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College of Engineering and Computing


M.S.I.S - Information Security

The MSIS degree requires 30 credit hours beyond the BS. Students in the MSIS program may elect either the thesis or the non-thesis option. See the Bulletin Listing for degree requirements.

The required core courses for the M.S.I.S are:

  • CSCE 522 - Information Security Principles
  • CSCE 548 - Building Secure Software
  • CSCE 715 - Network Systems Security

The Focus Area (9 Hours from the following):

  • CSCE 517 - Computer Crime and Forensics
  • CSCE 557 - Introduction to Cryptography
  • CSCE 719 - Security and Privacy for Wireless Networks
  • CSCE 727 - Information Warefare
  • CSCE 747 - Software Testing and Quality Assurance
  • CSCE 813 - Internet Security
  • CSCE 824 - Secure Database Systems
  • CSCE 846 - Software Reliability and Safety

Electives (12 Hours):

A maximum of six hours in non-CSCE courses and at most three hours of CSCE 798 may be applied toward the degree. CSCE 797 may not be applied toward the degree.

Thesis Option:

Students who choose the thesis option may substitute 6 hours of thesis preparation (CSCE 799) for electives. In addition, students must complete at least 12 hours in CSCE courses numbered 700 and above, and defend the thesis in a public presentation.

Non-Thesis Option:

Students who choose the non-thesis option must complete at least 15 hours in CSCE courses numbered 700 and above, and pass a written comprehensive examination offered at the end of Fall and Spring semesters.