The Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems Security, jointly offered by the Department of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and the Department of Information Systems in the School of Business, is designed primarily for students interested in professional roles in business, industry or government. Program graduates will serve as leaders within the computer and information systems security community and as strategic partners within the enterprises in which they work. They will stay attuned to, and anticipate changes in, the computer and information systems security environment and ensure that security solutions create a sound, competitive, cost-effective advantage for the enterprise.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to take leading roles in planning, organizing, managing, designing and configuring security solutions in public and private organizations and will be familiar with state-of-the-art security technologies and best practices. The program takes a broad interdisciplinary approach to computer and information systems security that will help students develop the ability to see the larger organization, social, political, ethical and economic aspects of information security and offers a unique graduate-level curriculum that is both technically and managerially oriented.
Ready to apply? Take a look at the How to Apply page for more information on the materials required for your application and how you can submit them.
The curriculum requires 30 credit hours and is divided into three components:
Core: 15 credit hours required of all students and designed to provide a common foundation to the discipline
Electives: 12 credit hours selected from CISS course offerings or, with the approval of program co-directors, from course offered by the Departments of Computer Science, Information Systems, Criminal Justice or Forensic Science
Practice component: 3 credit hours, taken near the end of the student’s course work, allows the student to apply principles to practice
To view the complete curriculum for this program, please visit the VCU Graduate Bulletin.
To view course descriptions and prerequisites, please visit the VCU Courses database.
Program Curriculum Summary Sheet: CISS [PDF]
Contact Dr. Gurpreet Dhillon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Milos Manic (email@example.com)