The Master of Science in Information Security (MSIS) is a 16- or 20-month program 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.

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 Objectives

Through this program, you strive to:

  • Gain a detailed understanding of the interdisciplinary aspects (technical, business, management, policy) of information security
  • Assess the information security risks faced by an organization
  • Manage the development, acquisition and evolution of a secure information infrastructure
  • Gain expertise in both theory and practice of information security
  • Acquire a detailed understanding of information security challenges in networks and software systems
  • Design and implement networked, software and distributed systems with information security in mind
  • Gain expertise to manage the growing complexities associated with securing data and networks
  • Equip yourself with skills to assume a leadership position in 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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