The 33-credit online master's degree program in information sciences can be completed in as little as two years on a part-time basis.

The core course of study includes:

  • information technology
  • knowledge management
  • network management and security
  • web and Internet information retrieval

Courses specific to cybersecurity and information assurance include:

  • information security management
  • information security and assurance
  • intelligent agents and distributed decision making
  • multisensor data fusion

Up to 9 graduate credits may be transferred into the program from an accredited institution (as permitted by the Graduate School). At least 18 credits must be in courses at the 500 level.

Collaborative Learning

The online courses are interactive and collaborative, allowing you to build strong ties with other students and gain perspectives from other disciplines and industries. Maximum flexibility is maintained by the program in an effort to meet both the professional needs of individual students and academic quality standards.

Course List - Master of Professional Studies in Information Sciences - Cybersecurity and Information Assurance 

Core Courses (9 required credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Network Management and Security IST 554 Essential skills and knowledge for effectively utilizing networks and Internet technologies to facilitate, manage, and secure data communications and applications. 3 credits
Web Fundamentals IST 816 Practical treatment of fundamental web techniques. 3 credits
Knowledge Management IST 852 This course provides a foundation in knowledge management concepts and paradigms, emphasizing computational methodologies and tools for supporting data and knowledge management practices. 3 credits
Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (12 required credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Information Security Management IST 456 Contemporary Security Issues; security management processes, architecture and models; risk analysis and management; security planning, analysis and safeguards; security policies development and administration; contingency planning, incidence handling and response; and security standards and certification processes. 3 credits
Intelligent Agents and Distributed Decision Making IST 555 Distributed decision-making theories and agent-based technologies, models, and systems with applications in command and control, emergency, and resource management. 3 credits
Foundations of Information Security and Assurance IST 815 This course provides theoretical and applied foundations of information security and assurance. 3 credits
Introduction to Multisensor Data Fusion IST 885 Understanding the concepts, techniques, and issues surrounding the fusion of information from multiple sensors and sources of data. 3 credits
Electives (Choose only 9 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Enterprise Architecture Foundations I EA 871 Theoretical foundations and practice of enterprise architecture. 3 credits
Enterprise Architecture Foundations II EA 872 Develops additional capabilities for justifying enterprise architecture decision making.

Prerequisite: EA 871
3 credits
Enterprise Modeling EA 873 Theoretical foundations and practice of enterprise modeling.

Prerequisite: EA 871
3 credits
Web Security and Privacy IN SC 561 A web-centric look at the latest techniques and practices in computer security as they apply to the Internet.

Prerequisite: IST 815
3 credits
Network Security IST 451 Fundamental issues and concepts of network security, network security technologies and protocols, and emerging technologies in network security. 3 credits
Computer and Cyber Forensics IST 454 Fundamental issues and concepts of computer forensics; aspects of computer and cyber crime; methods to uncover, protect, exploit, and document digital evidence; tools, techniques, and procedures to perform computer and cyber crime investigation. 3 credits
Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management IST 564 This course examines the fundamental elements of crisis, disaster, risk, and emergency management. 3 credits
Cybersecurity Analytics IST 820

Provides theoretical and applied foundations of fundamentals of network security, data sources, data collection techniques and tools, cybersecurity analytics infrastructure, machine learning and data mining, network forensics, anomaly and malware detection, security data visualization, and security dashboard design and implementation.

Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that students complete IST 815 and IST 554 before taking this course.

Note: IST 554 may be taken concurrently with IST 820.

3 credits
Topics in Visual Analytics for Security Intelligence IST 868 Introduce visual analytic techniques for security informatics and intelligence. Survey technical approaches for data analysis, threats and vulnerability, communicating risk

Prerequisite: IST 816 or IST 554 
3 credits
Capstone Experience (3 required credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Research Paper or Project IST 594 In this project all students in the program are required to focus on a well-defined issue or problem relevant to information sciences and technology. Each student will submit a project proposal to his/her faculty adviser for approval.

NoteIST 594 must be scheduled over the final two semesters in a 2-credit/1-credit consecutive sequence for a total of 3 credits
3 credits


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