Preparatory Courses

The following four online courses provide a strong foundation for the Master’s program and students are encouraged to take the courses as refreshers.  These courses do not count toward the hours required for the Master’s degree. For course descriptions, see the Graduate School catalog. CS510 and CS511 are taught every summer, and CS512 and CS515 are taught every fall. 

Summer Courses 2014

May 19 – July 11

CS510 Object Oriented Programming

May 19 – Aug 15

CS511 Computer Organization 

Fall Courses 2014

Aug 25

CS512 Data Structures


CS515 Foundations of Computer Science 

Tentative Schedule

All courses are offered asynchronously over the Internet.  The schedule follows JMU’s calendar for fall and spring semesters. Course schedules and courses offerings are subject to change with advance notice to students. 

Semester 1

Starts Jan 12, 2015

CS550 Operating Systems
CS652 Formal Methods of Information Security

Summer Course

June 1 – July 24, 2015

CS523 Ethics, Law and Policy in Cyberspace

Semester 2

Starts Aug 31, 2015 

CS531 Secure Programming
CS610 Networks and Network Security

Semester 3

Starts Jan 11, 2016

CS633 Computer Forensics
CS627 Cryptography: Algorithms and Applications

Summer Course

Summer Thesis Work or Comprehensive Exam Prep

Semester 4

Starts Aug 2016

CS660 Advanced Network Security AND
InfoSec Elective (non-thesis students) OR 
CS700 Thesis (thesis approval and research)

Semester 5

Starts Jan 2017

CS635 Secure Operations AND
InfoSec Elective (non-thesis students) OR
CS700 Thesis (continued research, thesis defense)

Possible Electives
  • CS621  Software Assurance
  • CS621  Malware Analysis
  • CS675  Distributed Computing and Security
  • CS685  Special Topics

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