Online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems Concentration in Security

The MS in Computer Information Systems concentration in Security provides in-depth knowledge of emerging security threats and solutions to prepare technical leaders to identify, develop, and implement highly secure systems and networks that support organizational goals. Graduates are prepared for careers as information security analysts, system analysts, or information system leaders, among others.

Students who complete the MSCIS degree concentration in Security will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of information security concepts, governance, biometric systems, and database systems security, as well as network security and cryptography.
  • Proficiency in risk management, such as asset assessments, architectural solutions, modeling, and design.
  • Competence in security policies, processes, technology, and operations.

Awards & Accreditations

CNSS Certification Certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS)

 

Why Choose BU’s Master of Computer Information Systems?

  • U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs in Grad Computer Information Technology 2018In 2018, the MSCIS ranked #6 among the Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report).
  • The MSCIS program is certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNNS) through the National Security Agency’s INFOSEC Education and Training Program.
  • Boston University is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research.
  • Students benefit from a supportive online network, with courses developed and taught by PhD-level full-time faculty and professionals with hands-on expertise in the industry.
  • Small course sections ensure that students get the attention they need, while case studies and real-world projects ensure that they gain in-depth, practical experience with the latest technologies.

Meet Dr. Suresh Kalathur, one of the faculty members you’ll work with in the Computer Information Systems program.

Career Outlook

Computer and Information Systems Managers

12% increase in jobs through 2026

$139,220 median annual pay in 2017

Computer and Information Research Scientists

19% increase in jobs through 2026

$114,520 median annual pay in 2017

Information Security Analysts

28% increase in jobs through 2026

$95,510 median annual pay in 2017

Computer Systems Analysts

9% increase in jobs through 2026

$88,270 median annual pay in 2017

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

6% increase in jobs through 2026

$81,100 median annual pay in 2017

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2017-18 Edition

Best Technology Jobs, 2018 U.S. News & World Report

  • #1 Software Developer
  • #2 Information Security Analyst
  • #3 IT Manager
  • #4 Computer Systems Analyst
  • #5 Computer Network Architect
  • #6 Computer Systems Administrator
  • #7 Database Administrator
  • #8 Web Developer
  • #9 Computer Support Specialist
  • #10 Computer Programmer

Cybersecurity postings grew 91% from 2010 to 2014. This growth rate was faster than IT jobs generally.

The fastest increases in demand for cybersecurity workers were in industries managing increasing volumes of consumer data such as Finance (+137% over the last five years), Health Care (+121%), and Retail Trade (+89%).

Burning Glass Technologies Job Market Intelligence: Cybersecurity Jobs, 2015

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including graduate assistantships (up to $4,200 per semester), scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.

Curriculum

The online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems consists of ten courses (40 credits).

Faculty

Eric Braude

Eric Braude

Associate Professor and Director of Digital Learning, Computer Science
PhD, Columbia University; MS, University of Miami; MS, University of Illinois; BS, University of Natal (South Africa)

Lou Chitkushev

Lou Chitkushev

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Computer Science; Director, Health Informatics and Health Sciences
PhD, Boston University; MS, Medical College of Virginia; MS, BS, University of Belgrade

John Day

John Day

Lecturer, Computer Science
MSEE, BSEE, University of Illinois

Getting Started

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