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MS in Information Technology - Information Security and Assurance

Students of Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Information Security and Assurance program have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of network security, such as threat prevention and computer forensics analysis. Learn more about this online program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Information Security and Assurance

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

It could be helpful for students seeking to enter the MS in Information Technology - Information Security and Assurance to have taken undergraduate courses in programming, database management, and network security. Applicants to Purdue University Global's graduate programs should already have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

In the Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Information Security and Assurance at Purdue University Global, students have the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge of network security prevention and testing processes. Concentration courses discuss viruses, malware, firewalls, threat scanning, hacking, and digital forensics investigations. In the core curriculum, students can take courses addressing the design and analysis of systems and databases as well as programming, IT project management, and legal/ethical issues in IT. A core course in information security management covers regulations, risk assessment, and network security tools.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

60 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Information Security and Assurance:

In order to complete this program, students must take 40 credits in core coursework, three concentration courses, and two IT electives. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (40 credits)

  • Managing Information Technology in a Business Environment
  • System Analysis and Design
  • Information Systems Project Management
  • Writing and Critical Thinking for the IT Professional
  • Database Design and Data Modeling
  • SQL Query Design
  • Computer Networks
  • Management of Information Security
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in IT
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Master's-Level Information Technology Internship I & II
    • Master's Capstone in Information Technology

Information Security and Assurance Concentration Courses (20 credits)

  • Computer and Network Security
  • Ethical Hacking and Network Defense
  • Computer Forensics and Investigations
  • Two IT electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of the MS in Information Technology - Information Security and Assurance program could apply the knowledge of network security processes, tools, and methodologies they might have developed in the program to managerial positions in IT departments. They could oversee areas of security software implementation, wireless network security, and penetration testing processes.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Network security manager
  • Information assurance specialist
  • Information security analyst
  • Computer systems administrator

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