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Master of Professional Studies in
Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations


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

The core course of study includes:

  • information technology
  • cybersecurity
  • network management and security

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 or 800 level, with at least 6 credits at the 500 level. 

Please note that as per the Graduate School transfer credit policy, credits that have been applied toward the degree requirements for a previous degree, whether at Penn State or elsewhere, may not be applied to degree requirements for a graduate degree at Penn State. 

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 Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations 

Required Courses (18 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Foundations of Software Security IST 543 This course teaches the principles and practice of software security. The course gives an overview of the foundations of computation models and languages. 3 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
Foundations of Information Security and Assurance IST 815 This course provides theoretical and applied foundations of information security and assurance. 3 credits
Cybersecurity Analytics IST 820 This course 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. 3 credits
Foundations of Web and E-Commerce Application Security IST 825 This course provides an overview of techniques to assess and ensure the security of web applications and services that drive modern e-commerce transactions. 3 credits
Cybersecurity Project Management IST 830 This course provides students with the principles of project management and knowledge of the project management skills and processes needed to select, initiate, and plan a project. 3 credits
Electives (Choose only 12 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Emerging Issues and Technologies IST 402 Introduction to emerging issues, technology forecasting and analysis; overview of emerging issues and leading technologies in IST and how they impact information systems, users, the IT labor force and society. 3 credits
Fundamentals of Systems and Enterprise Integration IST 420 Introductory course on integration of information technology into different venues, including the planning, development, and implementation of the integration. 3 credits
Advanced Enterprise Integration: Technologies and Applications IST 421 Advanced course on the integration of information technology into systems applications. 3 credits
Legal and Regulatory Environment of Information Sciences IST 432 Legal environment of information technology, constitutional/political issues, intellectual property, management, e-commerce, privacy, access, computer contracting, cyberspace regulation. 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
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
Web Security and Privacy INSC 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
Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management IST 564 This course examines the fundamental elements of crisis, disaster, risk, and emergency management. 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
Enterprise Architecture Foundations I EA 871 Theoretical foundations and practice of enterprise architecture. 3 credits
Enterprise Modeling EA 873 Theoretical foundations and practice of enterprise modeling.

Prerequisite: EA 871
3 credits
Enterprise Information Technology Architecture EA 874 This course is intended to provide an exposure to the foundational concepts associated with each of the three primary layers of the enterprise information technology architecture stack: the enterprise applications architecture, the enterprise data architecture, and the enterprise technology infrastructure architecture.

Prerequisite: EA 871
3 credits
Architecting Enterprise Security and Risk Analysis EA 876 Analytical skills to produce credible, meaningful answers to critical risk management questions across enterprise architecture layers, including the supply chain.

Prerequisite: EA 871
3 credits
Culminating Experience (3 required credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Research Paper or Project

IST 594
IST 894

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.

Note: 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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