M.S. Information Systems Technology - Coastal Carolina University
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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 through critical examination of both academic and practical applications of various segments of the information security and data analytics industry, including:

  • Cybersecurity and Information Security
  • Machine Learningand Data Mining
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Vulnerability and Risk Assessment

This 100 percent online program is designed to allow a student with a bachelor's degree in a related field to complete the MSIST program with 33 graduate credit hours in approximately 24 months. To have your application fee waived, apply by Oct. 15 for spring admission or May 15 for fall admission. Apply now »

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, national employment growth for information security and data analytics-related occupations will increase by approximately 25 percent over the next decade (2018-2028).

Career Paths

The MSIST program develops the technical, analytical, critical thinking and communication skills IT professionals need to secure infrastructure and communicate actionable insights from a vast quantity and variety of data in an increasingly complex environment. Our program is an advanced professional degree designed to prepare students for versatile and challenging careers. Graduates of the MSIST program will be prepared for the following positions:

  • Information security architect
  • Cybersecurity engineer
  • Chief information security officer
  • Information security/cybersecurity manager
  • IT security analyst/consultant
  • Computer and information research scientists
  • ETL engineer/developer
  • Data warehouse specialist/BI specialist
  • Chief data officer
  • Database administrator
  • Database/data architect
  • Data scientist
  • Chief analytics officer

Meet the MSIST Faculty

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
  • Secure Cloud Computing  
  • Digital Forensics
  • Threat Modeling
  • Secure Software Development
  • Data Management and Analytics
  • Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery   
  • Machine Learning and Deep Learning
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics   
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Information Systems Technology in Context

Jean French, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chair