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.

This 100% 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

  • The MSIST program is fully online and designed for working professionals.
  • Graduate courses are scheduled by cohort (starting each fall) and students take classes in sequence according to the schedule.  Taking courses outside of the cohort schedule may result in a gap semester requiring the student to apply for re-admittance.
  • To register for sections, please go Self Service.
  • Textbook requirements are linked directly from Self Services when you search for classes.
  • All general, official communication will be via the student's CCU email.
  • Students generally access their courses via Moodle, CCU's main Learning Management System. 
    • While most faculty use Moodle, this is not the only option for online course delivery.  If the instructor opts to use another system, information will be provided directly from the instructor.  
    • Students do not have access to courses at the time of registration. 
    • Courses are accessible during the active semester.
  • The courses listed in the catalog are subject to change based on faculty availability and enrollment.
  • Students should contact their academic advisor for assistance.

Student Plan 

See the Academic Calendar for specific semester dates.  The dates below are approximate.

Year 1
Fall I (~Aug - Oct) CORE 1 of 5 IST-600 Data-Driven Programming
Fall II (~Oct - Dec) CORE 2 of 5 IST-660 Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
Spring I (~Jan - Mar) CORE 3 of 5 IST-610 Networking and Cybersecurity
Spring II (~Mar - May) CORE 4 of 5 IST-670 Data Management and Analytics
Maymester (~May) Security 1 of 2 Course TBA
Summer I (~Jun - Jul) CORE 5 of 5 CORE IST-650 Information Systems Technology in Context
Summer II (~Jul - Aug) Data Analytics 1 of 2 Course TBA
Year 2
Fall I (~Aug - Oct) Data Analytics 2 of 2 Course TBA
Fall II (~Oct - Dec) Security 2 of 2 Course TBA
Spring I (~Jan - Mar) Capstone 1 of 2 Capstone IST 659, 669, or 679
Spring II (~Mar - May) Capstone 2 of 2 Capstone IST 659, 669, or 679
May Commencement  

Jean French, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chair