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

The Information Systems Concentration focuses on the organizational and management aspects of information security. Students will learn how to plan and implement security plans, to include risk assessment, threat and vulnerability analysis, implementation of controls and safeguards, and maintenance. Students will also learn about related areas such as regulatory compliance, legal issues in security, and disaster recovery.Online Learning Learning opportunities are available for this concentration. ​​​​​​

Master of Science Winter & Spring 2012-2013

Computer, Information and Network Security

Information Systems Security Concentration

The Information Systems concentration focuses on the organizational and management aspects of information security. Students will learn how to plan and implement security plans, to include risk assessment, threat and vulnerability analysis, implementation of controls and safeguards, and maintenance. Students will also learn about related areas such as regulatory compliance, legal issues in security, and disaster recovery.

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 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 B- or better in each introductory course of the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all courses beyond the introductory 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 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
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.
TDC 411 Introduction to Computer and Network Systems
TDC 405 Voice and Data Network Fundamentals
CNS 418 Introduction to Host Security
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, 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 Courses of the degree, a student must complete the Introductory and Foundation Courses.

Students must complete the following courses:
IS 444 IT Auditing
TDC 463 Computer Networks and Data Systems
TDC 477 Network Security
CNS 477 Legal Issues in Information Assurance
IS 433 Information Security Management
Advanced Courses
A maximum of four Advanced Courses can be taken before completing the Foundation Courses and fulfilling the GPA Requirement. Courses taken to fulfill the Foundation Courses requirement cannot be counted in this category.

Students must complete the following course:
IS 533 Enterprise Security Infrastructure Controls and Regulatory Compliance


Students must complete 3 of the following courses:
IS 505 Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Theories and Strategies
IS 506 Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Management and Tactics
ECT 582 Secure Electronic Commerce
SE 430 Object Oriented Modeling
SE 482 Requirements Engineering
SE 529 Software Risk Management
TDC 577 Network Security II
OR TDC 588 Advanced Network Defense Systems

Major Elective Courses
Students must complete 1 CNS 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 Courses 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
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
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 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
TDC 588 Advanced Network Defense Systems
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