Program Overview

M.S. in Information Security

Much of this information is located at the program's main site, but we wanted to put some of the more frequently requested topics here.

About the M.S.

The M.S. in Information Security enables students to focus more on managerial or technical components. However all students take a selection of management and technical courses in order to understand the many facets of Information Security.

An undergraduate degree in computer science, information systems, or other technical degrees is not required. However, we do recommend experience in a technical field. We consider each student application individually. That means we have students with technical undergraduate degrees, as well as students who have degrees in the fine arts and humanities, but have been working in a technical field.

The thirty-credit M.S. degree is completely online and can be completed in as little as 20 months. Students take two (2) 7.5. week three-credit courses each Fall and Spring semesters and usually take one (1) course during the Summer I semester. Currently, we do not offer Summer II courses, but that can change with student demand.

Cross-College Degree

The M.S. in Information Security is comprised of courses from both the Computer Information Systems (CIS) program in the Haworth College of Business and the Computer Science (CS) program in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

As such, students do need to decide when applying which program to which they would like to be admitted. Students wanted to take more managerial classes should apply to the CIS program and those students wanted to take more technical classes should apply to the CS program.

More on each of the programs can be found in the Graduate Catalog:

Graduate Certificate

For those not sure if they are ready to pursue a M.S. degree, we also offer a Graduate Certificate in Information Security. This allows students to focus on either Information Security Management or Secure Software and Engineering.

All Graduate Certificate courses transfer directly into the M.S. in Information Security.

Ready to Apply?

Start your application at the Graduate College.


If you have questions about the program, please contact one of the Co-Directors: