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M.S. in Information Systems Technology

The Santee Cooper Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (MSIST) program with a concentration in security and analytics prepares 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.

This program is 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.

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

Student Learning Outcomes

After graduating from the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Engage with the information systems technology professional or academic communities through superior communication, analytical, technical and critical thinking skills.
  2. Explore and extend creative use of emerging information systems technologies in a secure manner.
  3. Analyze, evaluate, design, and implement information services to communicate actionable insights from a vast quantity and variety of data.
  4. Critically evaluate and manage information security policies, principles, processes, services and technologies to manage risks and security threats for ensuring a secure information system technology infrastructure.

Contact Information

Sathish A.P. Kumar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, MSIST Curriculum Committee Chair 

Jean French, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chair