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 2014-2015

Computer, Information and Network Security

Network Security Concentratio​n
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.
TDC 411 Introduction to Computer and Network Systems
TDC 413 Introduction to Lan and Wan
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 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:
TDC 460 Foundations of Network Technologies
TDC 463 Computer Networks and Data Systems
TDC 477 Network Security
CNS 477 Legal Issues in Information Assurance
CNS 440 Information Security Management
Advanced Courses
A maximum of four Advanced Courses can be taken before completing the Foundation Courses and fulfilling the GPA Requirement.

Students must complete the following courses:
TDC 511 Telecommunications Practicum
TDC 563 Protocols and Techniques for Data Networks
TDC 577 Network Security II


A student must complete 1 of the following courses:
TDC 468 Network Programming
TDC 562 Computer-Communication Network Design and Analysis
TDC 567 Telecommunication Systems Design and Management
TDC 560 Advanced Network Technologies and Design
TDC 568 Network Management
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 541 Financial Accounting Theory and Practice I
ACC 547 Audit and Regulation of Corporate Financial Reporting
CNS 487 Introduction to Governance, Risk, and Compliance
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 chosen among CSC, CNS, TDC, SE, IS, ECT, IT, PM, IPD, HIT, HCI, and GAM courses.
Capstone Options
Students have the option of completing the Computer Information and Network Security Capstone course (4 credit hours) or completing a Master's Research Project (up to 8 credit hours) to fulfill their Capstone requirement. If a student chooses to complete a Master's Research project for 8 credit hours, 4 credit hours of CSC 695 replaces one major or open elective course in the M.S. in Computer, Information and Network Security program. A student who completes a Master's Research project also has the option of completing a Master's Thesis.
  • Computer Information and Network Security Capstone course
    CNS 594 Computer Information and Network Security Capstone
  • Master's Research
    Students interested in a more in-depth study of a particular area can choose to work with a faculty member (not necessarily their academic advisor) on an independent study or research project. The student will register for up to 8 credit hours of CSC 695 Master's Research . If a student chooses to complete a Master's Research project for 8 credit hours, 4 credit hours of CSC 695 replaces one major or open elective course in the M.S. in Computer, Information and Network Security program.
  • Master's Thesis
    A student who has made an original contribution to the area (typically, through work done by CSC 695 Master's Research ) may choose to complete a Master's Thesis. The student and the student's research advisor should form a Master's Thesis Committee of 3 faculty. The student will need to submit to the committee a thesis detailing the results of the research project. After a public defense, the committee will decide whether to accept the thesis. In that case, the student will be allowed to register for the 0 credit course CSC 698 Master's Thesis and the transcript will show the thesis title as the course topic.