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Information Security Leadership

Top-tier Master's. Part-time, 100% online.


With a Brandeis University Master's in ISL, you earn the confidence to attack any cybersecurity situation with both leadership and technical savvy.

Learn alongside leaders from many industries and significantly expand your exposure to cybersecurity threats of all kinds.

The information security industry is high stakes and always changing. There is immense responsibility to protect information in an ever-changing landscape of cyber security risk, and leaders know that an event could be catastrophic to companies, customers, and careers.  

A Brandeis MS in Information Security Leadership empowers you with the confidence of a top-tier master’s to lead through any cybersecurity challenge, and to influence decisions for risk prevention.

Our cutting-edge, industry relevant, 100% online curriculum for professionals will build your leadership savvy and skill in leveraging technical know-how. Since you will learn alongside cybersecurity leaders from many industries, including the military and finance, in small seminar-style classes with no more than 12 students, your exposure to cyber security threats of all kinds will be significantly expanded.  Brandeis University is ranked #34 among national universities by U.S. News and World Report, so with your MS in Information Security Leadership you will experience the confidence of someone who has earned a master’s from one of the top universities in the country.

The program will equip you to:

  • Develop a business case for investing in cybersecurity 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 part-time, online program has six required courses and four electives.

Admissions Criteria

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

  • Undergraduate degree with work experience AND/OR coursework in introduction to networking, introduction to computer science and introduction to computer security. 

If you're interested in pursuing this program and do not meet the prerequisites above, please speak with an enrollment coordinator about your options.

Take your place among the influencers with a MS in Information Security Leadership from Brandeis University.


Part-time, fully online, financially accessible.

Our industry relevant, 100% online curriculum for professionals will build your leadership savvy and skill in leveraging technical know-how.  

The 30-credit Information Security Leadership master's degree has 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.

Sample Fall 2018 curriculum

Please note that available courses are subject to change.

Required courses

  • Foundations of Information Security
  • Information Security Management
  • Principles of Computer Incident Response and Investigation
  • Principles of Risk Management in Information Security
  • Information Security and Compliance
  • Leading Security in Complex Organizations

Sample electives

  • Identity Management and Access Control
  • Information Technology Forensics and Investigations
  • Securing Applications, Web Services, and Software as a Service (SAAS)
  • Securing Mobile Applications and Data

View a complete list of program requirements.

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Your degree and the information security industry

Learn to lead through any cybersecurity challenge

As a GPS student you’ll learn alongside cybersecurity leaders across military, finance, retail and other industries.

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 Leadership 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 program is 85% male and 15% female.

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

42 students are currently working toward their Information Security Leadership 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 Leadership

Meet our featured faculty

Our Information Security Leadership faculty 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 Leadership faculty:

  • 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.
  • Robert Rue is a retired Army officer with over twenty years of leadership experience which includes over four years experience as an information technology director, most recently as a primary staff officer in a combat zone.

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

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