MS MIS/MS CYBSEC Dual Degree Program

The 100% online MS MIS/MS CYBSEC Dual Degree is offered jointly by Eller College of Management and the College of Engineering. The dual degree option allows MS MIS students to apply to the MS CYBSEC
program prior to completing their first year. With proper planning, a student can earn a Master’s in MIS (MS MIS) and a Master’s in Cybersecurity (MS CYBSEC) in eight academic semesters (fall, spring and summer), which is two years and eight months of part time study. 

University policy on dual degrees stipulates that a maximum of 50% of the credit hours for the shorter program may be counted toward both degrees. Therefore, the dual degree requires a total of 48 units (instead of the 63 units required to earn the two degrees separately).

The dual degree program is a good option for working professionals who would like to move from a non‐IT related job into a cybersecurity position, but lack the necessary technical background. Students will develop a solid technical foundation during the first year in the MS MIS program—the necessary foundation for the cybersecurity courses. They can then be accepted into the MS CYBSEC program on the Information Systems track. 

Requirements

Dual degree students must apply and be admitted to both the MS MIS program and the MS CYBSEC program. Successful applicants must meet the application deadlines and prerequisite knowledge for each program independently.

Individuals enrolled in the program will complete the core and required track courses for both programs.

For the MS CYBSEC degree:
       18 units of course work taken from the MS CYBSEC core and elective curriculum
       15 units of dual counted courses
       33 units

For the MS CYBSEC/ MS MIS degree: In addition to the above,
       15 units in MS MIS
       Total Units: 48

The following courses will count for both degrees.

Complete all four MIS core courses Choose one of the following MIS electives
MIS 515 (3 units)
MIS 516 (3 units)
MIS 517 (3 units)
MIS 545 (3 units)

MIS 511 (3 units)
MIS 514 (3 units)
MIS 578 (3 units)
MIS 587 (3 units)

 

Sample Plan of Study

Part-time 2 year and 8 month sample schedule (48 total units). Schedule can be adjusted depending on course availability and when the student begins the program.

KEY: 
Credits unique to MS MIS degree:                    15 units total
Credits unique to the MS CYBSEC degree:       18 units total
Common credits for both degrees:                   15 units total

Semester 1

8-week 1

MIS 515

Information Security in Public & Private Sectors

3

8-week 2

MIS 545

Data Mining for Business Intelligence

3


Semester 2

8-week 1

MIS 516

Information Security Risk Management

3

8-week 2

MIS 541

Information Systems Analysis & Design

3


Semester 3

8-week 1

MIS 531

Enterprise Data Management

3

8-week 2

MIS 517

Systems Security Management

3


Semester 4

8-week 1

MIS 507A

Software Design & Integration

3

8-week 2

SIE 571

Systems Cyber Security Engineering

3


Semester 5

8-week 1

MIS 696H

Master’s Project Report

3

8-week 2

MIS 562

Cyber Threat Intelligence

3


Semester 6

8-week 1

MIS 513

Business Foundations of IT

3

8-week 2

MIS 566

Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking & Social Engineering

3


Semester 7

8-week 1

ECE 578

Fundamentals of Computer Networks

3

8-week 2

MIS Elective

MIS 578, 511, 514 or 587

3


Semester 8

8-week 1

Elective

Elective from either MIS, SIE or ECE

3

8-week 2

MIS 689

Cyber Warfare Capstone

3

Total units for MS MIS/ MS CYBSEC Dual Degree: 48 units