Walsh College

Master of Science in Information Technology - Cybersecurity Concentration

Master of Science in Information Technology

with a concentration in Cybersecurity

The Walsh College Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT-CS) with a concentration in Cybersecurity degree is focused on preparing IT professionals to optimize information technology management to support of business strategies and goals. The MSIT-CS allows students to:

  • Employ information and information technology for strategic advantage
  • Apply critical, strategic, ethical, and innovative thinking to achieve results-oriented organizational goals 
  • Balance continuity and change in the development, implementation, and evaluation of information technology
  • Lead at enterprise level by linking critical decisions regarding resources, people, processes, and technologies to organizational performance and information assurance
  • Communicate at the strategic level demonstrating command of the topic, logical organization, compelling argument, and excellence in English grammar, syntax and commit to lifelong development as reflective learners

National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (NSA CAE/CD)

Walsh College is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE/CD) which identifies Walsh as one of a small set of academic institutions in the country to achieve this status. Walsh College was one of the academic institutions in Michigan to earn the previous designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and remains committed to maintaining its status as a leader in cybersecurity education. In addition to ensuring that its programs meet the CAE requirements, Walsh has also made sure that its programs align with two other external standards: Department of Defense 8570 and the Department of Homeland Security NICE Framework. 

Program Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the MSIT-CS program, an applicant must have the following:

  • An undergraduate degree or higher from a college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission or one of the following regional associations: Middle States, New England, Northwest, Southern or Western.
  • A cumulative grade point average of a 2.750 or better on a 4.000 scale. Individuals with a cumulative grade point average lower than 2.750 - but not below 2.000 - may be considered for acceptance to the graduate degree program based on work experience and prior business coursework.
  • A recommended minimum of two years professional work experience. 

The MSIT-CS program consists of 14 courses for 40 semester credits. A minimum of 28 credit hours must be completed in residence at Walsh College. Courses are offered online or in a hybrid 2+2 format, combining two hours of in-person classroom instruction and the equivalent of two hours of online learning.

MSIT-CS Program Core ( 10 Courses, 28 Credits)

 Core Courses
 IT 503  Ethics Seminar
 IT 504  Integrated Systems Thinking
 IT 505   Governance, Risk and Compliance
 IT 551  Fundamentals of Project and Portfolio Management
 IT 565  Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
 IT 566  Security Program Management
 IT 567  Business Continuity, Resilience and Crisis Management
 IT 575  Network and Enterprise Architecture
 IT 576  Data and Decision Making
 IT 599  Capstone

Cybersecurity Concentration (4 Courses, 12 Credits)

 Concentration Courses
 IT 511  Threats Vulnerabilities, Controls and Countermeasures
 IT 512  Intelligence Analysis Tools and Techniques
 IT 513  Social, Political and Cultural Impacts of Cybersecurity
 IT 514  Current Issues in Cybersecurity

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 must be earned while in residence. All other courses must be completed with a "C" or higher. For course descriptions and other detailed program information, please refer to the Walsh College Catalog.

 

Certifications

Students who have the following certifications are eligible for advanced standing course credit:

 

  • CGEIT Certification: IT 505
  • CISSP Certification: IT 565 and IT 566
  • CISM Certification: IT 505 and IT 566
  • PMP Certification: IT 551
  • SSCP Certification: IT 565

 

No GMAT Required

We evaluate your application in a careful review of what you have accomplished since graduating from college, together with your academic record in your other degree programs. Those are much better indicators of your success as an MBA student than a formal test score.

View graduate admission requirements or contact the Admissions & Advising office to schedule an appointment:

248-823-1610
admissions@walshcollege.edu