MS - Computer, Information and Network Security - DePaul

Computer Security Concentration
The Computer Security concentration focuses on fundamental security topics that arise in the design, analysis, and implementation of distributed systems. This concentration provides in-depth coverage of the theory and application of identity, authentication, access control, auditing, assessment & prevention of software vulnerabilities, and cryptography, in the context of modern enterprise-scale & web-based systems..Online Learning Learning opportunities are available for this concentration. ​​​​​​

Master of Science 2010-2011

Computer, Information and Network Security

Computer Security Concentration

The Computer Security concentration focuses on fundamental security topics that arise in the design, analysis, and implementation of distributed systems.  This concentration provides in-depth coverage of the theory and application of identity, authentication, access control, auditing, assessment & prevention of software vulnerabilities, and cryptography, in the context of modern enterprise-scale & web-based systems.    

Learn more about admission to this program.


Online Learning Options
This concentration is available online. CDM online degrees are delivered mostly through COL-enabled courses, although other delivery technologies are also used. If a course is COL-enabled, any student registered in the course has access to the course playback. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the COL resource wherever available. To complete this degree a student may take any combination of online and on campus courses. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours (generally 13 courses) beyond the Prerequisite Phase
  • earn a grade of B- or better in each Prerequisite Phase course
  • achieve a GPA of 3.0 or better in the five courses required in the Foundation Phase
  • earn a grade of C- or better in all graduate courses beyond the Prerequisite Phase
  • maintain a graduate level GPA of 2.50 or higher while pursuing their degree
  • achieve a graduate GPA of 2.50 or higher at the completion of all other requirements

Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.


Course Requirements
Prerequisite Phase
The goal of the prerequisite phase is to give students the background necessary for starting the graduate program. These prerequisite phase requirements can be fulfilled in one of three ways:
  • The student takes the course and earns a grade of B- or higher
  • The student takes a Graduate Assessment Exam (GAE) to test out of the course
  • The faculty advisor waives the course because of equivalent academic background or work experience.

All students are blocked from enrolling in Graduate Phase courses prior to completing their prerequisites. Students must submit an online Change of Status request (through myCDM) when the Prerequisite Phase is completed to inform the Student Services offices that the block can be removed.

CSC 211 Programming in Java I AND CSC 212 Programming in Java II
OR CSC 224 Java for Programmers
OR CSC 396 Programming in Java I and II (available to Graduate Students Only)
CSC 373 Computer Systems I
CSC 374 Computer Games
CSC 383 Data Structures and Algorithms in Java
Foundation Phase
Students must achieve an average GPA of 3.0 or better in the five Foundation Phase courses. Students who do not meet the Foundation Phase GPA requirement must retake the course with the lowest grade. If a number of such courses exist, it is up to the student to choose which class to retake. Only the higher grade will count toward the average grade for the purpose of completing the GPA Requirement. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements, and do not want to re-take a class are encouraged to talk to their faculty advisor to discuss their options. To progress to the Advanced Phase of the degree, a student must complete the Prerequisite Phase and Foundation Phase.

Students must complete the following courses:
CSC 435 Distributed Systems I (formerly SE 435)
SE 450 Object-Oriented Software Development
TDC 477 Network Security
IS 433 Information Security Management
CNS 477 Legal Issues in Information Assurance
Advanced Phase
CSC 439 Computer Security

Students must also complete  2 of the following courses:
CSC 440 Cryptology
SE 525 Software Security Architecture
SE 526 Software Security Assessment
CSC 557 Foundations of Computer Security (formerly SE 547)

Students must also complete  1 of the following courses (not counting courses taken to satisfy the requirements above):
CNS 450 Computer Forensics
CSC 440 Cryptology
SE 482 Requirements Engineering
SE 525 Software Security Architecture
SE 526 Software Security Assessment
SE 529 Software Risk Management
CSC 536 Distributed Systems II (formerly SE 536)
CSC 557 Foundations of Computer Security (formerly SE 547)
TDC 577 Network Security II
TDC 588 Advanced Network Defense Systems
Major electives
Students must complete 1 course from the list of courses below. That course cannot be used to fulfill a student’s CINS Concentration Area or Foundation Phase requirements.
ACC 500 Financial Accounting
ACC 503 Accounting Information Systems and Auditing
ACC 541 Financial Accounting Theory and Practice I
ACC 547 Audit and Regulation of Corporate Financial Reporting
CNS 450 Computer Forensics
CNS 455 Physical and IT Security Convergence
CNS 477 Legal Issues in Information Assurance
CSC 439 Computer Security
CSC 440 Cryptology
CSC 536 Distributed Systems II (formerly SE 536)
CSC 557 Foundations of Computer Security (formerly SE 547)
ECT 582 Secure Electronic Commerce
IS 444 IT Auditing
IS 505 Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Theories and Strategies
IS 506 Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Management and Tactics
IS 533 Enterprise Security Infrastructure Controls and Regulatory Compliance
SE 430 Object Oriented Modeling
SE 482 Requirements Engineering
SE 525 Software Security Architecture
SE 526 Software Security Assessment
SE 529 Software Risk Management
TDC 511 Telecommunications Practicum
TDC 561 Network Programming
TDC 562 Computer-Communication Network Design and Analysis
TDC 563 Protocols and Techniques for Data Networks
TDC 567 Telecommunication Systems Design and Management
TDC 577 Network Security II
TDC 588 Advanced Network Defense Systems
CDM Open Electives
Students must complete 2 CDM open electives. Elective courses are in the range of 420-699 and must be from the College of CDM.
Capstone
Students must complete 1 of the following courses:
CNS 594 Computer Information and Network Security Capstone
OR CSC 698 Master's Thesis
OR SE 698 Master's Thesis
OR IS 698 Master's Thesis
OR TDC 698 Master's Thesis
OR ECT 698 Master's Thesis