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M.S. 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

The Master of Science in Information Systems Technology with a Concentration in Security and Analytics requires:

  1. Successful completion of an approved program of study with a minimum of 33 graduate credit hours.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) on all coursework.
  3. A maximum of two (2) classes may be completed below the grade of “B” before dismissal from the program.
  4. If a student has chosen the thesis option, completion, presentation, and successful defense of a thesis or completion of a project(s) followed by an oral presentation and written report summarizing the project experience.
  5. All work applied toward the degree must be earned in the six (6) years immediately preceding the completion of the graduate program.

Admission to Study/Graduate Applications
Applications for graduate study should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies at Coastal Carolina University.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Engage with the IST (information systems technology) professional or academic communities through superior communication and leadership skills to contribute to the knowledge bases of the fields such as information security/data analytics.
  • Apply analytical, critical thinking, and technical skills to a domain of work in the IST field such as information security and data analytics.
  • Explore and extend creative use of emerging information system technologies in a secure manner.
  • Analyze, evaluate, design, and implement information services to enhance the value of information in a variety of professional and academic settings.
  • Derive and effectively communicate actionable insights from a vast quantity and a variety of data.
  • Critically evaluate and manage information security policies, principles, processes, services and technologies to manage risks and security threats when applied to different IST settings.
  • Critically evaluate current state IST infrastructure and architect, design, and implement solutions to ensure a secure IST infrastructure.

Jean French, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chair
Academic Office and Classrom 2 (AOC2) 232

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