Master of Science in Information Systems with a concentration in Information Security online

Defend any company’s information systems from cyberattacks, malware, data breaches and other vulnerabilities with cutting-edge expertise in information security.

Apply by: 2/28/23
Start Class: 3/8/23

Program Overview

Learn more about our online MSIS Information Security

$16,455* Total Tuition
As few as 12-18 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

Strengthen your ability to protect corporate data networks from cyber threats when you earn an online Master of Science in Information Systems with a concentration in Information Security program from Murray State University. Combine core MSIS expertise — with coursework in data management, software development and network communications — with specialized information security tools. Distinguish yourself as a cybersecurity leader and business professional with our AACSB-accredited program.

Our coursework develops your ability to build, improve and maintain cybersecurity prevention policies, automations and best practices. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the modern challenges facing computer, network and information system security. Additionally, learn how to detect intrusion, respond to emergency incidents and execute security policies to reduce threats. Apply risk management techniques such as public key encryption, message authentication and automated privacy procedures to ensure the ongoing safety of the information systems for any business.

At Murray State, you will enjoy personalized attention from the same experienced faculty who teach on-campus. Our world-class instructors are experts in modern technology tools such as R, Python, IBM SPSS Modeler, SAP® Predictive Analytics, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and more.

Ideal for working professionals, our information security degree online empowers you to continue working full-time while expanding your career opportunities in high-tech, future-oriented fields. Elevate your current career — or pivot to a new one — with a transformative degree that offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition. Plus, join the Murray State University LinkedIn group for computer information system (CIS) alumni to grow your professional network with industry leaders.

The Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business at Murray State University has been continuously accredited by AACSB International (AACSB) since 1981.

As a graduate of this Master of Science in Information Systems online program, you will be able to:

  • Use information systems concepts to address business problems
  • Model, monitor and analyze data using various data analysis tools and methods
  • Develop written and verbal communication skills
  • Plan information systems projects
  • Address complex issues in the global information systems context
  • Use information systems concepts to address business problems
  • Model, monitor and analyze data using various data analysis tools and methods
  • Develop written and verbal communication skills
  • Plan information systems projects
  • Address complex issues in the global information systems context

This program will prepare you for careers such as:

  • Information Security Analyst
  • Digital Forensic Examiner
  • IT Auditor
  • Security Systems Administrator
  • Information Security Manager
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Digital Forensic Examiner
  • IT Auditor
  • Security Systems Administrator
  • Information Security Manager

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Tuition

Earn a high-value master’s degree for a budget-friendly tuition

The MSIS Information Security online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

$548.50 Per Credit Hour
$16,455* Total Tuition
Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
MSIS Information Security $548.50 $1,645.50 $16,455*

*The tuition rate is subject to annual changes based on approval by the Murray State University Board of Regents and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

Calendar

Keep track of these important dates and deadlines

Murray State University online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

Now enrolling:

2/28/23 Next Application Deadline
3/8/23 Start Classes
TermStart DateApplication DeadlineDocument & Financial Aid DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineLast Class DayTerm Length
Spring 23/8/232/28/233/2/233/3/233/6/234/30/237 weeks
Summer 15/15/235/5/235/9/235/10/235/11/236/24/236 weeks
Summer 26/25/236/18/236/20/236/21/236/22/238/4/236 weeks
Fall 18/15/238/6/238/8/238/10/238/11/239/30/237 weeks
Fall 210/11/2310/2/2310/3/2310/8/2310/9/2311/29/237 weeks
Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Murray State?

Admissions

Explore the streamlined admission process for our information systems security degree online

At Murray State University, we’ve streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the MSIS Information Security online, including where to send your transcripts.

The requirements include:

Online application accepted on a rolling basis
Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
2.75 GPA ON UNDERGRADUATE COURSEWORK

You must meet the following requirements for admission to the MSIS Information Security online program:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
  • At least one of the following:
    • A minimum GMAT score of 490 or higher, or a GRE score of 288 or higher
    • At least 3 years of relevant full-time work experience

Official transcripts, test scores and other documents should be sent from issuing institutions to:

Email address: [email protected]

Mail address:

Graduate Admissions
Murray State University
B2 Sparks Hall
Murray, KY 42071

Questions? Call 866-906-0541.

Courses

Discover what you’ll learn in our online master’s degree in information security courses

For the MSIS Information Security online, you must complete 21 credit hours of core courses and nine credit hours of electives.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of key ideas, practices, issues, concepts, artifacts, frameworks, and theories of project management in the context of IT, telecommunications, and cyber security. Special emphasis is put on understanding of how projects align with the overall strategy of an organization and how well-planned projects can help an organization achieve positive results in relation to operations, competitive advantage, and security.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe key concepts of Project Management in the IT context
  2. Work effectively as a part of a team working on a project using the Scrum Project Management framework
  3. Create a Project Management Plan
  4. Evaluate the main roles, processes, and artifacts of Agile and Data Science methodologies
  5. Communicate effectively in written form in the context of Project Management
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the student with a comprehensive introduction to databases, the technical skills required to plan, implement and maintain a databases using appropriate software. A significant part of the course will be spent on development of Structured Query Language (SQL) queries and processes to extract (E) data from multiple sources, transform (T) data as needed and the loading (L) of the same into data warehouses (ETL).

Learning Outcomes

  1. Express database terminology accurately, and design relational databases
  2. Write SQL queries to manage data and query the database
  3. Use popular tools to create the structure for a data warehouse
  4. Extract (E) data from a variety of sources.
  5. Transform (T) extracted data by adding/removing data as needed
  6. Loading (L) the database with data after the extraction and transformation processes are completed
  7. Automate the ETL
  8. Describe common DWH architectures
  9. Identify and document the potential business value of an ETL project
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study of the theories and techniques of computerized decision support and expert systems. The practical application of these systems to problems of business and industrial organizations is stressed. A major part of the course will be devoted to the use of appropriate decision support and expert system computer software.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Use statistical modeling for business analytics
  2. Develop visualization for business intelligence
  3. Employ Techniques such as prediction, clustering, associations, and forecasting
  4. Create and use Predictive modeling using artificial neural networks, and support vector machines
  5. Analyze textual data for sentiment analysis and social analysis
  6. Use Linear programming techniques and
  7. Describe Expert systems and chatbots
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the knowledge required to appreciate the functions and benefits of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. Students will learn the impact of an ERP system, how ERP software integrates business functions, and how to make current business functions compatible with and ERP system. The students will also develop an appreciation of live, interactive information from an ERP system and the value of its availability throughout the organization.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the importance of enterprise-wide information systems.
  2. Distinguish between organizational data, master data and transaction data in different functional areas.
  3. Carry out common business process functions such as – Sales, Purchasing, Manufacturing, Accounting, Warehouse Management and Materials using SAP ERP application.
  4. Identify types of reports for managers to improve performance.
  5. Define key terms and concepts to prepare for SAP certification exam.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Explores methodologies and practices used in the contemporary software development projects from the managerial and technical perspectives. From the managerial perspective, it covers software life cycle models, object-oriented methodologies, rapid development methodologies, agile modeling, software design principles and methods, verification and testing methods, and software process maturity models. On the technical side, it explores solutions that are currently available that aid in implementing these models and methodologies.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe computers and programming
  2. Develop software using conditional and control statements
  3. Identify and employ appropriate data structures
  4. Create custom functions
  5. Manage and manipulate multi-dimensional data
  6. Read and process data files
  7. Design and develop object-oriented applications
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of data communication, network infrastructure, transmission technologies, and hardware/software components that support modern business communications. Designed to provide students with the technical foundation to manage and secure contemporary data networks.
Duration: 16 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course consists of an independent, in-depth study of a topic or problem in computer information systems under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Periodic conferences will be arranged with the supervising faculty member on an individual basis.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze the problem, understand the scope and complexity of the project
  2. Gather, organize, and document user requirements
  3. Identify alternate approaches to solving the problem
  4. Develop a solution that solves the organizational problem
  5. Demonstrate the implemented solution
  6. Communicate effectively in written and verbal forms
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of modern computer, network, and information system security. This course provides an overview of security challenges and mitigation controls in the information system environment. Topics include network intrusion prevention and detection, incident response, malicious software (malware), public key encryption, message authentication, and privacy issues.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Information security risk management is the application of risk management techniques to business information technology systems to reduce the risk, threats, and vulnerabilities. Using an industry standard risk management framework, conduct an information technology risk assessment using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, develop risk management policies and reports, create risk management mitigation plan, and define risk management mitigation security measurements and baselining.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This graduate-level course offers an overview of the legal processes and systems involved in implementing and maintaining a comprehensive cybersecurity program including the technical, administration, and managerial controls. This course will provide a survey on the following topics: the American Legal System (sources, types, and authorities), Privacy Concepts (related to financial, healthcare, education, and corporate privacy), and Legal Concepts (related to intellectual property, data breach, notification, contract, governance, and investigations).

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