The Master of Science in Information Security (MSIS) is ideally suited for computer science and electrical engineering students seeking leadership positions in the information security arena. It enhances a technical education in computer systems and security with research/development opportunities. Students have the flexibility to take additional courses in areas complementary to security. By cultivating expertise in securing data, networks, systems and services, the program prepares students to excel in a variety of roles in the security and privacy fields. Graduates may pursue doctoral degrees or obtain positions as security experts equipped to manage emerging complexities associated with securing data, networks and systems. The 144 units of the INI's graduate programs are traditionally completed over the course of two academic years. Options for accelerating this schedule may be available. All students are required to successfully complete an INI- approved internship.

This graduate degree program meets the criteria for the NSF-funded CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service Program (SFS). Upon admission to the INI, U.S. citizens may be eligible for a full scholarship and stipend from the federal government. View the SFS Alumni Profiles.

Looking for the MSISTM? You have found the right place. The MSIS was previously called the Master of Science in Information Security Technology and Management, or MSISTM. The program now goes by the shorter name, as of the 2014 fall semester. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from this program gain:

  • An ability to explain the information security challenges in networks and software systems
  • An ability to perform risk assessment and management of development, acquisition and evolution of secure infrastructure
  • An ability to design and implement networked, software and distributed systems with information security in mind
  • An ability to explain the technical, business, management, policy aspects of information security

MSIS Academic Advisor

Limin Jia

Limin Jia

Assistant Research Professor

Office: 2216, Collaborative Innovation Center
Telephone: (412) 268-4605

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