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The online Master of Science degree in Information Systems and Security (MS-ISS) at Our Lady of the Lake University prepares students for multiple industry certifications and IT professional technical management roles requiring advanced credentials. The information systems core focuses on the high-level study of database management, systems analysis and design, telecommunication and networking, information systems platforms and other advanced information systems topics, while the information assurance concentration prepares students to recognize and assess cybersecurity issues, plan and manage solutions and address current challenges for security professionals. The program has an applied focus, emphasizing learning concepts and skills that students can put to use right away in their current jobs.

National Designation

OLLU has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is part of an elite group of colleges and universities nationwide to receive the designation.

Available Programs

This program is designed to prepare information technology professionals to assume executive technical management positions. The curriculum includes information systems and information assurance.

MS-ISS degree plan and course descriptions

This certificate is available for non-degree seeking IT professionals who wish to transition into cybersecurity-related roles. The certificate program only requires 15 credit hours of Information Assurance courses. The certificate can be completed in 12 months. 

Information Assurance and Security Certificate degree plan and course descriptions

Program Delivery

The MS-ISS program is a fully online program that is comprised of asynchronous classes, meaning that there are no synchronized times that the entire class needs to be online at the same time. Additionally, the program does not follow a set sequence, allowing for greater flexibility in choosing which courses to take. CISS faculty members develop a strong rapport with students and strive to know each students' strengths, challenges and interests. The MS-ISS degree requires only 30 credit hours (10 courses). Full-time students can complete the degree in as few as 12 months.

Certification Preparation

Coursework in the MS-ISS program covers the knowledge domains of major cybersecurity certifications, such as CompTIA® Security+ and ISC2® CISSP, as well as other essential and leading-edge technology issues. By completing the program, students have the foundational knowledge to pursue these and other certifications.

Foundation Course

Students without an IT-related undergraduate degree, but meet all of the other admission requirements, will take a six-credit hour foundation course designed to provide the necessary foundation in the basic information systems concepts of operating systems, programming, analysis and design, networking and databases. Successful completion of this course meets the technology background requirement for the program.

Center for Information Assurance Management and Leadership

Students in OLLU’s CISS program have access to the University’s Center for Information Assurance Management and Leadership (CIAML). The center was created to provide access to high-quality information assurance and security policies, procedures, standards and guidelines for the industry, the government and higher education. It serves as a resource for students and the community.

Faculty

Full-time faculty members in the Computer Information Systems and Security Department and the School of Business and Leadership have extensive professional and academic experience. Most have doctoral degrees and/or professional certifications. Seasoned practitioners who teach selected courses complement full-time professors as adjunct faculty. View School of Business Faculty

Admission Requirements

  • Application and nonrefundable application fee
  • An undergraduate degree in a technical discipline or successful completion of the Foundation Course
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 overall and 3.2 in the major field of study
  • A satisfactory score on either the GRE or GMAT; test must be taken within the last five years
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities attended; transcripts must include baccalaureate or higher (if applicable) degrees earned and date conferred
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