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Master Science in Information and Cybersecurity

Hardly a day goes by when we don't hear about the computer hacking of bank records, business databases, government information, and more, has caused untold damage to our economy and security.

 

 

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In the Information and Cybersecurity (MSIC) program at ITU, you’ll benefit from a graduate education that goes beyond the typical cybersecurity program so you’re prepared to combat this global problem. Topics you’ll explore include network security, risk and data management, preventative measures, computer ethics, digital signatures, and cryptography.

Once you graduate, you’ll have the technical skills, experience, and knowledge to develop solutions from the ground up, making you into an in-demand cybersecurity professional in Silicon Valley and beyond.

Master Science in Information and Cybersecurity

Curriculum, Program Structure, and Admissions Requirements

Curriculum

The Information & Cybersecurity program curriculum consists of 4 required (core) courses, a Capstone Project, an Internship, and a sufficient number of elective courses to complete the 36 credits required to earn your degree. The internship courses must be chosen by students who are on Curricular Practical Training. Only one internship course is allowed per trimester.

Program Structure

Required Courses

  • 4 Core Courses: 12 Credit Hours
  • 1 Capstone Course: Project or Thesis: Up to 3 credit hours (counts as Elective)
  • Internship: 1 Credit Hour

 

Elective Courses: 11-20 Credit Hours

  • Elective Courses: 11-20 Credit Hours
  • Cross-Disciplinary Course: Up to 3 credit hours (counts as Elective)
  • Transfer Credits:: Up to 9 credit hours (counts as Elective)

36 Total Credit Hours

 

Core Courses

  • ICS 501 Introduction to Cyber Security
  • ICS 502 Cyber Attack Countermeasures
  • ICS 601 Advanced Cyber Security
  • ICS 680 Theory of Cryptographic Systems

 

Capstone Course or Thesis

  • ICS 690 Capstone Project
  • ICS 695 Master’s Thesis

 

Internship

  • INT592 (GRN 900F-2) Internship Preparation (2)
  • INT593 (GRN 900P-1) Internship part-time (1), full time (3)

 

Electives

Choose from the following elective courses listed below. Courses that are not listed below cannot be taken for credit in the MSICS program.

 

  • AMS 510 Linear Algebra (3)
  • AMS 540 Discrete Mathematics (3)
  • AMS 750 Abstract Algebra (3)
  • AMS 760 Practical Number Theory (3)
  • CEN566 Routing in Computer Networks (3)
  • CSC505 The UNIX/Linux OS (3)
  • CSC507 Unix/Linux System Administration (3)
  • CSC509 Windows Administration (3)
  • CSC511 OO Programming with C++ (3)
  • CSC512 Data Structures (3)
  • CSC515 I-Phone Application Development (3)
  • CSC518 OO Programming with Java (3)
  • CSC519 Android Application Development (3)
  • CSC520 Python Programming (3)
  • CSC527 Mobile Web Development (3)
  • CSC570 Web Security Fundamentals (3)
  • CSC580 Computer Algorithms (3)
  • CSC633 Machine Learning (3)
  • CSC670 Network and Data Security (3)
  • CSC730 Cryptography & Cryptanalysis (3)
  • CSC750 Coding Theory (3)
  • CSC760 Advanced Topics in Data Science (3)
  • ICS550 Security Policies (3)
  • ICS520 Personal Computer Security (3)
  • ICS620 Computer Malware (3)
  • ICS630 Digital Forensics Technology (3)
  • ICS688 Special Topics (3)
  • SWE510 Information Security Countermeasures (3)
  • SWE520 Principles of Ethical Hacking (3)
  • SWE530 Cloud Computing Security (3)
  • SWE561 Cloud Computing (3)

For more information on program requirements and course, descriptions click here.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75, or a Master’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination: score of 72 or better for the internet-based test (iBT). All applicants whose native language is not English and who did not receive either a bachelor’s or graduate degree from an English-speaking institution must take an English proficiency test.*
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination: band score of 6.0 or better for the academic module. Demonstrated commitment to contribute to and complete the program

 

*U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. are waived from this requirement. 

Master Science in Information and Cybersecurity

Who Should Apply, What You Will Learn, and Program Learning Outcomes

Who Should Apply

ITU’s Information & Cybersecurity program is designed for students who want to acquire in-demand technology skills while learning in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment in Silicon Valley.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to secure organizations’ on-premise and cloud-based computing resources.
  • Demonstrate in depth knowledge of IS techniques to provide leadership for effective solutions to security problems.
  • Have sound knowledge of IS techniques that play a role in organizational processes and decision making.
  • Communicate effectively risk management issues and their impacts to a variety of audiences.
  • Understand the legal and appreciate the ethical importance of ICS for individuals as well as organizations.
  • Business enabler in organizations such as finance, insurance, healthcare, e-commerce, and mail services.
  • Work as security expert in federal agencies for whom cyber security is of highest importance such as DOD, DHS, and FBI.