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Cyber Security Engineering - Information for Accreditation

The bachelor's program in Cyber Security Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Details About the Program

Mission of the Cyber Security Engineering BS

The mission of the undergraduate program in Cyber Security Engineering (CYSE) is to equip students with the ability to participate actively and productively in the engineering of a system that satisfies the needs of clients over the life cycle of the system. This includes the quantitative design of systems with proactive consideration and mitigation of cyber threats throughout the development life cycle. The term system is interpreted broadly, to be used in all industries to include but not limited to transportation, energy, healthcare, infrastructure, finance, government (federal, state, and local), and defense.

The CYSE Undergraduate mission is consistent with both the George Mason University and the Volgenau School of Engineering undergraduate missions. The Mason mission emphasizes that a graduate should be knowledgeable of important issues affecting the world; think critically and creatively and demonstrates professional competence; and is equipped to make positive and meaningful changes in society. Our curriculum gives emphasis to both soft and technical skills and shaping students to think critically and behave ethically and professionally in their careers. The CYSE undergraduate mission is completely aligned with the Volgenau School of Engineering undergraduate mission and the outcomes we expect from our students.

Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. The CYSE Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) support the missions of the university and the school and were determined in consultation with the CYSE program constituencies (faculty, CYSE Industry Advisory Board members, and students). The major of bachelor of science degree in Cyber Security Engineering has three educational objectives.  Graduates earning the Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Security Engineering at George Mason University are expected within three to five years after graduation to be professionals who:

  • Establish themselves in a successful cyber security engineering career in industry or government
  • Communicate and perform ethically and effectively as members or leaders of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Stay current through continuing education opportunities, professional conferences, graduate school, and other self-learning experiences; have the ability to obtain and maintain professional licensing
Student Outcomes

1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. 

Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Undergraduate Enrollment
2015 - 16   105
2016 - 17   188
2017 - 18   295
2018 - 19   370

BS Awarded
2017 - 18  23

Licensure Disclosure

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