INFORMATION SECURITY/MASTER OF SCIENCE
Total Credit Hours: 35-41
The Master of Science in Information Security (MSIS) program provides students with background and insights into the key managerial and technical issues of information security. It is an interdisciplinary program administered by the Management Information Systems Department in the College of Business and the Mathematics and Computer Science Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The managerial concentration focuses on the impact of information security on individual lives and personal privacy, the growing information security risks facing business and government, strategies for securing information, and the influence of laws and public policy on how information is secured. The technical concentration examines how information systems can be made secure. It discusses information processing systems, secure operating systems and applications, network security, cryptography, security protocols, and other issues that confront those charged with securing information networks.
The managerial concentration is an attractive option for IT analysts, managers and directors who are responsible for, and interested in, defining, auditing, or examining IT security policies and procedures. The technical concentration is a hands-on option that is attractive to IT professionals who are interested in identifying security breaches, implementing security policies and procedures, and resolving security problems when and where they arise.
To accommodate the needs of working professionals, the program is structured for part-time students with courses offered in the evenings. All courses are offered in an eight-week format. Additionally, the program is fully offered online.
To be accepted for admission into the program, a student must present the following credentials:
Under certain circumstances, students who do not meet one or more of the requirements for full admission may be admitted to the program with conditional status. These include:
Students admitted with conditional status will be considered for full admission after they have earned nine credit hours in the program with a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0. Additionally, students who lack prior coursework in computer science or management information systems are required to take two foundation courses in the major to gain background in computer programming, organization, and applications.
A student with a baccalaureate degree who wants to take certain graduate courses with the intention of becoming a degree candidate may be admitted as a student-at-large by meeting the following requirements:
Should a student-at-large seek full admission status, he or she must have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in his/her at-large coursework. Nine semester hours completed as a student-at-large is the maximum credit toward an advanced degree that can be granted.
A student with a baccalaureate degree who wants to take certain courses but does not seek a full degree endorsement may likewise be admitted as a student-at-large and is subject to the same admission requirements.
TRANSFER OF GRADUATE CREDIT
A student entering the MSIS program with appropriate prior graduate coursework in information security may have a maximum of nine credit hours beyond the foundation level applied to MSIS degree requirements.
Course credits eligible for transfer consideration must meet the following criteria:
TIME LIMITATION FOR COMPLETING THE PROGRAM
A student must complete all requirements within seven years from the completion of his or her first graduate course at Lewis University.
GRADE POINT REQUIREMENT
Any student admitted to the MSIS program whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. The student must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or better during the subsequent 8-week session to remain a student in the MSIS program. If a student does not meet this requirement, he or she may petition the Program Director in writing to resume studies after a one-semester hiatus. The Program Director, in consultation with the appropriate Graduate Degrees Council, will make the final decision on whether to allow the student to resume studies. If the right to resume studies in the MSIS program is granted, the student will resume studies with probationary status.
Only grades attained in Lewis University graduate courses will be used to determine the GPA. A grade of D will not count toward degree requirements. A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for graduation.
Students must complete at least 35 graduate credits in the program beyond the two foundation courses to complete the MSIS degree. Students must choose one of two tracks of specialization: the Management Concentration or the Technical Concentration. Each student is required to complete eighteen credit hours of core coursework, nine credit hours of track-specific coursework, three credit hours of elective coursework which may or not be in their chosen track, two credit hours of seminar coursework, and a three-credithour capstone course. The total number of credits to fulfill the requirements ranges from 35 to 41 credit hours, depending on whether the student was required to take two foundation courses because of insufficient academic background in computer science or management information systems.
POLICY ON INCOMPLETE GRADES
Credit for the capstone experience (68-595) will be deferred until the project has been completed to the satisfaction of both the student and the mentor. Until the project has been completed, a grade of I will appear on the student’s record for that course. For all other courses in which the student receives a grade of I, he or she has until the sixth week of the following semester to complete the requirements for the course. If the student fails to complete the requirements of the course before the six-week cutoff, the incomplete grade will be converted to a grade of “IF”, which is equivalent to a failing grade.