Masters Degree in Information Security, MS

Information Security, MS

Program Description

BSU Master of Science in Information Security offers an intensive graduate program that provides information technology professionals with theoretical and practical knowledge in security concepts such as access control, secure application development, business continuity planning, cryptography, e-commerce regulations, operational, physical, architectural security, telecommunications and network security. This curriculum will prepare students for careers as a Chief Information Officer, Chief Security Officer, and network forensic specialist. Upon completion of the program, graduate students should be able to take the widely recognized Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam.

Program Objectives

Master of Science in Information Security program enables students to contribute to the Information Technology profession through independent learning, scholarship, and research.  At the conclusion of the program, master’s students will be able to:

  • Manage the use of information security methodologies in the practice of information assurance and risk management.
  • Identify areas of security concerns within system and application software.
  • Assess the security needs of an enterprise information system and its applications to maintain the confidentiality, integrity and availability of digital data.
  • Plan the use of network security using current cryptographic and access control technologies.
  • Create information security polices and disaster recovery procedures that conform to moral, legal and ethical standards.
  • Compose physical security methodologies to address system vulnerabilities and apply appropriate countermeasures in response to threats.
  • Conduct scholarly research pertaining to contemporary information security issues.
  • Demonstrate professional communication skills in writing through organizing, thinking critically, and communicating ideas and information in documents and presentations.

Program Outline

To receive a Master of Science in Information Security degree, students must earn 30.0 graduate semester credit hours.  Transfer of graduate credits will be evaluated on a case by case basis.  Twenty-four program hours must be completed through BSU.  Program requirements are as follows:

Master of Science in Information Security Courses (30.0 credit hours)

Required Major Core Courses (30.0 credit hours)
Enterprise Information Systems Networks 3.0 credit hours
Database Systems and Security 3.0 credit hours
Software Engineering 3.0 credit hours
Secure Client Server Computing 3.0 credit hours
Cryptography 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Network Security 3.0 credit hours
Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems 3.0 credit hours
E-Discovery, Network and Computer Forensics 3.0 credit hours
Risk Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment 3.0 credit hours
Capstone Project Information Security 3.0 credit hours


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