The Master of Science with a major in Information Security Management is a 30-hour online only master’s program divided into six, three-credit hour required courses and four, three-credit hour elective courses. All courses are taught online asynchronously, so there is no need for students to live geographically near the university or schedule a particular time-of-day for class. This program’s curriculum is influenced by the domains of information security as articulated by the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification and the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification. Students completing this program will learn information security from the perspective of information security managers.
Satisfactory progress toward a degree requires that a student maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for all courses attempted. A minimum grade of C must be earned for each course and students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of graduation. All requirements for the ISM degree must be completed within five consecutive years.
Any student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 is placed on academic probation. While on probation, the student must earn a minimum of 3.0 each grading period until the cumulative GPA is raised to at least 3.0. Students who fail to earn at least a 3.0 during a semester they are on probation shall be recommended for academic dismissal from The Graduate School.
Where circumstances warrant, a student being considered for dismissal under the provisions of this policy may be permitted to continue as a student on probation. Failure to earn 3.0 GPA or higher in a semester when a student is on their second approved probation will result in a second and final dismissal from the program.