (essential) part of the established curriculum.  Due to the applied learning component required for the degree program, executive format students must enroll in INTR every term of enrollment. 

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Executive Student Resources

UC's Department of International Graduate Services enjoys providing support resources for our international students. Find tutorials and information regarding offices and policies for the International Graduate Students and programs.

Executive Program Format

Our Executive Programs include hybrid course days designed for international graduate students studying in the U.S., or domestic students seeking a hybrid-format program.  We strive to incorporate professional experience and real-world application of course curriculum into our programs to enhance the learning experience.  Practical Training is an integral part of program coursework and available to all students.  At the University of the Cumberlands our degree programs focus on quality education at an affordable price.

Executive Program students take three (3) courses per semester.  The program semester is based on the existing UC semester calendar, with three (3) annual semesters: fall, spring, and summer.  Two of the courses each semester focus on the specific program content.  Additionally, students will be required to attend an intensive residency weekend as part of their course enrollment each term.  The third class includes an Applied Learning Practicum, in which students apply what they are learning in their other two courses to the real world via work or internship experiences.

Residency FAQs

Residency Session dates are determined by the course that you are registered for. It is very important that you make note of the class you registered for, as well as the designated residency weekend for that course as each course will only meet one weekend for the duration of the semester.

Even though we will only be meeting one weekend per semester, we will have the same number of contact hours with you. This will enable the instructors to make residency weekends much more valuable. This change will allow us to have meaningful projects on residency weekends.

You can view your semester schedule in your self-service portal in your Student Profile. Once you log into your MyUC account, click on Academics, then click on Current Schedule. Your schedule details will indicate the date and location of your residency weekend.

You can find information on the residency site locations on our website.

Yes, all three days are mandatory, and requests to arrive late or leave early will not be approved. Should you not be in attendance for the full session, you will be counted absent for the entire session. Please plan travel accordingly!

Attendance to each executive residency class session is mandatory. Students may make up no more than one (1) residency session throughout the duration of their academic program. Missing a second residency will result in the student being dismissed from the university.

A missed session will result in the student attending a make-up session, and paying a $300 residency make-up fee. In addition, the student may be asked for documentation from the program department providing an explanation as to why the scheduled residency session was missed. Make-up sessions must be completed prior to the end of the term. Noncompliance with this policy will result in dismissal from the executive program.

Make-up residency sessions will be held at our campus in Williamsburg, KY. You will be contacted with the time and dates after your absence is reported. There will only be one (1) residency make-up session offered each semester. Failure to attend all days of the makeup session will result in receiving a failing grade for the course, as well as potential dismissal from the University, and SEVIS termination. 

If you cannot be in attendance for all three days then you will be counted absent for the entire residency weekend and be required to attend the make-up residency and pay the $300 make-up fee.

The Department of International Graduate Services will contact you via your UC student email as registration for the next term approaches. Please remember that you are required to register for (one) main class, (one) online class, and Applied Learning Practicum each semester in order to maintain your F1 status – late registration will not be accepted and can result in the termination of your student status. 

Once you register for a class you will want to make note of the residency weekend that your class is scheduled, as that is the only session for that class that will be scheduled for the semester. You will need to be sure to plan your travel accordingly to ensure that you are in attendance for the full residency session.

Registration is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once a course is full, there will not be additional seats added, as we cannot exceed classroom seating capacity; therefore, it is advised that you register for classes as much in advance as possible. As a reminder, students cannot register for future semesters until their current tuition balance is paid in full.

*Please note all times are in local time zone*


Facility will open at 4:00 p.m.


Facility will open at 7:00 a.m.


Facility will open at 7:00 a.m.

We ask that you please take note of the above-mentioned times and schedule your travel accordingly.

*These dates have been set; however, if any changes are made, they will be made prior to registration for that semester. Not all dates are available at each residency location.

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Mission & Goals

It is the mission of the Master of Science in Cyber Engineering program at Cumberlands to equip you with the skills needed to pursue upper-level positions in relevant IT security fields.

Understand the role that policy plays in engineering secure systems.
Examine the role that assurance plays in security, in the development, design and deployment of software and hardware products.
Evaluate trusted systems and implement designs into secure systems.
Gain the cyber engineering tools needed to provide solutions to secure networks and the knowledge to protect infrastructures from cyber threats.
Assess security systems using the principles of network forensics.
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Cyber Engineering Careers & Outcomes

All stats from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Cyber Security Engineer:  $102,600

Cyber Security Engineer:  $102,600

Cyber security engineers design, improve, and test new measures for ensuring, improving, and securing information on the web, including databases, information, and protecting from cyber threats. 

Information Security Manager:  $159,010

Information Security Manager:  $159,010

Description: Information security managers lead teams of information security personnel, organize projects, and direct teams for cyber security projects.  

Information Security Analyst: $102,600

Information Security Analyst: $102,600

Information security analysts analyze current security measures and plan, organize, and implement new security protocols.  

Computer Network Architect: $120,520

Computer Network Architect: $120,520

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Intranets.

Information Security Officer: $102,600

Information Security Officer: $102,600

Description: Information security officers ensure security protocols are followed in order to promote information security.  

 Computer and Information Research Scientist: $131,490

 Computer and Information Research Scientist: $131,490

Computer and information research scientists design innovative uses for new and existing computing technology.

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Common Questions

A master’s in cyber engineering is a degree that prepares you to design, implement, and uphold secure operations in order to protect against cyber threats.  

Online cyber security graduate programs feature courses in complex subjects like cryptology, digital forensics, network system engineering, ethical hacking, and more. So, ideal candidates tend to have strong analytical and problem-solving skills. After all, they must be able to predict attackers’ next moves, identify vulnerabilities before hackers can exploit them, and devise innovative ways to keep organizations safe.   

Ultimately, the difficulty of an online cybersecurity degree program depends on your abilities and preparedness. But if you’re ready to build on your foundational IT knowledge and tackle new challenges in an in-demand field, consider earning your masters from an accredited online cyber security degree. 

Pursuing a graduate degree (like a master's) in cyber security or cyber engineering is a way to build on your past education and experience, plus learn skills specific to combatting cyber threats. To pursue a master’s program, you should have a bachelor’s degree — preferably in a related major. Many programs also require knowledge of computer programming, as well as prerequisite courses in math and science. 

Due to the growing seriousness of cyber attacks, IT professionals with knowledge of cyber security continue to be in high demand. The cost of global cybercrimes is projected to reach $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. No wonder businesses are eager to invest in preventative measures, like hiring cyber security engineers. These cybercrime fighters earn an average annual salary of $97,830. 

Cyber security engineers are professionals who protect organizations’ systems and networks from cyber attacks. To prevent theft, fraud or leaks of sensitive information, they use strategies such as:  

Performing penetration testing to evaluate system security 

Developing secure network solutions that keep businesses’ data safe 

Engineering secure systems that meet organizations’ needs 

Monitoring intrusion detection and security technology systems 


Professionals in the field of cyber security engineering also need to understand social engineering and take steps to mitigate this serious threat. 

All programs at University of the Cumberlands are offered at some of the lowest rates in the nation – and we even include free textbooks through our One Price Promise! For more information on how affordable this program would be for you, visit our Financial Aid page.

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Executive Program Admission Requirements

All students in our executive programs are required to meet a standard set of admissions requirements for graduate students.

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Dr. Raed Sbeit

Dr. Raed Sbeit

Associate Professor
School of Computer Information Sciences
Information Systems Security

Dr. Raed Sbeit

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raed.sbeit [at] ucumberlands.edu

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