2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    Jan 16, 2022  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Information Security, MSIS

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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.


Courses are 3 credit hours and are generally offered in eight-week terms one night a week on ground, online and e-synchronously.

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

Admission Requirements

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

Degree Awarded

Master of Science

Division of Business and Information Technology Foundation Course: 0-3 credit hours

The Division of Business and Information Technology will place students in an appropriate foundational course based on criteria that traditionally indicates student preparedness for graduate level business courses.

Students entering a graduate degree program in the Division of Business and Information Technology (DBIT) with a bachelor’s degree in a business-related field will be enrolled in the courses associated with the gradaute degree they seek. The DBIT Foundation course is not required.

Students entering a graduate degree program in the Division of Business and Information Technology (DBIT) without a bachelor’s degree in a business-related field will be required to take the DBIT Foundation course in order to proceed with studies in their chosen graduate business program.

All DBIT students required to take the foundation course must do so within the first 6 credit hours of their program requirements. The foundation course may not be used to satisfy any elective requirements toward a master’s degree offered by the DBIT.

Total Degree Requirements: 31-37 credit hours

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