Temple University

College of Engineering

Professional Science Master's (PSM) in Computer and Systems Security


1801 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Professional Science Master's (PSM) in Computer and Systems Security

Format: Campus

Program Description:

It is not uncommon to hear stories about the vulnerabilities of the US and global physical technological infrastructure and major companies getting hacked compromising the lives and livelihood of millions. These threats can easily gain the upper hand, putting ongoing pressure on corporations and government to find experts to help fight back. The global cybersecurity market is expected to be $170 billion by 2020, over double its size in 2015.

Temple's College of Engineering has unveiled a new program geared towards addressing the growing global cyber security demand. The Professional Science Master's (PSM) in Computer and Systems Security program was designed to develop professionals prepared to deal with these urgent issues.

"Engineered systems today need to be built with security in mind from the ground up. But the problem is that there are also systems already in place that in hindsight should have included security requirements as part of the engineering process. The ability to address this is what is in demand right now." Says Dr. Frank Ferrese, Ph.D, PE and distinguished industry advisor to the Department of Electrical Engineering. "The beauty of this new PSM is that Temple was able to put a mechanism in place to rapidly respond to what industry is saying they need - because the program was essentially built by industry professionals."

In the workforce hands-on experience is critical to the ability to hit the ground running. A Cisco Networking Academy® lab will give cyber-security, infrastructure, IT industry and engineering professionals the ability to get experience with real scenarios in computer, network and systems security, navigating the physical data and servers of companies, including the cyber physical security ecosystem, along with managing threats and vulnerabilities.

"A Cisco Networking Lab® and the optional internships at area corporations that these students will have access to through this program will give them an advantage of having real experience addressing problems when they arise," says Dr. Li Bai, Department Chair of the Electrical Engineering department at Temple's College of Engineering. "You can't learn that out of a textbook."


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

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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