Top Ranked Information Systems Security Degree Program - Columbia, SC

School and Ranking Information

In Columbia, SC, the majority of the schools that offer degrees in information systems security are private, for-profit institutions. Based on rankings, number of programs available, and the student-to-faculty ratio, the following school was picked as the top choice for information systems security.

  • Winner: Home to more than 29,000 students, the University of South Carolina is a public research university in the heart of Columbia, SC. The school's College of Engineering and Computing offers an undergraduate program in computer information systems and a graduate certificate program in cybersecurity.

School Info Chart

Category University of South Carolina
Rankings #113 in National Universities (2015); #55 in Top Public Schools (2015)*
Location Columbia, SC
School Type 4-year; public
Tuition & Fees (2014-2015) Undergrad: $11,158 (in-state); $29,440 (out-of-state)*
Computer Information Sciences Degrees Offered Bachelor's
Computer Information Sciences Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 53**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 73%**
Noteworthy Undergraduate program is accredited by ABET***

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina

  • Students who major in computer information systems must minor in business information management
  • The bachelor's program is focused on providing students with practical, business-geared information and skills
  • The cybersecurity specialization is evaluated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS)

Founded in 1801, the University of South Carolina boasts an 11-building campus on 444 acres. The university now offers more than 320 degree programs through its 14 schools and colleges and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

USC's College of Engineering and Computing provides the undergraduate program in computer information systems. Students focusing their studies on information security have access to the university's new Center for Information Assurance Engineering, which features resources and training material certified by the NSA.

The computer information systems bachelor's program covers such topics as systems development, principles of information security and comprehensive database analysis. The specialization in cybersecurity: information assurance requires students to complete 9 hours of additional coursework. The program covers foundational computer security, cryptography, and computer crime and forensics. Extensive research opportunities exist beyond the standard coursework through the Information Security Lab. A graduate certificate in cybersecurity is available as well.

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