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 2013-2014

Computer, Information and Network Security

Computer Security Concentration
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours in addition to any required introductory courses of the designated degree program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all courses of the designated degree program.
  • Achieve a GPA of 3.0 or better among the five foundation courses.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students pursuing a second (or more) graduate degree may not double count or retake any course that applied toward the completion of a prior graduate degree. If a required course in the second degree was already completed and applied toward a previous degree, the student must meet with a faculty advisor to discuss a new course to be completed and substituted in the new degree. This rule also applies to cross-listed courses, which are considered to be the same course but offered under different subjects.
  • Students pursuing a second master's degree must complete a minimum of 52* graduate credit hours beyond their first designated degree program in addition to any required introductory courses in their second designated degree program.
    *53 graduate credit hours required for MS Information Systems.

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
Introductory Courses
No Introductory course (a course numbered 400 through 419) may be substituted for any other course at any level.

Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions:
  • The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student passes a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) in the Introductory Course area.
CSC 400 Discrete Structures for Computer Science
CSC 401 Introduction to Programming
CSC 402 Data Structures I
CSC 403 Data Structures II
CSC 406 Systems I
CSC 407 Systems II
Foundation Courses
Students must achieve an average GPA of 3.0 or better in the five Foundation Courses. Students who do not meet the Foundation Courses' 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 are encouraged to talk to their faculty advisor to discuss their options. To progress to the Advanced Courses of the degree, a student must complete the Introductory and Foundation Courses.

Students must complete the following courses:
CSC 435 Distributed Systems I
SE 450 Object-Oriented Software Development
TDC 477 Network Security
CNS 440 Security Management
CNS 450 Computer Forensics
Advanced Courses
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
TDC 577 Network Security II

Students must also complete  1 of the following courses (not counting courses taken to satisfy the requirements above):
CNS 477 Legal Issues in Information Assurance
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
TDC 577 Network Security II
Major Elective Courses
Students must complete 1 CINS course in the range of 421 or higher or a course from the list of courses below. That course cannot be used to fulfill a student's CINS Concentration Area or Foundation Course requirements.
ACC 500 Financial Accounting
ACC 541 Financial Accounting Theory and Practice I
ACC 547 Audit and Regulation of Corporate Financial Reporting
ACC 639 Accounting Information Systems and Auditing
CNS 533 Enterprise Security Infrastructure Controls and Regulatory Compliance
CSC 439 Computer Security
CSC 440 Cryptology
CSC 536 Distributed Systems II (formerly SE 536)
CSC 557 Foundations of Computer Security
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
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 468 Network Programming
TDC 511 Telecommunications Practicum
TDC 560 Advanced Network Technologies and Design
TDC 562 Computer-Communication Network Design and Analysis
TDC 563 Protocols and Techniques for Data Networks
TDC 567 Telecommunication Systems Design and Management
TDC 568 Network Management
TDC 577 Network Security II
CDM Open Elective Courses
Students must complete 2 CDM open electives. Elective courses are in the range of 421-699 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