Bachelor of Science


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Murray State University
Cybersecurity and Network

Formerly known as the Telecommunications System Management (TSM) program, the Cybersecurity and Network Management (CNM) degree  at Murray State offers students the choice of obtaining a by attending classes on campus or through the CNM online degree program. Students who are on campus can begin the program of study at Murray State or transfer into it after earning an associate degree through the 2+2 Option.

Your Future Connected.

Providing a solid foundation of information systems technologies and business principles, the Cybersecurity and Network Management program is uniquely positioned to help you achieve your dream of a career in technology. And as technology changes, you’ll have the technical competency and problem-solving skills needed to succeed.

No matter what your interest in information technologies, Murray State’s Program of Distinction, CNM, has a track designed for you:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Wireless Communications
  • Network and Systems Administration 

Program of Distinction.

Recognized as one of Kentucky’s premier academic programs, the CNM program has been named a statewide “Program of Distinction”. Our program guided by a distinguished national advisory board ensuring our curriculum meets not only today’s industry needs, but those of the future. Both our undergraduate and graduate programs have been recognized as Programs of the Year by the International Telecommunications Education and Research Association.

Seize your Opportunity.

According to the US Department of Labor, jobs in computer and information technology are expected to grow 13% by 2026, adding more than 546,000 jobs nationally. In our region, there are over 200 companies actively seeking employees who are knowledgeable in cybersecurity, wireless communications, and network and systems administration. In the upcoming years, WK&T Tech Park, located in Mayfield, Ky., expects to hire more than 800 IT workers.

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Jobs include:

  • Network Security Specialist
  • Telecommunications Project Manager
  • Network Analyst & Designer
  • Data Network Supervisor
  • LAN/WAN Support Specialist
  • Systems Security Administrator
  • Computer Network Manager
  • Systems and RF Engineer

Transfer Students - 2+2 Option

2015 Murray State - KCTCS Transfer Agreement

The 2+2 Option is made possible by a transfer agreement between Murray State University and the Kentucky Community and Technical College Systems (KCTCS). The Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology (AAS-IT) degree is available to students online or at specified sites throughout Kentucky by KCTCS. This degree prepares them for completion of the CNM program on campus or online with Murray State. Students will enter the program as juniors.

Online Students

Online students will be assigned a Murray State CNM online advisor as soon as they register for classes. The online advisor will guide them through each step of their educational journey toward the goal of graduation.

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Program Overview

The TSM Cybersecurity program prepares students to identify and counter cyber threats against information systems, computers, mobile phones, networks and data. Cybersecurity is the most in-demand and highest paying specialty within the Information Technology (IT) career field.

Admission Requirements
ACT Composite = 18 or SAT Composite = 1060
2.0 GPA

Career Options

Security Analyst
Security Technician
Security Engineer
Penetration Tester
Watch Stander
System Administrator
Security Manager
Firewall Administrator

Topics Included

White-Hat/Black-Hat Hackers
Intrusion detection/prevention
Firewall Administration
Linux Administration
Data Breaches
Threat Analysis

Course Information (Total Course Requirements - 120hrs)

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University Studies Requirements (41hrs)

University Studies selections must include:
Scientific Inquiry, Methodologies, and Quantitative Skills
MAT 140 College Algebra
PHY 125 Brief Introductory Physics
PHY 126 Brief Introductory Physics Laboratory
STA 135 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Social and Self-Awareness and Responsible Citizenship
ECO 231 Principles of Microeconomics
University Studies Electives
CSC 101 Introduction to Problem Solving Using Computers
CSC 199 Introduction to Information Technology

Required Courses (58hrs)

ACC 200 Principles of Financial Accounting
CIS 307 Decision Support Technologies
CIS 317 Principles of Information Systems Analysis and Design
CSC 235 Programming in C++
ENG 324 Technical Writing
FIN 330 Principles of Finance
IOE 350 Technology Management
IOE 399 Professional Development Seminar I
MKT 360 Principles of Marketing
TSM 100T Transitions
TSM 134 Introduction to Cybersecurity and Network Management
TSM 232 Operating Systems
TSM 233 Network Services
TSM 241 Networking Fundamentals
TSM 301 Physical Network Theory
TSM 320 Introduction to Wireless Technology
TSM 343 Protocol Analysis
TSM 351 Principles of Information Security
TSM 411 Network Design, Operations and Management
TSM 443 Telephone Technology
TSM 488 Cooperative Education/Internship

Cybersecurity Emphasis Requirements (21hrs)

Core Courses (12hrs)

TSM 352 System Security
TSM 353 Network Security
TSM 440 Information Policy and Security Auditing
TSM 441 Advanced Information Security

Approved Electives (9hrs)
CSC 310 Database Administration
CSC 360 Scripting Languages
CSC 370 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
ECO 335 Economics and Public Policy of Telecommunications Industry
LSC 443 Fundamentals of Operations and Technology
MGT 358 Entrepreneurial Business Plan Development
MKT 475 Marketing Strategies in E-Commerce
TSM 321 Wireless Communications
TSM 322 Wireless Communications II
TSM 323 Wireless Mobile Internet
TSM 360 Virtualized Enterprise Systems
TSM 421 Mobile Satellite Communications
TSM 444 Enterprise Networks
TSM 450 Telecommunications Policy and Management
TSM 517 Systems Planning


Are you ready to make your dreams a reality?



Dr. Abdul Yarali
Abdul Yarali, Ph.D.
CNM Coordinator, CAE-CD P.O.C
Cybersecurity and Network Management
Industry and Technology 253