Academic Programs

Academic Programs

The mission of the NIESS-CAE academic programs are to develop a cadre of professionals trained in cyber defense related fields and to address the urgent national need for additional expertise. Morgan has a commitment to the development of academic programs in support of a Cyber Security Center of Excellence. Certificate options are being developed for the Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Science and Systems Departments. Within the Electrical Engineering program, there are four options, based on academic level, a student can take as pathway to cyber security learning. These programs are focused on complying with the NSA/DHS Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Education certification standards.

The four academic pathways are as follows:

 

Electrical Engineering Cyber Security Track

In recognition of Morgan State University's efforts in the advancement of academic program development, research, and preparing students for careers in Cyber Security, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated Morgan State University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). For more information on this designation please refer to the Morgan's press release.
This designation is a very significant achievement for Morgan, and we, in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are proud to have led this effort in collaboration with the Computer Science and Information Science departments.

During the process of this designation an extensive set of Knowledge Units provided by the Information Assurance education experts in the NSA and DHS are mapped into five (5) ECE senior elective courses to create the Electrical Engineering Cyber Track for undergraduate students. Students whom successfully complete all of the courses in this track will receive the CAE-CDE Cyber Security certificate with the NSA and DHS seals in recognition of their success in the designated Cyber track.

Electrical Engineering Cyber Security Track Courses

Undergraduate ECE students must complete the following courses for this certification:

EEGR 410: COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS
EEGR 480: INTRODUCTION TO CYBER SECURITY 
EEGR 481: INTRODUCTION TO NETWORK SECURITY
EEGR 482: INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION SECURITY
EEGR 483: INTRODUCTION TO SECURITY MANAGEMENT
This track is compatible with the ECE curriculum and students do not have to take extra courses to receive this certificate. These courses satisfy the all four Senior Elective courses (12 credits of EEGR4xx) that are required for the electrical engineering students and one of the two non-EE elective course requirements (3 of 6 credits). For more information on these courses, please click here


Course Scheduling

 A typical curriculum for EE students who want to participate in the program while obtaining their bachelor's degree would be as follows.

Students can complete this course series in 2 consecutive semesters. EEGR 410, 580, 583 course are offered during Fall semester and EEGR 481, 482 are offered during Spring semester. Considering the prerequisite structure of these courses, a suggested schedule for interested ECE students is shown below.

For inquiries about this program, you can reach me at farzad.moazzami@morgan.edu

Click here to download the program flyer. 

Course Descriptions

EEGR 410 COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS (Syllabus)

Three hours lecture; 3 credits. An introduction to communication networks. Includes the OSI layering model of networks with emphasis on the physical, data link, and network layers; and network topologies. Introduction to a variety of computer, satellite, and local-area communication networks, including Ethernet, Internet, packet radio,and the telephone network. 

EEGR480 INTRODUCTION TO CYBER SECURITY (Syllabus)
Three hours lecture; 3 credits. This course will provide a basic introduction to of all aspects of cyber-security including business, policy and procedures, communications security, network security, security management, legal issues, political issues, and technical issues. This serves as the introduction to the cyber security program. Prerequisite: EEGR 317. Students must pass EEGR 317 with a grade of "C" or better. 

EEGR481 INTRODUCTION TO NETWORK SECURITY (Syllabus)
Three hours lecture; 3 credits. This course will provide the basic concepts in the many aspects of security associated with today's modern computer networks including local area networks and the internet. It includes the fundamentals of network architecture, vulnerabilities, and security mechanisms including firewalls, guards, intrusion detection, access control, malware scanners and biometrics. Prerequisite: EEGR 317. Students must pass EEGR 317 with a grade of "C" or better. 

EEGR482 INTRODUCTION TO CRYPTOGRAPHY(Syllabus)
Three hours lecture; 3 credits. This course will provide practical knowledge on a wide range of cryptography mechanisms and will explore their relationship with today's modern communications and networks. It includes the fundamentals of cryptography, classic and modern encryption, decryption, public and private key structures, digital signature and secure hash functions. Prerequisite: EEGR 317. Students must pass EEGR 317 with a grade of "C" or better. 

EEGR483 INTRODUCTION TO SECURITY MANAGEMENT (Syllabus)
Three hours lecture; 3 credits. This course will provide a basic background in the many aspects of security management associated with today's modern communications and networks. It includes the fundamentals of Risk Analysis, Risk Management, Security Policy, Security Operations, Legal issues, Business issues and Secure Systems Development. Prerequisite: EEGR 317. Students must pass EEGR 317 with a grade of "C" or better. SYLLABUS

Please see the School of Engineering Catalog for more details.


 

Non-EE Cyber Track Courses

INSS141 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER-BASED INFORMATION SYSTEM
This course is an introduction to computers and information processing in business. Students will learn the importance, functions, and use of computers in business. The course provides hands-on experience with commercially available microcomputer software packages electronic spreadsheets, and database management. Greater emphasis shall be placed on the applications of computers using Microsoft Office 2010.

INSS390 ENTERPRISE INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT I
This course introduces students to issues related to adoption and strategic use of enterprise information systems in a variety of corporate settings. Topics include adoption and strategic use of enterprise information systems such as ERP, CRM and supply chain management systems, enterprise architectures, distributed business systems, business process configuration and management, change management, investment analysis, security issues, IT outsourcing, current trends related to study of enterprise information systems and others. Prerequisite: INSS 360 

INSS391 DATA COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTER NETWORKS
The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive review of the basic business data communications and network fundamentals. The student will learn how to identify, analyze, and propose possible communication solutions to a variety of simple problems. The student will also learn the fundamentals of communication protocols, telecommunication systems, local area networks and the enterprise network.
The course material will include logical thinking projects and problems that will highlight the theoretical concepts covered in class. Students will be required to discuss critical issues, propose possible solutions, and present these solutions in papers or oral presentations or class exercises. Prerequisite: INSS 360

 

Note: The courses offered by the Information Science and Systems Department do not count towards the completion of the EE Cyber Track.


Graduate Certificate and Concentration

The graduate certificate program has been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Committee (MHEC). The graduate concentration has been proposed but has not been submitted to MHEC. Upon the completion of the graduate certificate program, students will receive the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Cyber Security. The graduate curriculum takes the 5xx courses and adds three advanced 6xx courses to build a concentration. All of the courses have been developed.


Course Descriptions

EEGR 510 COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS
Three hours lecture; 3 credits. An introduction to communication networks. Includes the OSI layering model of networks with emphasis on the physical, data link, and network layers; and network topologies. Introduction to a variety of computer, satellite, and local-area communication networks, including Ethernet, Internet, packet radio,and the telephone network. SYLLABUS

EEGR580 INTRODUCTION TO CYBER SECURITY
Three hours lecture; 3 credits. This course will provide a basic introduction to of all aspects of cyber-security including business, policy and procedures, communications security, network security, security management, legal issues, political issues, and technical issues. This serves as the introduction to the cyber security program. Prerequisite: EEGR 317. Students must pass EEGR 317 with a grade of "C" or better. SYLLABUS

EEGR581 INTRODUCTION TO NETWORK SECURITY
Three hours lecture; 3 credits. This course will provide the basic concepts in the many aspects of security associated with today's modern computer networks including local area networks and the internet. It includes the fundamentals of network architecture, vulnerabilities, and security mechanisms including firewalls, guards, intrusion detection, access control, malware scanners and biometrics. Prerequisite: EEGR 317. Students must pass EEGR 317 with a grade of "C" or better. SYLLABUS

EEGR582 INTRODUCTION TO CRYPTOGRAPHY
Three hours lecture; 3 credits. This course will provide practical knowledge on a wide range of cryptography mechanisms and will explore their relationship with today's modern communications and networks. It includes the fundamentals of cryptography, classic and modern encryption, decryption, public and private key structures, digital signature and secure hash functions. Prerequisite: EEGR 317. Students must pass EEGR 317 with a grade of "C" or better. SYLLABUS

EEGR583 INTRODUCTION TO SECURITY MANAGEMENT
Three hours lecture; 3 credits. This course will provide a basic background in the many aspects of security management associated with today's modern communications and networks. It includes the fundamentals of Risk Analysis, Risk Management, Security Policy, Security Operations, Legal issues, Business issues and Secure Systems Development. Prerequisite: EEGR 317. Students must pass EEGR 317 with a grade of "C" or better. SYLLABUS

EEGR678 NETWORK SECURITY
Three hours lecture; 3 credits. This course will provide a background in the many aspects of security associated with the protection of computer networks It includes Network attacks and advanced topics in vulnerabilities, networks security management, firewalls, guards, intrusion detection, access control, malware scanners and biometrics. SYLLABUS

EEGR679 SECURITY IN NETWORK AND LINK APPLICATIONS
Three hours lecture; 3 credits. Security Architecture for open, closed and mixed network topologies. Introduction to security mechanism design and implementation. SYLLABUS

EEGR615 HIGH SPEED NETWORKS
Three hours lecture; 3 credits. Introduction to the design of high data rate, integrated services protocols that designed for high speed multi-media applications such as video, voice, data and internet traffic. The TCP/IP, IEEE8O2.x LAN, and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM). Introduction to Routing and Queuing Theory is included. Topics include switching architectures, network management and control. SYLLABUS


The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Signals Intelligence Concentration with a Cyber Security Track

This is a Post Graduate degree program. This program consists of 3 core courses plus 7 elective courses as defined by the program under which the student enrolls. The Cyber Security Track within the Signals Intelligence Concentration has a common core of three courses and is designed for accommodating interdisciplinary research. The Signals Intelligence Concentration has been approved MHEC.

See the Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Program page for details regarding the Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering with a Concentration in Signal Intelligence.


Navy/Morgan State University Master of Engineering in Cyber Engineering (MECE)


This ONE YEAR , on campus academic program is a cooperative educational agreement between The Department of the Navy and Morgan State University

The Navy/MSU Master of Engineering in Cyber Engineering degree is a part of the Navy/MSU Employment and Education program. First, the Navy will hire you as an entry level employee for one of their Engineering Commands and/or Naval Surface Warfare Centers participating in the program. The two Engineering Commands are the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) (www.navsea.navy.mil) and the Strategic Systems Program (SSP) (www.ssp.navy.mil). The specific locations for NAVSEA's Naval Surface Warfare Centers are located in Panama City, FL, Philadelphia, PA, Indian Head, MD, Dam Neck, VA, Port Hueneme, CA and Dahlgren, VA. The Strategic Systems Program location is only in Washington, DC. The Navy requires the participant to be a U.S. citizen and to have a degree in a STEM field, preferably in engineering and/or computer science with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. The participant must be within one year of their graduation date. The participant must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET level security clearance.

The education portion of this program involves obtaining a Master of Engineering degree in Cyber Engineering from MSU. This program covers both the IP and Network, as well as, the embedded weapon control systems aspects of Cyber Security/Engineering. The program consists of the latest school of thought and concepts involving Cyber Engineering while including Cyber Certifications and "hands-on experimentation and demonstration programs"

This program will encourage professional development that addresses many of the challenges the Navy faces in the areas of cyber cloud vulnerabilities, hardened infrastructure, trusted electronics, hardened control systems and hardware and software resilience.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

Must be hired as a Navy Civilian employee from one of the below agencies

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)  or

Strategic Systems Program Office (SSP)

Must be a U.S. citizens eligible to obtain security clearance

Must meet all MSU Graduate school requirements with a BS degree in a STEM major (preferably Engineering) with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE:

     A) Employment with the Navy
     B) Security Clearance
     C) Full salary while attending the 12 month on-campus MSU MECE Program
     D) Paid tuition and fees
     E) Book reimbursements
     F) Travel reimbursement
     G) At least one Cyber Security Certification (Security Plus)
     H) Hands on Laboratory and workforce application experience
     I) Job Promotion upon graduation from the program

 

 

Transfer Students

There are a number of ways through which credits can be transferred. Morgan's Transfer Center shows existing active articulation agreements between Monroe College in New YorkCollege of Southern MarylandCommunity College of Baltimore County and the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering for Professionals. The former three have foundational courses that allow students to transfer into Computer Engineering.