Master of Science in Information Security

The Master of Science in Information Security program, offered by the College of Information Technology, is designed to develop expertise in leadership and operations in the area of information security. The program is geared towards meeting the growing need for information technology specialists in information security. The program provides graduates with depth courses designed to enhance their skill set and knowledge in information security as well as breadth information technology courses. The program provides the needed technical and managerial expertise to plan, acquire, operate, manage and evaluate an organization's information security system of operations. Students enrolled in this program are expected to pursue a plan of study to assure professional competence and breadth of knowledge in the field of information security. The emphasis of this specialization is on applying proven and innovative practices for building industry-standard secure systems, applications and networks. This program is for highly motivated groups of working professionals and recent Bachelor's degree graduates. The program is designed to impart knowledge and develop the skills needed to meet current and future information security needs of the government and corporate organizations, as well as preparing students to pursue a Ph.D. in information security or related areas.

Program Objectives

  • Identify and effectively use techniques and tools necessary in information security practice;
  • Develop project management and leadership skills to secure enterprise IT architectures;
  • Apply security principles, legal and ethical responsibilities to the development, and deployment of information security policies;
  • Improve skills and expand knowledge for life-long learning and professional growth;
  • Comply with international information security standard and local regulatory policies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply information security knowledge and effective security strategies and standards.
  • Design effective security solutions based on given requirements.
  • Evaluate in depth enterprise security systems.
  • Execute ethically project work or research that contributes significantly to the information security discipline.
  • Demonstrate advanced oral and written communication skills individually and collectively.
  • Analyze critically emerging information security concepts, models, techniques, and solutions.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 30 hours

College of Information Technology

Required Courses (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ITCO601Current Emerging Trends in Information Technology3.000
ITCO602Management and Leadership in Information Technology3.000
ITCO603System Analysis, Modeling & Design3.000


Information Security

Required Courses (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SECB621Information Security Fundamentals3.000
SECB622Advanced Network Security3.000
SECB623Cryptography and Secure Communications3.000
SECB624Software Security3.000

Elective Courses - 3CH for Thesis option and 6CH Non-Thesis option (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ECBP614Mobile Commerce3.000
SECB626Secure Electronic Commerce3.000
SECB627Ethics, Law and Policy in Cyberspace3.000
SECB628Computer Crimes and Forensics3.000
ITPG698Special Topics in Information Technology3.000


Project or Thesis

Required Course (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ITPG690Practicum Project  13.000
1 : Required for Non-Thesis