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Master’s Concentration

Information Systems Security: Master’s Degree

As one of the fastest growing and in-demand fields, cybersecurity is facing a shortage of talent. Fill the talent gap by learning to analyze security needs and provide effective solutions. Navigate cybersecurity challenges as you develop the technical skills needed to solve security breaches, conduct computer forensics analysis, and set up secure networks. The curriculum aligns with the Common Body of Knowledge for CISSP certification.

Looking for more critical management skills? See the master’s concentration in Cybersecurity Management.

 

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
April 1

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree
Tuition
$38,688

Format
Evening or Online
Admission
No GRE or GMAT
Duration
As few as 18 months

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Skills You’ll Learn

Develop and implement information security policies and procedures
Design secure network solutions and applications
Evaluate encryption standards and solutions

Curriculum

Master of Science in Information and Communications Technology with a concentration in Information Systems Security requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses).

All students are required to complete a zero-credit
Student Success Course.

4

Core Courses

4

Concentration
Courses

4

Elective Courses

Core Courses

Learn the scope of activity, historical development,
and future direction of the industry. These courses
provide a foundation that you'll draw on throughout
your concentration and elective courses. The capstone
serves as the culminating academic experience in
which you'll explore a problem of practice in your field
of study.

ICT 4000 Business Essentials for Technology Leaders
ICT 4001 Technology Leadership
ICT 4005 Technical Essentials
And choose one of the following:
 
ICT 4901 Capstone Project
OR  
ICT 4902 Capstone Seminar
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

ICT 4605 Principles of Information Security
ICT 4615 Identity and Access Management
ICT 4670 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning
ICT 4845 Information Systems Attacks and Defenses
Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Information and Communications Technology program include:

ICT 4007 Creative Problem Solving and Programming Concepts
ICT 4010 Enterprise Architecture
GIS 4101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GIS 4200 Geospatial Intelligence
ICT 4200 Cybersecurity Foundations
ICT 4205 Cybersecurity Management
ICT 4210 Cybersecurity Policy
ICT 4215 Cybersecurity Risk Management and Incident Response
ICT 4220 Cybersecurity Leadership and Strategic Planning
ICT 4225 Cybersecurity Audits
ICT 4300 Web Enabled Information Systems
ICT 4370 Python Programming
ICT 4405 Database Design and Implementation
ICT 4430 Database Security
ICT 4505 Website Design and Management
ICT 4610 TCP/IP Networks
ICT 4680 Principles of Cryptography
ICT 4685 Cloud and Internet Law
ICT 4690 Computer Forensics with Lab
ICT 4695 Application Security
ICT 4800 Network Communications and the Internet

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Information and Communications Technology program. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

Featured Instructors

Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master’s degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

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Interested in a graduate certificate?

Explore our four and six course graduate certificates in Information Systems Security.

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Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Information Systems Security

Employment of information security analysts is predicted to grow 28% through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Demand for cybersecurity professionals is expected to be high due to the rise of cyberattacks. Industries with the most need include finance, government, and healthcare.
U.S. News and World Report ranked information security analyst #2 on their “Best Technology Jobs” list due to factors such as salary and job growth.

Job Titles

Information System Security Officer (ISSO)
Cybersecurity Analyst
Information Security Analyst
Security Officer
Information Technology Specialist
Security Analyst
Information Assurance Officer
Security Technology Architect

Information Security Analyst Salary: National Average

$95,610

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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“That master’s degree had been on my bucket list for more than 20 years and I just started thinking now’s the time, I’m not going to procrastinate anymore!” —Carolyn Hinkley, graduate.

Flexible Online Classes

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We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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Advisory Board

Our programs are developed and updated with the input of advisory boards composed of industry leaders and employers. This ensures that you'll learn what employers are looking for, and gain the most current information with a view to future industry trends, connecting you to future success.
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Timothy Bradsby

Portfolio Manager,
Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies

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Don Halloran

Founder & CEO,
Waypoint Group


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Mark Merkow

Senior Security Engineer,
Freeport-McMoRan Inc.


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Darl Kuhn

Solutions Architect,
RMCI


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Nathan Braun

Educational Consultant & Adjunct Faculty, University of Denver, University College

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Mike Prasad

Architect/Engineer,
State of Colorado


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Glenn Ware

Director Corporate Systems,
Xcel Energy


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Amber Cardillo

Sr. Director Americas Telco,
VMWare


Accreditation

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Higher Learning Commission

University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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Colorado Technology Association

The Colorado Technology Association represents technology leaders, professionals, companies, IT departments, government and legislative leaders, and industry advisors. CTA provides members with community, insight, connections and advocacy. Our industry development work spans public policy to education to leadership.

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