BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION SECURITY (MSIS)
Total Credit Hours: 154
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Science in Information Security (MSIS) program enables computer science students to earn both degrees within five years. Information security is a uniquely interdisciplinary field, requiring professionals who are well-versed both in project planning, risk management, and project assessment, as well as in the technical details of securing today’s and tomorrow’s information systems and networks. This program provides computer science majors an opportunity to take advantage of their excellent technical preparation as they round out their expertise with an extra year of study that focuses primarily on information security’s management issues.
The dual degree program features the curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program supplemented with additional coursework at the graduate level. Most of the additional coursework is designed to teach the necessary management concepts to our students to ensure that they are ready to pursue a career in information security upon graduation. The course 68-595: Information Security Project serves as the capstone for the dual degree program.
Any computer science student who has achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, has earned between 72 and 96 hours of course credit, has successfully completed 70-200, 70-210, 70-245, 13-200, 13-201, and 13-210, and has achieved a GPA of 3.0 or better in courses in the computer science major may apply for admission to the BS Computer Science / MS Information Security dual degree program.
The applicant must complete a Graduate Application, provide letters of reference from two faculty members, and write a two-page statement of purpose explaining why he or she wishes to pursue the MSIS degree. The MSIS program director will review the student's application and make a recommendation to the Graduate Council of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The student may not take graduate courses while he or she is an undergraduate. After the student is awarded the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, he or she will begin taking graduate-level coursework toward the Master of Science in Information Security. No graduate course credit may count toward baccalaureate degree requirements, and no graduate coursework may be taken until the baccalaureate is earned.
Total Hours in the Combined Major: 80 hours (54 undergraduate, 26 graduate).
Total Hours to Graduate with Both Degrees: 128 + 26 = 154 (includes undergraduate general education requirements and free electives).