Completion of the MSSI program requires a minimum of 10 approved courses of three or more credit hours, or the equivalent, and a capstone project. Students must choose one of two tracks – Technology & Research Track or Policy & Management Track.
- Five Technology courses: at least four Core Technology courses including at least one Core Technology course in Cryptography.
- Three Core Policy/Management/Health courses: at least one Core Policy course and one Core Management course.
- Two additional courses from Core or Elective Technology categories; or when deemed appropriate relative to a student’s background, interests, and goals AND with the prior approval of the faculty advisor and the institute, from other course areas.
- Three Technology courses: at least two Core Technology courses including at least one Core Technology course in Cryptography.
- Five Core/Foundational Policy/Health/Management courses: at least one course from each of Core Policy/Management/Health categories and at least one Foundational Management course.
- Two additional courses from Core/Elective Technology or Core/Foundational Policy/Management/Health categories; or when deemed appropriate relative to a student’s background, interests, and goals AND with the prior approval of the faculty advisor and the institute, from other course areas.
- All the students must complete a capstone project supervised by a faculty mentor.
- All courses toward the degree requirement must be 400-level or above. Other courses can be used with the approval of the Institute.
- Courses not found on the area-specific lists can be used to meet area requirements with prior approval from the student’s advisor and the Institute.
- At most two independent study courses can be counted toward the course requirements.
- No courses with grades of P may be counted with the exception of independent study courses.
- At most two courses may be transferred from other institutions. The student’s faculty advisor and the director of Information Security Institute must approve such transfer courses.
- The overall grade point average of the courses counted towards the coursework requirements must be 3.00 or higher.
- At most two courses with grade less than B- may be counted towards the course work requirements. No courses with grade less than C- may be counted.
- A grade of D or F results in probation. A second D or F is cause for being dropped from the program.