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Master of Science in

Information Security

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Master of Science in Information Security

Prove the value of investing in security and risk management within your enterprise

With the pervasive growth of Cloud computing, mobile devices and web-based applications, information security issues are becoming increasingly relevant at both national and global levels. As news about severe security breaches make headlines on a regular basis, organizations in both the public and private sectors seek to proactively protect themselves against malicious security attacks. Information security professionals in leadership roles are needed more than ever.

Designed for working professionals looking to advance their careers along with their educational goals, our online M.S. in Information Security stands apart because it equips students to:

  • Develop a business case for investing in security and risk management.
  • Inform and influence senior executives to commit to obtaining and maintaining this investment.
  • Oversee the planning, acquisition and evolution of secure infrastructures.
  • Assess the impact of security policies and regulatory requirements on complex systems and organizational objectives.

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The 30-credit program consists of six required courses and four electives.

Admissions Criteria

Those applying to the Information Security program should meet the following criteria:

  • An undergraduate degree in a technical field (such as computer science or software engineering), with focus areas in data communications, TCP/IP protocol suite, networking devices, and a programming or scripting language, OR
  • An undergraduate degree in a technical field with work experience in lieu of courses.


M.S. in Information Security

The 30-credit Information Security program is comprised of six required courses and four electives. Required courses provide students with a focused education surrounding fundamental topics in the field, while electives build upon specific professional skillsets and allow students to enrich and round out their studies.

Below is a sample Information Security curriculum. Please note that available courses are subject to change.

Required courses

RIAS 101: Foundations of Information Security
RIAS 102: Information Security Management
RIAS 125: Principles of Computer Incident Response and Investigation
RIAS 150: Principles of Risk Management in IT Security
RMGT 175: IT Security and Compliance
RIAS 180: Leading Security in Complex Organizations

Possible electives (students would choose four)

RIAS 110: Applied Cryptography and Identity Management
RIAS 115: Information Technology Forensics and Investigations
RIAS 120: Securing Applications, Web Services, and Software as a Service (SAAS)
RIAS 130: Software Security Testing and Code Assessment

Click here for a complete list of program requirements.


Advance your education and career

Professionals specializing in information security excel in assessing security risks and evaluating potential protective tools. They are prepared to oversee organizations' information security life cycles and infrastructures.

Our students work or have worked at prestigious organizations such as:

  • EMC
  • Analog Devices
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Raytheon
  • RSA Security
  • Mathworks
  • Parametric Technology Corporation

Information Security students often hold job titles such as:

  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Support Specialist
  • Director of IT and Security
  • Test Engineer
  • Technical Support Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • IT Service Desk Manager
  • Sr. Manager Network Services
  • Director, Information Security

Our students

By the numbers

The median age of Information Security students in the program is 38.

The program is 86% male and 14% female.

32 students have graduated from the program since it launched in 2008.

58 students are currently working toward their Information Security degree.

“As an online learner at Brandeis GPS, I found the coursework and support resources convenient and accommodating. In fact, I rarely felt as though my studies were an interruption. What I learned was immediately applicable, and I continue every day to benefit from the understanding the courses gave me.”
— Scott Paddock, GPS Student

Information Security

Featured Instructors

Our Information Security instructors understand the challenges of modern industry. Whether they’re designing networks to combat malware or consulting with organizations to help them improve their security systems, they structure their GPS curriculum to draw on real-world expertise and connections that ultimately help our students advance their career goals. Here is a sampling of our Information Security instructors:

  • Charles L. Brooks is the owner and principal consultant at Security Technical Education, which offers course development, training, delivery and technical writing and reviewing services. He has a broad background in information security, including network forensics, VPN technologies, PKI, LAMP and secure software development. His current interests lie in network forensics analysis, securing virtualized environments, and examining the common threads that unite security testing, hacking, and malware analysis.
  • Ramesh Nagappan is a Technologist at Sun Microsystems. He has extensive experience with, and remains focused on, securing applications, XML Web services, and identity management technologies. He is the co-author of Core Security Patterns (Prentice Hall) and four other books on topics related to J2EE, EAI and XML Web services.
  • Derek Brink is a Vice President and Research Fellow covering topics in IT Security and IT GRC for Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company. In his work, he helps organizations improve their security and compliance initiatives by researching, writing about and speaking about the people, processes and technologies that contribute to leading performance.

Visit the Rabb School instructor directory for a full list of Brandeis GPS instructors.

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