The Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Security and Assurance degree program at Robert Morris University prepares information technology professionals to recognize and combat information systems threats and vulnerabilities. The degree cultivates an appropriate knowledge of computer security, increasing the likelihood that the next generation of IT workers will have the background needed to design and develop systems that are engineered to be reliable and secure.
Through this program, students may also choose to add a concentration in Enterprise Systems. Currently over 70 percent of the world's financial transactions are processed on enterprise systems mainframe computers. Within the next four to eight years over 50 percent of the enterprise systems professionals are projected to be retiring, creating a need for qualified candidates to fill those positions. RMU is collaborating with IBM through the IBM Regional Planning Group to address this need and give our students a competitive advantage in this thriving industry.
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Brief goal statement
The M.S. in Information Security and Assurance is a 30-credit degree program comprised of 21 credits of required courses and nine credits chosen from advanced communications and information systems electives.
Core Courses - 21 credits
INFS6210 Hardware and Operating Systems
INFS6231 Network Technology and Management (N+)
INFS6240 Database Management Systems
INFS6490 Computer Network Security
INFS6760 Information Technology Security, Control and Assurance
INFS6830 Secure Programming
INFS6840 Information Technology Governance
Specialization Electives - 9 credits
Choose three graduate-level courses from selected communications and information systems offerings.
Designed for working professionals, this 30-credit program can be completed in approximately two and a half years or less while you continue to work full time.
Information Security & Assurance
Class of 2009 – Master of Science
Employers: Bank of New York Mellon, PLS Logistics Services, Education Management Corporation, Robert Morris University, FedEx, Thomson Reuters, Internal Revenue Service, UPMC
Positions: Analyst, Educational Technology Specialist, Applications Manager, IT Security Specialist, Assistant Vice President, Network Administrator, Desktop Support Technician, Software Developer, Developer
Salary Range: $40,000 - $85,000
Faculty members in the School of Communications and Information Systems (SCIS) are recognized for their dedication to teaching, academic research, global understanding and professional experience. Our faculty regularly wins awards and accolades for excellence in teaching and research. As guides and mentors, they motivate students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their field of study.
The Wheatley Center
The School of Communications and Information Systems is now housed in the Wheatley Center. This soaring, 50,000 square-foot complex, glowing with colored LED accents, includes classrooms, computer labs, media arts studios, editing suites, a gallery, and teleconferencing facilities, as well as faculty and administrative offices, student meeting spaces and a café. The new building also provides access to geographic information systems software and business intelligence software.