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Comprehensive Exam

The objective of the comprehensive examination is to assess depth and breadth of knowledge in the emphasis area and readiness to undertake dissertation research. The comprehensive examination includes a written portion and an optional oral portion. The need for the oral portion is determined by the supervisory committee.

The written portion consists of written responses to a series of questions from three topical areas:  (1) CS 567 Applied Cryptography or both MATH 508 Advanced Public Key Cryptology and MATH 509 Symmetric Key Cryptology, (2) CS 575 Software Security, and (3) CS 622 Advanced Network Security.