Cybersecurity in Tulsa

The University of Tulsa has been a leader in cybersecurity research and education for more than 20 years.

TU has been a designated Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the federal government since 2000 and was one of the first 14 institutions awarded this distinction. TU also is recognized by the federal government as a CAE in IA Research and Cyber Operations. TU alumni are employed worldwide in leading roles among the private and public sectors as well as academia.

TU offers multiple programs for students who want to advance in integral areas of cybersecurity and computer science such as applications development and maintenance, system administration, network administration, policy development, training, management, academic or industry.

Problems to be Solved

Our country’s military, energy, financial, retail, insurance and health digital information infrastructure face ever-increasing cyber-related attacks from foreign governments, rouge hackers and terrorist organizations with the potential for disastrous impact on the defense of our nation, including our economy. The sophistication of these cyberattacks continues to advance alongside these ever-increasing number of attacks, requiring a robust cyber research and innovation enterprise to stay steps ahead of these attackers.

The quality of cyberprotection services, vendors and products is without a rating system. There is an inadequate cyber-trained workforce to meet these challenges with an estimate of 350,000 open cyber positions across the United States. One estimate is that by 2021, more than 3 million cyber defense jobs will be needed.

Decision makers at major corporations and public institutions across the United States are not adequately informed in cyber-related issues to protect their companies and institutions.

Unique Solutions to These Problems

Tulsa Enterprise on Cyber Innovation, Talent and Entrepreneurship (TECITE)
The University of Tulsa has a long-standing reputation for excellence in cybersecurity with programs on campus supported by the federal government, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA).

Executive Summary

A new war is underway. A war fought among nations, organized terror cells and individual hackers, against our national defense systems. A war against our banking, retail, health and energy business sectors. The sophistication of these attacks continues to advance. Currently 350,000 cyberdefense positions are available in the United States with projections for exponential growth in needed cyberdefense workforce. For many of these cyber positions, the candidates must meet Top Secret Security Clearance level standards. There is a need to expand cyber research, innovation and entrepreneurship to stay well ahead of the “bad guys.” There is great need to ensure the quality of cyberservices, vendors and products in supply chains, manufactured products and cyber insurance ratings.

This proposal asks for the creation of a Tulsa Enterprise for Cyber Innovation, Talent and Entrepreneurship (TECITE.) The backbone of this enterprise is a set of co-located cyber centers of excellence that link industry, federal agencies and The University of Tulsa in a united effort in defense of our information systems. The proposal takes advantage of Tulsa’s low cost of living, ability to recruit and retain young talent and the near downtown Tulsa Opportunity Zone along 6th Street. The proposal leverages The University of Tulsa’s 20-year history as the lead supplier of Top Secret Security Clearance talent to federal agencies and as a national center of excellence in cyberdefense education and research. All of this is an effort to significantly grow additional cyber workforce and innovations in Tulsa.

Cybersecurity Centers and Institutes

Cyber Corps
The University of Tulsa’s Cyber Corps program accepts students interested in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, applied physics, engineering physics or mathematics. The program also accommodates students who have expertise in computer science or computer engineering and are interested in pursuing law, business and liberal arts degrees.

TU’s Cyber Corps is a designated Center of Excellence in Cyber Operations. The mission of the center is to train students in the art and science of cyberwarfare, preparing them for professional careers with the intelligence community and DoD.

Institute for Information Security (iSEC)
Dating back to the 1950s, TU faculty, students and staff have worked to forge strong industry partnerships for research and development. The TU Institute for Information Security (iSec) is a multidisciplinary program of study and research tackling cybersecurity issues on a global scale. TU is one of the leading schools in the country for information security research and education with more than a decade of experience in the field.

Applied Research Center for Cloud of Things, directed by Tandy Professor of Computer Science Engineering, Rose Gamble, email

Research in Cybersecurity

Interdisciplinary research projects funded by AFRL, DHS, DOE and private industry

  • Wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) Device Security
  • Security Assurance for Autonomous and Self-Adaptive Systems
  • U.S. Critical Infrastructure Protection Research (oil & gas, nuclear, and the power grid)
  • Security Economics Lab
  • Institute for Information Security (iSec)
Exclusive TU Educational Opportunities
  • MS in Cybersecurity Professional Track degree offered online along with a traditional residential program
  • Undergraduate exposure and research in cybersecurity
  • Substantial curriculum offerings
  • Research engagement through funded support and the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge
  • Minor that attracts undergraduate students from computer science, engineering and business
Academic Degree Programs at TU


Computer Science, B.S.C.S.
Gain a foundation in mathematics and the sciences with core computer science courses.

Computer Information Systems, B.S.B.A.
Provides a basic understanding of information technologies and teaches the skills necessary to employ information technology resources with the objective of enhancing organization and user performance.

Information Technology, B.S.I.T.
Learn core computer science foundations, develop and manage applications with an understanding of the commercial markets.

Computer Simulation and Gaming, B.S.C.S.G.
Develop technologies such as advanced scientific simulators, virtual reality environments and computer games.

Computer Science, Accelerated Master’s
Highly motivated students can accelerate their education and earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in computer science in five years.

Cybersecurity, Accelerated Master’s
Allows TU undergraduate student to being logging graduate hours while completing a bachelor’s degree, reducing the time for completion of the master’s degree.


Bioinformatics Minor
Students from any discipline may minor in bioinformatics.

Computational Sciences Minor
Prepares students for graduate programs focused on computer modeling and simulation of technical and natural systems.

Computer Science Minor
Non-majors are welcome to minor in computer science within the Tandy School of Computer Science.

High Performance Computing Minor
Students from other disciplines may minor in high performance computing.

Information Technology Minor
Students from other disciplines may minor in information technology.

Cybersecurity Minor
Combines information systems, including computer information systems, information technology, and computer science with cybersecurity and its relevant applications in the business world.

Graduate Programs

Cybersecurity Professional Track, M.S.
An online program designed for working professionals providing a comprehensive understanding of the foundational concepts of cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity, Non-Thesis Option, M.S.
A residential program providing a comprehensive understanding of the foundational concepts of cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity, Thesis Option, M.S.
A residential program providing a comprehensive understanding of the foundational concepts of cybersecurity while engaging in research.

Cybersecurity, Accelerated Master’s
Allows TU undergraduate student to being logging graduate hours while completing a bachelor’s degree, reducing the time for completion of the master’s degree.

Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Track, M.S.
Prepares students for careers in a wide range of industries. Students take advanced courses in theory and applications.

Computer Science, Non-Thesis Option, M.S.
Prepares students for careers in a wide range of industries. Students take advanced courses in theory and applications.

Computer Science, Thesis Option, M.S.
Allows students to obtain a breadth of knowledge in computer science by taking advanced courses in theory, application and current research.

Computer Science, M.S. (Accelerated Master’s)
Highly motivated students can earn a master’s in computer science in less time by beginning to log hours during their TU undergraduate degree.

Computer Science, J.D./M.S.
Highly motivated students can earn a Juris Doctor and a master’s degree in less than four years.

Computer Science, Ph.D.
Obtain a depth of knowledge in an area of interest by focusing on courses in that area, conducting independent research and producing scholarly work.

Computer Engineering, M.E.
Prepares students to apply hardware and software techniques and problem solving to a variety of topics in computer engineering.

Computer Engineering, M.S.E.
Prepares students with an expertise in the foundational areas of computer science and electrical engineering.

Computer Engineering, Ph.D.
Students can pursue research and course work that emphasizes either the computer science or electrical engineering aspect of this joint degree.

  • Computer science students are offered research opportunities as undergraduates.
  • TU students compete at the regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.
  • Computer science student
    Cutting-edge cybersecurity and computer science labs are located in TU's Rayzor Hall.
  • Professor Mauricio Papa works with students on critical infrastructure protection research.
  • Students compete against other cyber defense teams at the regional and national levels.
  • Students work in many different areas of computer science including bioinformatics.
  • Professor Hale helping a student
    Professor John Hale advises students in areas such as computational biology and neuroinformatics.