Master's Degree Curriculum

Master's Degree Curriculum

The Master of Science Degree in Information Security Engineering

This MSISE 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 or Written Assignment. More information about GIAC Gold can be found at

MSISE Core, mandatory courses

Previous Mandatory Course: 1.4 August 10, 2007 - May 21, 2008
Previous Mandatory Course: 1.3 March 1, 2007 - August 9, 2007
Previous Mandatory Course: 1.2 October 4, 2006 - February 28, 2007
Previous Mandatory Course: 1.1 March 20, 2006 - October 3, 2006
Previous Mandatory Course: 1.0 December 2005 - March 19, 2006

Course Descriptions: Conference course descriptions are available at If students wish to take some courses in other than a conference setting, they should click on the tab above called "Course Delivery Options" to see which course delivery options are acceptable for master's students.

Course Credits
SEC 401: Security Essentials, GIAC GSEC Gold 4
MGT 524: Security Policy and Awareness, GIAC STAR Gold or Written Assignment 2
SEC 503: Intrusion Detection in Depth, GIAC GCIA Gold 4
SEC 504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling, GIAC GCIH Gold 4
MGT 525: Project Management and Effective Communications for Security Professionals and Managers, GIAC GCPM Gold or Written Assignment 4
- Project Management Institute Certification can be substituted for GCPM
- It is recommended that MGT 525 be completed before the Joint Written Project is started.
MGT 421: Leadership and Management Competencies, GIAC STAR Gold or Written Assignment 1
SEC Software Security Training* 3
- SEC 522 Defending Web Applications
- Special Project to be Assigned
- Applicable Exam(s) for the above courses. Substitute exams/assignments may be given if GIAC Silver/STAR is not available.
- Reading Component with Essay
- Hands-on Skills Demonstration
* This rapidly evolving field affects course development. Before starting, check with college for the latest requirement.

TWO ELECTIVES at Silver Level (no papers required):

At least one must be SEC 500/600 level, GIAC Silver (with SEC 508 System Forensics, GIAC GCFA Silver, strongly recommended).

Choose the other elective from the following:

  • Another major SEC500/600 level, GIAC Silver; or
  • AUD 507 Auditing Networks, Perimeters, and Systems, GIAC GSNA Silver
Total Credit Hours: 31

Each exam score must be at least 80 (or 80 average if applicable) including STARs. Certs must be kept current while the student is in the Master's Program. The final course grade will be based on the latest recert scores just before graduation. When a GIAC Gold Paper/Written Assignment is required, the student must also pass the GIAC Gold/Written Assignment before the grade can be assigned.