2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    May 24, 2018  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Information Security, M.S.

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The Master of Science in Information Security program is designed to meet the demand for information security professionals in the workforce.  During their program of studies, students focus on current research activities in the field of information security, and use active learning to develop the skills necessary to protect an organization’s technology and information assets.


Most courses are 3 credit hours and are offered in eight-week terms, either online or in a hybrid.

Students will earn a MS degree upon completion of 37 credit hours consisting of 6 credit hours in 2 foundational business courses, 12 credit hours in 4 core cyber/information systems courses, 12 hours in 4 Information Security program courses, 3 credit hours of further study in 1 elective CYBR or MIS subject, and a 4 credit hour Capstone course.


Master of Science




In addition to the requirements stated under the Graduate Admissions Policy, the requirements for admission to MSIS are as follows:

  • Letter of recommendation from employer or professional reference.
  • Completion of program interview process and written approval of admission by the program director after review of the admission requirements.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution which includes topical coverage consistent with NSA CAE Core Knowledge Unit Requirements to include a minimum of 3 credit hours with a C or better:
    • Basic Data Analysis
    • Basic Scripting or Introductory Programming
    • Fundamental Security Design Principles
    • Introductory Cryptography
    • Network Technology & Protocols
    • Operating Systems Concepts
    • Programming
    • IT Systems Components
    • Networking Concepts
    • System Administration
    • Databases

Business, Technology, and Leadership Division Foundation Courses - 6 Credit hours

Total Degree Requirements: 37 credit hours

Combined Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Masters in Management Information Systems (MMIS)

This combined degree program is intended to provide academically talented students an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s (Computer Information Systems CIS) and master’s degree (Masters Management Information Systems MMIS in a shorter period of time.  The program allows students to obtain dual credit, thus reducing the time it would normally take to graduate.  The combined degree program reduces the cost of both degrees and enhances student’s marketability for career advancement.

Students must meet all MMIS Admissions requirements.

Once students have been accepted into the combined BS & MMIS degree program, the students will have the ability to concurrently enroll in the following three 3-credit Masters level courses to complete their bachelor’s degree:

  • MIS 510 Management Information Systems - 3 credit hours or MIS 550 Data Communications and Networking - 3 credit hours
  • MIS 525 Research Methods in MIS - 3 credit hours
  • MIS 575 IT Audit and Control or MIS 535 Network Security - 3 credit hours

NOTE:  Graduate level courses will not be considered as substitutions for undergraduate CIS program courses.  Undergraduate students must successfully complete all of the required major coursework in the CIS program to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems.

Upon successful completion, these three 3-credit Master’s level courses will be substituted for the student’s final three 3-credit hour undergraduate level elective courses, thus completing the student’s undergraduate degree requirements.

Course credit earned will be transcripted at the academic level at which the course is taken.

If the student does not continue on to graduate school, the coursework taken will still satisfy undergraduate degree requirements.

Please consult the Program Director or Academic Advising for further information on this program.


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