Master's Degree Curriculum

Master's Degree Curriculum

The Master of Science Degree in Information Security Engineering

This program will prepare students to head teams of technologists who are responsible for information security assessments, architectures, operations, monitoring, auditing, and lead information security programs. Graduates will be qualified to seek positions such as technical director for information security, senior security analyst, senior security administrator, information systems security manager, information systems security officer, information security manager, and chief information security officer. The program focuses primarily on the technical and problem-solving skills associated with security implementation, but adds instruction on project management and effective communications to help graduates prepare to take responsibility for the work of other technologists. All of the courses below except the electives include writing assignments called GIAC Gold. More information about GIAC Gold can be found at

MISE Core, mandatory courses

Previous Mandatory Courses: 1.0

Course Credits
SEC 401: Security Essentials 4
MGT 524: Security Policy and Awareness 2
SEC 503: Intrusion Detection in Depth 4
SEC 504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling 4
MGT 525: Project Management and Effective Communications for Security Professionals and Managers 3
OPTIONAL: Project Management Institute Certification completion constitutes an additional credit hour
MGT 421/422: Leadership Tools 1
Community project requirements must also be completed 3
Electives: Any two 500 or 600 level GIAC Silver, with SEC 508 Forensics strongly recommended. 6
Total: 27 credit hours