Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) Degree with a Specialization in Information Assurance and Security

Online Cybersecurity Master's

Today’s business needs strong leaders in the IT security realm. An online Cybersecurity Master's Degree can help you deepen your knowledge of information assurance and security and work to develop managerial skills to help you prepare to lead departments, teams and IT security projects.

Next Start Date:
January 26, 2022
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Online, Houston
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Online Cybersecurity Master's Program Details

Online Cybersecurity Master's Degree Program Outline

The Master's Degree in Cybersecurity is designed for students looking to pursue leadership roles in the fields of digital security, information collection and preservation, and security system creation.

This one-year master’s program is designed to help students develop, industry-relevant business knowledge they may be looking for to help them prepare for the next step in their career path.

In this specialized curriculum, you can study the skills needed to protect an organization’s information assets. The important areas covered include threats and vulnerabilities, cryptography, authentication and access control, security models, network security, trusted computer systems, distributed-systems security, World Wide Web security, applications security, information-systems audit, and security management and policies.

Online cybersecurity Master's degree courses can help you learn how to:

  • Identify the physical and logical threats and vulnerabilities present in new and an existing information system infrastructure
  • Identify relevant security technologies and techniques needed to secure an information infrastructure.
  • Implement technical and administrative control measures to protect information assets and comply with regulatory standards
  • Conduct an analysis of an existing and new information systems infrastructure
  • Conduct information systems audit

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Cybersecurity Master's Degree Courses

Degree Requirements


Program Core
ITCO610 Principles of Information Systems 6
ITCO620 Object-Oriented Applications 6
ITCO630 Database System Design and Implementation 6
ITCO650 Enterprise Networks 6
Total Credit Hours: 24
Information Assurance and Security
ITAS661 Principles of Information Security 6
ITAS663 Applied Cryptography and Network Security 6
ITAS665 Legal Issues in Information Security and Incident Response 6
ITAS669 IT Auditing and Security Risk Management 6
Total Credit Hours: 24

Total Credit Hours : 48

Cybersecurity Master's Degree Classes Overview

In this industry-focused curriculum, you’ll have an opportunity to learn how to use secure protocols over networked systems using cryptography. You can also explore current issues in network security and apply security concepts. Courses focus on technical topics as well as privacy and policy issues.

For an Online Cyber Security Master's Degree, your classes may include:

Principles of Information Systems

In this course students examine management skills as they relate to the information technology industry, taking into account the relationship between networking, databases, and programming.

Principles of Information Security

This course covers information security technologies as applied to operating systems, database management systems, and computer networks. The three major goals of information security, confidentiality, integrity and availability, are introduced. Threats, vulnerability, exposure, risks, identity management, incidents response, the state machine model and disaster recovery are also covered.

Applied Cryptography and Network Security

In this course, students have the opportunity to learn to apply secure protocols over networked systems using cryptography. Symmetric and asymmetric encryption is covered. Other topics that are also covered include one way function, hash, cryptography arithmetic, public key infrastructure, Digital Signature Algorithm and Internet security issues.

Legal Issues in Information Security and Incident Response

In this course, students explore current issues in network security and apply security concepts. The class focuses on technical topics as well as privacy and policy issues. Computer crimes, evidence presentation, chain of custody and introduction to the United States criminal justice system are also covered.

IT Auditing and Security Risk Management

The course covers information systems control, application audit, security threats, security risk types, computer attacks, countermeasures, and risk management. Risk assessment methodologies, certification, accreditation, information systems auditing and metrics for measuring an organization's information security program are also covered in this course.

Object-Oriented Applications

During this course students have the opportunity to analyze and apply the fundamentals of object-oriented application development.

Database System Design and Implementation

In this course students will focus on the design and implementation of a relational database management system, including concepts such as data extraction and data manipulation.

Enterprise Networks

In this course students examine computer networking concepts, which enable them to translate business objectives into a physical network design. Students will be expected to collect and analyze appropriate information to make context-appropriate, network-related, business decisions.

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