Overview

The Master of Science in Information Security program, offered by the College of Information Technology, is designed to develop expertise in leadership and operations in the area of information security. The program is geared towards meeting the growing need for information technology specialists in information security. The program provides graduates with depth courses designed to enhance their skill set and knowledge in information security as well as breadth information technology courses.

The program provides the needed technical and managerial expertise to plan, acquire, operate, manage and evaluate an organization's information security system of operations. Students enrolled in this program are expected to pursue a plan of study to assure professional competence and breadth of knowledge in the field of information security. The emphasis of this specialization is on applying proven and innovative practices for building industry-standard secure systems, applications, and networks. This program is for highly motivated groups of working professionals and recent Bachelor's degree graduates. The program is designed to impart knowledge and develop the skills needed to meet current and future information security needs of the government and corporate organizations, as well as preparing students to pursue a Ph.D. in information security or related areas.

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Program Objectives

  • Identify and effectively use techniques and tools necessary in information security practice.
  • Develop project management and leadership skills to secure enterprise IT architectures.
  • Apply security principles, legal and ethical responsibilities to the development, and deployment of information security policies.
  • Improve skills and expand knowledge for life-long learning and professional growth.
  • Comply with international information security standard and local regulatory policies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply information security knowledge and effective security strategies and standards.
  • Design effective security solutions based on given requirements.
  • Evaluate in-depth enterprise security systems.
  • Execute ethically project work or research that contributes significantly to the information security discipline.
  • Demonstrate advanced oral and written communication skills individually and collectively.
  • Analyze critically emerging information security concepts, models, techniques, and solutions.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours: minimum of 30 hours

College of Information Technology

Required Courses (9 hours) Credit Hours
ITCO601 Current Emerging Trends in Information Technology 3
ITCO602 Management and Leadership in Information Technology 3
ITCO603 System Analysis, Modeling & Design 3

Information Security

Required Courses (12 hours) Credit Hours
SECB621 Information Security Fundamentals 3
SECB622 Advanced Network Security 3
SECB623 Cryptography and Secure Communications 3
SECB624 Software Security 3
Elective Courses - 3CH for Thesis option and 6CH Non-Thesis option (6 hours) Credit Hours
ECBP614 Mobile Commerce 3
SECB626 Secure Electronic Commerce 3
SECB627 Ethics, Law and Policy in Cyberspace 3
SECB628 Computer Crimes and Forensics 3
ITPG698 Special Topics in Information Technology 3

Project or Thesis

Required Course (6 hours) Credit Hours
ITPG690 Practicum Project 1 6
1: Required 6 CH for Thesis & 3 CH for Non--Thesis

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of higher education and scientific research;
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent in all undergraduate work.
  • A score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • This test score must be less than two years old at the time of application, with the following exceptions:

Conditional Acceptance

An applicant with a Bachelor degree recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research may be granted conditional admission into the Master’s program in one and only one of the following cases:

An applicant with an IELTS score of 5.5, or its equivalent. Such a Student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. Must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, by the end of the student’s first semester of study;
  2. May take a maximum of six (6) credits hours in the first semester, not including intensive English courses;
  3. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

An applicant with an undergraduate cumulative GPA less than 3.0 but equal or higher than 2.5, or its equivalent. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. May take a maximum of nine (9) credits hours in the first semester of study;
  2. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

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Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated September 26, 2019
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