MS in Information Technology - Information Security

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Protect Institutions From The Inside Out

Be a clutch player on any organization’s IT team with an information security masters degree. This hot, growing field involves managing and evaluating internal and external threats to security, system integrity and networks. Investigate human factors present in cybersecurity related to ethics, integrity, practices, policies and procedures. Learn the ins and outs of enforcing network-level security policies and how to ultimately "lock down" an organization's internet entry.

Use your information security degree for a career as an: information security specialist, network firewall security analyst, security administrator, security architect, senior security architect, system security analyst, system security lead, system security technician, systems security specialist and web security analyst.

Why Concentrate in Information Security?

  • Jobs in cybersecurity and cloud computing, and mobile- and Web-based games and apps are exploding
  • Average "Internet Security specialist" salaries are 34% higher than average salaries for all job postings nationwide
  • Stepping stone to a top-dollar job

Concentration Outcomes

In addition to the skills you'll gain as an MS IT graduate, an information security master's enables you to:

  • Recommend best practices for planning, implementing and managing enterprise-level security and system integrity
  • Develop organizational policies and procedures to mitigate potential security threats related to human behaviors
  • Analyze the overall network security posture of an enterprise in a given scenario

MS IT Information Security Curriculum

Total Credits Required: 36 minimum

To complete your Master's in IT degree, you will take 12 courses (36 credits), including nine core MS in Information Technology courses and three IT concentration courses.

Information Security Courses

IT-549: Foundation in Information Assurance
This course explores the basic concepts and prepares students with the foundation skills for the protection of networks, communication, and data, as well as the knowledge base for planning, implementing, and managing enterprise level security and system integrity. Topics include approaches in an organization to prevent, detect and recover from the loss of information, cryptography and its applications, security in networks and distributed environments.
IT-552: Human Factors in Security
?This course examines the human factors present in cyber security related to ethics, integrity, practices, policies and procedures. Students will design information technology security awareness training and optimize information technology organizational factors to foster a healthy security culture within an organization. Additionally, students will recommend mitigation strategies to protect an organization from human behaviors that could potentially cause a security threat.
IT-643: Network Assessment and Defense
This course covers the fundamental skills and knowledge in evaluating internal and external threats to network security and design. It includes a broad range of topics from secure network fundamentals, protocols and analysis; threats and vulnerabilities; application, data and host security, access control and identity management. Students who have completed the course will have a full understanding of defensive measures taken to secure their organization's network along with the proper knowledge necessary to comprehend overall network security posture and the basic practices in vulnerability assessment. This course is Lab Intensive.

MS in Information Technology Core Courses

IT-510: Advanced Information Technology
This course focuses on the principles and practices underlying the analysis, design, implementation and management of information technology systems. Topics include information system development methodologies, systems planning, requirements analysis, systems implementation, software engineering, project management, and interface, database and process design.
IT-511: Object Oriented Application Development
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practices of object- oriented software development and provides a foundation for developing quality software. Students develop skills in applying object- oriented concepts to solve software problems and implement solutions. The course also teaches the concepts and design of algorithms for problem solving and includes the topics of data structures as they are related to the algorithms that use them. The course provides the technical foundation necessary to handle the material covered in the subsequent IT courses.
IT-515: Innovations in Information Technology
In this course, students strengthen their understanding of leadership theory and ethical frameworks in the context of a technology enterprise. Students will apply this understanding to business cases that reflect the need for innovative technology solutions in today's workplace in order to transform the thinking of an organization when change is required or to develop ideas that enable new business strategies.
IT-520: Technical Communication
The course focuses on the essential oral and written technical communication skills needed for producing technical documentation and presentations in many different forms for varying business situations. The course enables students to understand the needs of stakeholders in order to develop different technical documents such as white papers, design specifications, project plans, test plans, user manuals, etc. The ability to communicate research findings using appropriate academic formatting will also be addressed.
IT-600: Operating Systems
This course focuses on computer architecture and the operating systems of digital computers. Students learn about the operational methods of hardware; the services provided by operating systems' software; acquisition, processing, storage and output data; and the interaction between computers. Topics include widely used operating systems such as DOS, Windows, and UNIX.
IT-625: Information Technology Project and Team Management
This course introduces the students to the principles and practices necessary to be an effective IT project manager. The course covers project scope, time, cost, quality and human resource management techniques as applied to the kinds of project management problems and issues unique to the IT environment. Students learn how to design an actual IT project structure and will obtain hands-on experience using project management software. Emphasis is on the techniques of project management, leadership, teamwork and project risk management as applied to the IT environment. Case work is an important part of this course.
IT-640: Telecommunications and Networking
Telecommunications is a business resource that must be well managed. This includes the technical aspects and the application of telecommunications technology to solve specific business problems and enhance the strategic position of a business enterprise. Topics include the importance of telecommunication in today's business environment, the analysis, design and implementation of telecommunications systems, the scope of the telecommunications industry and current trends; telecommunications hardware, the OSI network model, networking technologies and telecommunications software, protocols and standards.
IT-650: Principles of Database Design
This course is a study of the design, development and implementation of database management systems (DBMS) that emphasize relational DBMS architecture using SQL. Students will design and implement projects and complete case exercises as they are introduced to new developments in database design.
IT-510 and IT-511

Foundation Course

IT-505: Core Technologies
This course familiarizes students with the basic concepts of information systems to strengthen their knowledge of hardware and software systems, including supporting information technology infrastructures. Students will gain an understanding of the application of fundamental information technology competencies related to computer networks, software and delivery systems for delivering products and service within an enterprise to customers, suppliers and clients. Additionally, students examine the skills and dispositions that shape their professional identities.

Capstone Course

IT-700: Capstone in Information Technology
As the final step in students' journeys toward their Master of Science degrees in Information Technology, this capstone course will integrate previous coursework and practical experience with a focus on authentic demonstration of competencies outlined by the program. Rather than introducing new concepts, students will synthesize and integrate prior learning to design or develop a capstone as a culmination of their studies. The course will be structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements and developing a well-thought-out, comprehensive capstone project.
Must have 30 credits

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Candidates are also required to submit a resume.

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