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Master of Science in Information Systems Technology

Information Security and Data Analytics Concentrations

This program will be designed to allow a student with a bachelor's degree in a related field to complete this online master's degree at CCU with 33 graduate credit hours in approximately 24 months. It will prepare graduates to design, evaluate, and implement secure technology systems and infrastructure.

The M.S. in Information Systems Technology (IST) with Concentration in Security and Analytics is to prepare future leaders in the areas of information security and data analytics through critical examination of both academic and practical applications of various segments of the information security and data analytics industry. The faculty seek to challenge, cultivate, and engage students into becoming knowledgeable and skilled information security and data analytics professionals.

Admissions Requirements

Admission Prerequisites:
Non-CS/IS/IT Undergraduates (UG) require course credit, or CCU equivalent, in the following:

  1. Computer Networks or Information Security
  2. Programming or Web Development
  3. Database Design or SQL Development
  4. Elementary or Business Statistics

Students may come from other Science/Math/Business majors, perhaps with a minor in CS/IS/IT, or they may have related work experience. If the prospective student does not have the above UG credits, but all other admission criteria are satisfactory, then the student can be accepted on aprobationary basis that the student must obtain UG credits with grades of 'B' or better in the above mentioned courses prior to taking any graduate coursework for the program.

Application Requirements (in addition to the standard admission requirements):

  1. Completion of application form and payment of application fee.
  2. A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or the equivalent at a foreign institution based on a four-year degree with 3.0 GPA or higher.
  3. Official transcripts from each school or college previously attended.
  4. International students whose native language is not English must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of at least 575 (paper-based test) or 89 (internet- based test) on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS with no subscore lower than 5.0 on the IELTS, or, students may complete the ELS Centers level 112 English language training program. Must match application and international standards, as well as SACS requirements.
  5. Submission of two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the academic ability, level of responsibility, and work ethic of the applicant.
  6. Resume/Vitae.
  7. A written statement of educational and career goals, how this degree will fulfill those goals, and the area of interest while completing this degree.

 Provisional Admission

Applicants may receive provisional admission to the MSIST program if they do not meet the stated admission requirements and are entering the University for the first time or are returning to the University after an extended absence.  Students who are provisionally admitted are limited to 12 credit hours of graduate course work towards the degree program.

Removal of Provisional Status

To remove provisional status the student must, withing the first two academic semesters (either Fall, Spring, or Spring, Fall):

  1. Earn a B or better in two core courses;
  2. Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all graduate courses taken;
  3. Earn a B or better in all undergraduate prerequisites required as specified in the provisional acceptance letter.

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Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The curriculum is divided into core coursework, elective coursework and a capstone experience. These courses ensure students apply state of art concepts, methods, policies, techniques, and tools for the problems, projects and case studies that closely resemble industry issues.

Core Curriculum -- 15 Credits

IST 650
Information Systems Technology in Context (3)
IST 660
Intro to Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (3)
IST 661
Security Policy and Risk Assessment (3)
IST 670
Data Management and Analytics (3)
IST 671
Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (3)

Electives (aligned with career goal) -- 12 Credits

Information Security (Choose two -- 6 Credits) Data Analytics (Choose two -- 6 Credits)
IST 665             Secure Networking (3)
IST 675            Semantic Web Technologies (3)
IST 666             Secure Software Development (3)
IST 676            Data Fusion (3)
IST 667             Intelligence and Security Analysis (3)
IST 677            Data Visualization (3)
 
IST 678            Business Intelligence & Analytics (3)
CSCI 534          Digital Forensics (3)
CSCI 575         Decision Support Systems (3)

Capstone (Research Thesis or Special Topics Electives or Project Work) -- 6 Credits

Choose one of the following:

Option 1:
IST 799
Research Thesis (6)
 
 
 
Option 2:
Choose two
 
 
IST 659
Sp. Topics in Information Systems Technology - Security Patterns (3)
 
IST 669
Sp. Topics in Information Security - Secure Cloud Computing (3)
 
IST 679
Sp. Topics in Data Analytics - Big Data Analytics (3)

Graduate Program Course Descriptions

Career Paths

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2013) report, overall expected national growth for the information security and the data analytics/scientist-related occupations will be about 25 percent over the next decade. Students graduating from the program will be prepared to fulfill the following:

  • Information Security Architect
  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Chief Data Officer
  • IT Security Analyst/Consultant
  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
  • ETL Engineer/Developer
  • Data Warehouse  Specialist/ BI Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Database/Data Architect
  • Data Scientist
  • Information Security/Cybersecurity Manager