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Situated at confluence of computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics, cyber security has emerged as an important discipline as the number and impact of cyber attack and crimes are in constant increase. The cyber security will remain as important for the foreseeable future. Among the current major topics of interest at Sabancı University are:

- Biometrics

- Blockchain

- Computer and network security

- Cryptography

- Cryptographic engineering

- Efficient and secure implementation of cryptographic algorithms in hardware and software

- Data security and privacy

- Software security

- Wireless System Security

Due to a decision of the Graduate Board (Board Meeting on the 11th of March, 2014), in order to be able to defend the thesis, the student should have at least one (1) journal articles satisfying the following:

- If the scientific outputs of a PhD study cannot be published due to trade secrets, patent application process, etc., the Institute Executive Board can waive this condition after consulting with the SUATT director on the nature and eligibility of such applications.

- The journal should be listed in SCI-E or Scopus journal lists.

- The article should have been accepted and this should be demonstrated by a letter from the advisor two weeks before thesis defense.


Course Category Min. ECTS Credits Min. SU Credits Min. Courses
PhD Dissertation - - 1
Required Courses - - 2
Core Electives - 12 4
Area Electives - 9 3
Total 258 21 10

PhD Dissertation

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     SEC 790 PhD Dissertation 180 0 FENS

Required Courses

2 non-credit courses are required. courses are required.

Scientific and Technical Communication and one seminar (SEC 551 or SEC 552) courses are required.

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     GR 555E Scientific and Technical Communication 7 0 FENS
     SEC 551 Graduate Seminar I 1 0 FENS
     SEC 552 Graduate Seminar II 1 0 FENS

Core Electives

Minimum 4 courses, 12 SU credits are required from core elective courses pool.

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     CS 507 Cryptography 10 3 FENS
     CS 516 Biometrics 10 3 FENS
     CS 517 Advanced Cryptography and Data Security 10 3 FENS
     CS 528 Big Data Processing 10 3 FENS
     CS 532 Computer and Network Security 10 3 FENS
     CS 535 Wireless Network Security 10 3 FENS
     CS 546 Deep Natural Language Processing 10 3 FENS
     CS 58007 Special Topics in CS: Internet of Things Sensing System 10 3 FENS
     CS 58008 Special Topics in CS: Automated Program Repair 10 3 FENS
     IE 604 Integer Programming 10 3 FENS
     MATH 68007 Special Topics in MATH: Mathematical Techniques in Cryptography 10 3 FENS
     SEC 530 Malware Analysis and Detection 10 3 FENS
     SEC 532 Blockchain: Security and Applications 10 3 FENS
     SEC 534 Cryptographic Engineering 10 3 FENS
     SEC 537 Cybersecurity Practices and Applications 10 3 FENS
     SEC 540 Wireless System Security and Privacy 10 3 FENS
     SEC 58006 Special Topics in SEC: Decentralized Finance 10 3 FENS

Area Electives

Minimum 3 courses, 9 SU credits are required from area elective courses pool.

(*) Max. total 3 courses of "special topics" and "selected topics" courses can be counted as core and area electives.

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**Courses in more than one areas are listed in the area according to order of appearence in Summary of Degree Requirements list. That is, if a course is both area elective and core elective,then it is listed in core elective courses list.

***Undergraduate courses are not listed in graduate area requirements even if they are among them.

****Since graduation requirements may change dependent to the enrollment year to the University, we advise our students who enrolled at SU in previous years and still continue their education, to track their graduation requirements completion via Information System - Degree Evaluation.