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 prepares future leaders through a critical examination of both academic and practical applications of various segments of the information security and data analytics industry, including:

  • Cybersecurity and Information Security
  • Big Data and Analytics
  • Threat Modeling

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 under two years. Apply by June 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

Schedule & Registration

  • MSIST cohorts start each fall semester.
  • To register for sections, please go to WebAdvisor.  For information on using WebAdvisor, see WebAdvisor for Students.
  • Textbook requirements are linked directly from Webadvisor when you search for classes (it will be included in the class description section when you click on a class).
  • To access your course, go to Moodle, our Learning Management System. 
SemesterOdd Cohort Yr 2Even Cohort Year 1Odd Cohort Yr 1
Fa1 - Even Data Elective 2 CORE IST-600  
Fa2 - Even Security Elective 2 CORE IST-660
Sp1 - Odd Capstone IST 659 or 679 CORE IST-610
Sp2 - Odd Capstone IST 659 or 669 CORE IST-670
May - Odd   Security Elective 1
Su1 - Odd CORE IST-650
Su2 - Odd Data Elective 1
Fa1 - Odd Data Elective 2 CORE IST-600
Fa2 - Odd Security Elective 2 CORE IST-660
Sp1 - Even Capstone IST 659 or 679 CORE IST-610
Sp2 - Even Capstone IST 659 or 669 CORE IST-670
May - Even   Security Elective 1
Su1 - Even CORE IST-650
Su2 - Even Data Elective 1

Sample Courses

  • Threat Modeling
  • Cloud Computing Security
  • Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Secure Networking
  • Data-driven Programming

Jean French, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chair