Computer Science Department

Master of Science in Information and Cybersecurity

Nearly every day there are incidents of computer hacking into bank records, business databases, government information, and more, causing untold damage to our economy and security.

In the Information and Cybersecurity (MSIC) program at ITU, you’ll benefit from a graduate education that goes beyond the typical cybersecurity program so you’re prepared to combat this global problem. Topics you’ll explore include network security, risk and data management, preventative measures, computer ethics, digital signatures, and cryptography.

Once you graduate, you’ll have the technical skills, experience, and knowledge to develop solutions from the ground up, making you into an in-demand cybersecurity professional in Silicon Valley and beyond.

58% of students are involved in internships 54 countries represented in our student body.
>50% Annual Earnings are double the national average in Silicon Valley. 27% Less Tuition: The average tuition for a Master’s degree at ITU is under $22,000

Curriculum

Our 39 credit hour curriculum is completed in 16 months. The 39 credit hours are composed of core courses, electives, cross disciplinary electives, capstone or thesis, and an internship.

Program Structure

Required Courses

  • 3 Core Courses (9 credit hours)
  • Elective Courses (15 credit hours)
  • Capstone course – Project or Thesis (3 credit hours)
  • Internship (up to 9 credit hours)
  • Nugget courses (up to 3 credit hours)
    • ITU Presents (1 credit hour)
    • ITU Nuggets (2 credit hours)

 

Elective Courses

A sufficient number of Elective Courses must be completed to bring the total of credit hours to 39.

A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) is required for granting of the Master’s degree.

 

Core Courses

    ICS 602 Cryptography and Advanced Cybersecurity
    ICS 503 Cybersecurity & Network Defense
    ICS 530 Ethical Hacking & Attack Countermeasures

    Capstone Courses

    SWE 690 Capstone Project
    or
    SWE 695 Master’s Thesis

    Internship

    INT 593 Internship (1 credit hour required)

     

    Transfer Credits

    Up to 9 credit hours from a graduate program of a regionally accredited school with department chair’s approval.

     

    ITU Presents

    PRE 500 ITU Presents (1/3)

     

    ITU Nugget Courses

    1/3 credit to 2 credit courses

    IDS 558 1 Blockchain and Peer to Peer Software Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Weekend
    IDS 525 1 Digital Forensic in Finance & Accounting Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Regular
    IDS 526 1 HTML/CSS Programming & JavaScript Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Regular
    IDS 520 1 Introduction to AI & Machine Learning Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Weekend
    IDS 568 1 Introduction to Cryptography Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Regular
    IDS 569 1 Introduction to Cybersecurity Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Regular
    IDS 567 1 Introduction to Digital Forensics Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Regular
    IDS 540 1 Introduction to Python Programming Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Weekend
    IDS 570 1 Mobile and Wireless Ethical Hacking Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Regular
    IDS 515 1 Mobile Applications (iOS, Android, and IoT) Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Regular
    IDS 566 1 Python for Cybersecurity Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Regular
    IDS 527 1 Python for Excel and data analysis programming Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Regular

    Elective Courses for the Three MS Programs

    In each of the 3 MS programs (MSCS, MSIC, MSSE) Electives must be chosen from the list below so that the total number of credit hours is at least 39. All electives count in each program, except when explicitly stated otherwise.

    ICS 690 1 Capstone Project Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Weekend
    ICS 602 1 Cryptography and Advanced Cybersecurity Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Weekend
    ICS 503 1 Cybersecurity & Network Defense Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Regular
    ICS 630 1 Digital Forensics & Internet Security Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Online
    ICS 530 1 Ethical Hacking & Attack Countermeasures Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Regular
    ICS 635 1 Penetration Testing Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Regular
    ICS 636 1 Threat Intelligence Sep 7, 2021 – Dec 19, 2021 | Regular
    AMS 510 Linear Algebra (3)
    AMS 540 Discrete Mathematics (3)
    AMS 750 Abstract Algebra (3)
    AMS 760 Practical Number Theory (3)
    CEN566 Routing in Computer Networks (3)
    CSC505 The UNIX/Linux OS (3)
    CSC507 Unix/Linux System Administration (3)
    CSC509 Windows Administration (3)
    CSC511 OO Programming with C++ (3)
    CSC512 Data Structures (3)
    CSC515 I-Phone Application Development (3)
    CSC518 OO Programming with Java (3)
    CSC519 Android Application Development (3)
    CSC520 Python Programming (3)
    CSC527 Mobile Web Development (3)
    CSC570 Web Security Fundamentals (3)
    CSC580 Computer Algorithms (3)
    CSC633 Machine Learning (3)
    CSC670 Network and Data Security (3)
    CSC730 Cryptography & Cryptanalysis (3)
    CSC750 Coding Theory (3)
    CSC760 Advanced Topics in Data Science (3)
    ICS550 Security Policies (3)
    ICS520 Personal Computer Security (3)
    ICS620 Computer Malware (3)
    ICS630 Digital Forensics Technology (3)
    ICS688 Special Topics (3)
    SWE510 Information Security Countermeasures (3)
    SWE520 Principles of Ethical Hacking (3)
    SWE530 Cloud Computing Security (3)
    SWE561 Cloud Computing (3)

    Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or a master’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination; Score of 72 or better for the internet-based test (iBT). Proof of English proficiency:* All applicants whose native language is not English and who did not receive either a bachelor’s or graduate degree from an English-speaking institution must take an English proficiency test.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination; Band score of 6.0 or better for the academic module. Demonstrated commitment to contribute to and complete the program

    * U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. are waived from this requirement.

 

     

     

    Who
    should
    apply

    ITU’s Information & Cybersecurity program is designed for students who want to acquire in-demand technology skills while learning in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment in Silicon Valley.

    Learning Outcomes

     

    • Be able to secure organizations’ on-premise and cloud-based computing resources.
    • Demonstrate in depth knowledge of IS techniques to provide leadership for effective solutions to security problems.
    • Have sound knowledge of IS techniques that play a role in organizational processes and decision making.
    • Communicate effectively risk management issues and their impacts to a variety of audiences.
    • Understand the legal and appreciate the ethical importance of ICS for individuals as well as organizations.
    • Business enabler in organizations such as finance, insurance, healthcare, e-commerce, and mail services.
    • Work as security expert in federal agencies for whom cyber security is of highest importance such as DOD, DHS, and FBI.