School and Ranking Information
Many of the schools found in the Long Beach, CA, area that offer information systems security are for-profit institutions. Based on ranking, student population and student-to-faculty ratio, the following university is considered a top school in the Long Beach area for degree programs in information systems security:
- Winner: The University of Southern California is the largest school in terms of student enrollment in or within 25 miles of Long Beach that offers studies in information systems security. The school also has the lowest student-to-faculty ratio of any postsecondary institution in the area with these types of programs. Information systems security studies at this university are offered at the master's level.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Southern California|
|Ranking|| #25 (tie) Best National Universities (2015),
#1 Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (2015)*
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition (2013-2014)||Graduate: $36,864**|
|Information Systems Security Degrees Offered||Master's|
|Information Systems Security Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||5**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||91%**|
|Noteworthy||The university's Viterbi School of Engineering contains the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), the first-ever university-based research center funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security***|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator; University of Southern California
University of Southern California
- 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Programs available in campus-based and online formats
- School of Engineering offers 14 research centers and institutes, including CREATE and the Information Sciences Institute
The University of Southern California (USC) is located in Los Angeles, approximately 14 miles from Long Beach. The university enrolls more than 40,000 students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. USC's Viterbi School of Engineering has proven to be a pioneer in a variety of technological realms, including homeland security, and enrolls approximately 2,400 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students.
An advanced graduate program developed in direct response to the demand for greater information security in both industry and government, the Master of Science in Computer Science with Specialization in Computer Security program emphasizes extensive research into security threats and the solutions to prevent them. Points of focus within the curriculum include in-depth statistical analysis, cryptography and advanced computer architecture.
In the Master of Science in Systems Architecting and Engineering, students are equipped with the tools and knowledge to construct, observe and maintain complex computer systems. The implications of such studies can be applied to communication networks, navigation systems, defense systems and much more. Several specialization tracks are offered, including software process architecture and systems.