One of the continuing challenges facing society is the security
and protection of information assets. Recent attacks on the
nation's information technology infrastructure highlight the
need for information security. In a 2003 CSI/FBI survey,
92 percent of respondents had detected computer security
breaches in the previous year and 75 percent reported
financial losses as a result.
The events of September 11 accelerated longstanding concerns
about the threat of cyberterrorism and the vulnerability of the
nation's information systems and communications networks.
As a result, there is a recognized need for professionals trained
in information security and assurance to address these issues.
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.
Course work covers the administration, management and
technologies of information security. In this program, you will
- Describe threats to information security
- Identify tools and techniques for combating these threats
- Explain integral parts of good information security practices
- Understand issues related to access control
- Understand principles of good information security policies
- Develop information security policies
- Understand technical details of common countermeasures
- Evaluate countermeasures and understand appropriate use
- Create deployment plans for countermeasures
- Apply technical knowledge to simulated deployment issues
- Create deployment plans including impact and risk management
A prerequisite for this program is coursework in either C++ or Java programming. This prerequisite can be satisfied by demonstrating
a "C" grade or better in an equivalent undergraduate course or by successfully completing an approved undergraduate course at Robert
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
Specialization Electives - 9 credits
||Hardware and Operating Systems
||Network Technology and Management (N+)
||Database Management Systems
||Computer Network Security
||Information Technology Security, Control and Assurance
||Information Technology Governance
Choose three graduate-level courses from selected
communications and information systems offerings.
Students should submit the following credentials to the Graduate Admissions Office:
All application materials must be received before an admission decision can be made.
- A completed application and a non-refundable $35 application fee. Or apply online
- Official undergraduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
- Two current letters of recommendation.
- A current résumé.
- A brief essay outlining goals for the program.
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. The tuition rate includes all University fees except fees for courses that have an online component.
Offered in both Moon Township and downtown Pittsburgh.