MS - Computer, Information and Network Security - Compliance - DePaul

The Regulation, Compliance, & Audit Concentration focuses on the impact of Information Assurance legislation and IT security controls requirements on Enterprises. This concentration expends the information assurance aspects to IT and financial auditing and provide a sound foundations for students looking for a career in auditing, compliance and information security management.
Note: Some required courses in the Regulation, Compliance & Audit Concentration are not available via Online Learning.
Online Learning Learning opportunities are available for this concentration.

Master of Science Fall 2012-2013

Computer, Information and Network Security

Governance, Risk and Compliance Concentration

The Governance, Risk, and Compliance concentration focuses on enterprise-level information security risk management, IT audit, and regulatory compliance. This cross-disciplinary concentration focuses on how to develop an information security program; assess security risk in business processes; identify and implement a system of controls for security governance and regulatory compliance; plan and conduct IT audits; and develop business continuity and disaster recovery plans.

Learn more about admission to this program.

Online Learning Options
Some courses in this concentration are available for review and playback via the CDM Course Online playback system (COL) . 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. Some courses are offered online. To complete this degree students may take any combination of courses offered online and on campus. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page.
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Curriculum 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.

IT 223
IT 263
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:
ACC 500
IS 421
IS 433
IS 444
IS 505
Advanced Phase
A maximum of four courses in the Advanced Phase can be taken before completing the Foundation Phase and fulfilling the GPA Requirement.

Students must complete the following 3 courses:
ACC 503
CSC 451
IS 533

Students must complete 1 of the following courses:
IS 430
IS 483
CNS 477
Major Electives
Students must complete 2 courses from the list of courses below. Those courses cannot be used to fulfill a student's CINS Concentration Area or Foundation Phase requirements.
ACC 541
ACC 547
CNS 455
CNS 466
CNS 477
IS 422
IS 430
IS 483
IS 506
IS 535
SE 529
TDC 463
TDC 477
CDM Open Electives
Students must complete 1 CDM open elective. Elective courses are in the range of 420-699 and must be from the School of Computing within the College of CDM.
Students must complete 1 of the following courses:
IS 577
OR CNS 594

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 pursuing their second master's degree must complete 52 graduate credit hours (generally 13 courses) beyond their first master's degree.

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.