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

The Network Security Concentration focuses on the network infrastructure and network security management aspects information security. This concentration will provide in-depth coverage of network security infrastructure technologies such as firewalls, Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS), vulnerability assessment tools, as well as overall security infrastructure engineering and design. Online Learning Learning opportunities are available for this concentration. ​​​​​

Master of Science Fall 2012-2013

Computer, Information and Network Security

Network Security Concentration

The Network Security concentration focuses on the network infrastructure and network security management aspects of information security. This concentration will provide in-depth coverage of network security infrastructure technologies such as firewalls, Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS), vulnerability assessment tools, as well as overall security infrastructure engineering and design.

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.
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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. The student 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
OR CSC 261
OR any more advanced programming course
TDC 261
OR IT 263
TDC 311
OR CSC 374
CNS 378
Foundation Phase
Students must achieve an average GPA of 3.0 or better in the five Foundation Phase courses. Student 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:
TDC 460
TDC 463
TDC 477
CNS 477
IS 433
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 courses:
TDC 511
TDC 563
TDC 577
OR TDC 588


A student must complete 1 of the following courses:
TDC 561
TDC 562
TDC 567
ECT 582
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
ACC 503
ACC 541
ACC 547
CNS 450
CNS 455
CNS 477
CSC 439
CSC 440
CSC 536
CSC 557
ECT 582
IS 444
IS 505
IS 506
IS 533
SE 430
SE 482
SE 525
SE 526
SE 529
TDC 511
TDC 561
TDC 562
TDC 563
TDC 567
TDC 577
TDC 588
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
Student must complete 1 of the following courses:
CNS 594
OR CSC 698
OR SE 698
OR IS 698
OR TDC 698
OR ECT 698

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.