2017-2018 Catalog

Master of Science in Information Systems

The Master of Science in Information Systems program is designed to present students a broad range of topics across the technology spectrum coupled with the skills that promote technology leadership and technology-inspired organizational change management.

The program emphasizes the application of technology to organizational requirements while fostering communications skills, information literacy, abstract thinking and critical analysis. This program is consistent with the technologies, controls and security practices used and supported by numerous organizations. In order to affirm program currency and relevance, the curriculum was designed and aligned with expert guidance along with peer-reviewed curricular body recommendations. Students are expected to demonstrate computer, analytical, leadership and critical thinking skills in order to succeed in Master of Science in Information Systems program.

Students who have not earned degrees from appropriate fields of study may be required to take additional coursework as a prerequisite for completing the program.

Within this curriculum, students have the option of choosing a concentration in:

  • Computer Forensic Management
  • Computer Security Management
  • Enterprise Network Management
  • Information Systems Management
  • IT Project Management
  • Software Engineering Management

This program is not available at the Mississippi or New Jersey campuses, and is available in an online-only format to Mississippi and New Jersey students. 

The National Security Agency’s (NSA) Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) has certified that Strayer University’s security curriculum has been reviewed by the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation Review Committee (IACE) and determined that it meets national training standards for information systems security professionals and system administrators, NSTISSI No. 4011 and 4013.

The university recognizes that the IT industry uses IT certifications as a means of vetting potential IT professionals in the fields of computer networks, database management, network security, technical support, and more.  Therefore, a number of carefully chosen courses have embedded IT certification training along with academic rigor in order to prepare student for getting certified.  Certifications are the best means of validating a student's skills and knowledge.

Area I-Core Component

Required Courses

CIS 500Information Systems for Decision-Making

CIS 502+Theories of Security Management

CIS 505Communication Technologies

CIS 510Advanced Systems Analysis and Design

CIS 512Advanced Computer Architecture

CIS 515Strategic Planning for Database Systems

CIS 517IT Project Management

CIS 524Computer Interaction and Design

CIS 599Graduate Information Systems Capstone

Total Credit Hours:40.5

Area II-Concentration Component

Students must choose one of the following Area II Concentration Components to complete the Master of Science in Information Systems.

Computer Security Management Concentration

CIS 534Advanced Network Security Design

CIS 542+Web Application Security

CIS 552Cybercrime Techniques & Response

Total Credit Hours:13.5

Computer Forensic Management Concentration

CIS 558+IT Audit and Control

CIS 560Security Access & Control Strategies

CIS 562Computer Forensics Planning

Total Credit Hours:13.5

Enterprise Network Management Concentration

CIS 513Enterprise Wireless Networks

CIS 532Network Architecture and Analysis

CIS 539Cloud & Virtual Computing

Total Credit Hours:13.5

Information Systems Management Concentration

CIS 525Advanced Agile Project Management

CIS 527+IT Risk Management

CIS 558+IT Audit and Control

Total Credit Hours:13.5

IT Project Management Concentration

BUS 519Project Risk Management

CIS 525Advanced Agile Project Management

CIS 554IT Project Leadership Strategies

Total Credit Hours:13.5

Software Engineering Management Concentration

CIS 518Advanced Software Engineering

CIS 554IT Project Leadership Strategies

CIS 555Requirements Engineering

Total Credit Hours:13.5

All courses are 4.5 quarter credit hours.

Total Credit Hours: 54.0

+Course and certification availability subject to change. Some courses may require pre-requisites first be satisfied through completion of the course at Strayer University, transfer credit or review of previous certifications earned. Contact your Campus Dean or Associate Campus Dean for additional information.