Protect against Cyber Attacks

Available online, on campus, and in a blended format, the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in Security at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) is designed to immerse you in the fast-paced world of technological innovation—preparing you for IT leadership positions in all sectors.

Program at a Glance

  • Top 10 Online Program since 2014
  • Online, On Campus, and Blended
  • Part-Time or Full-Time Study
  • 40 Credits
  • 18–24 Months to Completion
  • 17 Core Faculty
  • No GRE/GMAT
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Advance Your Career with a Master’s in Computer Information Systems

In 2019, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received 467,361 complaints, with losses exceeding $3.5 billion. The number of complaints since 2015 is close to 2 million, with $10 billion in losses. From email compromises, phishing scams, and ransomware to corporate data breaches or even cyberterrorism, businesses face unprecedented threats from cybercriminals.

Having information security systems in place to protect the assets of the organization, employees, and clients is essential. The BU MET master’s in Computer Information Systems concentration in Security positions you for exciting careers protecting organizations against acts of cybercrime. Roles such as information security analyst are expected to surge through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with much faster than average job growth of 32 percent and median annual salaries in excess of $90K. There remains, however, a significant talent gap as organizations scramble to employ and retain qualified cybersecurity engineers, cybersecurity analysts, cybersecurity consultants, cybersecurity managers/administrators, cybersecurity architects, and others.

#8 in Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs

#8 Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs

MET’s online master’s degrees in computer information technology are ranked #8 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2021.

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A National Center of Academic Excellence

Boston University has been designated a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense and Research by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Our information security programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

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“My job is extremely diverse, it involves risk management, security policy and procedure development, vendor reviews, network security, and enterprise security as a whole. These are all subjects that I took directly at BU MET with professors who are experienced and elevated within their fields. I was not only able to gain more knowledge, but my security insight matured to a level that I thought unachievable prior to entering my master’s program. All of the topics covered in my program I used in my job interviews, and in my job. Best choice I made.”Ian Hill (MET’19), Information Security & Privacy Cloud Analyst, Partners HealthCare

Why BU’s Computer Information Systems Degree Has Been Top 10 since 2014

  • Recognized & Certified: Boston University is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense and Research. BU MET’s information security programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).
  • Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s Computer Information Systems courses ensure you get the attention you need, while introducing case studies and real-world projects that ensure you gain in-depth, practical experience with the latest technologies. BU’s Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS) offers opportunities to collaborate and participate in research on system reliability and information security.
  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Computer Information Systems master’s program, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified faculty and industry leaders who have hands-on involvement in information security and fighting cybercrime for the world’s top companies.
  • Extensive Network: Study information systems alongside peers with solid business experience, learn from faculty who have valuable IT contacts across several sectors, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
  • 15:1 Class Ratio: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty and access to support.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, and many others.
  • Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus, fully online, or in the blended format that combines on-campus and online learning. Courses begin fall, spring, and summer; online courses have two starts per term.
  • Track Record: Learn from the best—BU MET’s Department of Computer Science was established in 1979 and is the longest-running computer science department at BU. Over its four decades, the department has played an important role in the emergence of IT at the University and throughout the region.
  • Merit Scholarships: All applicants are automatically considered, and admitted students are nominated based on eligibility.

Master the Tools to Excel in Computer Information Systems

The Security concentration is part of BU MET’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS). BU’s industry-leading MSCIS curriculum combines in-depth technical skills and emerging technology management. The concentration in Security provides thorough 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.

BU MET’s Computer Information Systems master’s degree prepares you for jobs that are seeing faster-than-average growth and excellent salaries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for computer and information systems managers (for instance) is more than $146,000. And with seven concentrations, the Computer Information Systems master’s encompasses several other fast-growing and well-paid segments of the IT job market, providing the foundation for work as an application analyst, data analyst, data scientist, cybersecurity analyst, IT consultant, network and computer systems administrator, computer systems analyst, database administrator, and many other integral positions in an organization.

Graduate with Expertise

Metropolitan College’s Computer Information Systems master’s degree concentration in Security will equip you with:

  • Advanced knowledge in the analysis and documentation of requirements for architecture, design, and implementation of computer applications systems.
  • Proficiency in software and computing skills as they pertain to the design and implementation of database systems, data communications, systems analysis, and design.
  • Competence sufficient to identify current and emerging information technologies that may have strategic value for enterprise; assess where those technologies have value; and manage the implementation of those technologies in the enterprise.
  • 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.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

You can also earn the master’s in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Security by completing the BU MET Graduate Certificate in Information Technology and Graduate Certificate in Information Security, plus two additional courses: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (MET CS 546) and either Information Structures with Java (MET CS 520) or Information Structures with Python (MET CS 521). An alternative path is to complete the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology and Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics, plus MET CS 546, MET CS 520 or MET CS 521, and two additional courses: IT Security Policies and Procedures (MET CS 684), and Enterprise Cyber Security (MET CS 695). To be eligible for the degree, you must apply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Connect a with a graduate admissions advisor at csadmissions@bu.edu to learn more about this option.


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