MS in Computer, Information and Network Security - Governance, Risk Management and Compliance Concentration

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 2015-2016

Computer, Information and Network Security

Governance, Risk Management and Compliance Concentration
Course Legend

Curriculum 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.
IT 403
TDC 411
CNS 418
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 451
CNS 477
CNS 440
IS 444
IS 505
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 3 courses:
CNS 587 (Formerly CNS 487 Introduction to Governance, Risk, and Compliance)
CNS 533
IS 560


Students must complete 1 of the following courses:
CNS 490
IS 430
IS 483
Major Elective Courses
Students must complete 2CNS courses in the range of 421 or higheror courses from the list of courses below. Those courses cannot be used to fulfill a student's CINS Concentration Area or Foundation Courses requirements.
ACC 500
ACC 541
ACC 547
CSC 439
CSC 440
CSC 536
CSC 557
ECT 582
IS 421
IS 444
IS 505
IS 506
SE 430
SE 482
SE 525
SE 526
SE 529
TDC 468
TDC 511
TDC 560
TDC 562
TDC 563
TDC 567
TDC 568
TDC 577
CDM Open Elective Courses
Students must complete 1 CDM open elective. 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
  • 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. 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) 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 and the transcript will show the thesis title as the course topic.

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.

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.