Program Description

The Information Security for Computing Professionals (ISCP) program is a Master of Science in Computer Science with a concentration in information security.  This intensive, on-campus program begins in the Summer session with two initial courses.  With a full load in the Fall and Spring semesters, the student will earn 30 credits during the year and graduate in May.

To address the diverse background of the professional students, the ISCP program begins with two foundational courses covering foundational computer science material relevant to information security. The subsequent computer science courses include two required courses and four other security courses chosen by the student to allow for some flexibility of focus. These six CS courses provide a thorough knowledge base of the technical aspects of information security with an emphasis on systems, network, data, and software security, and the use of cutting-edge security techniques. Labs and projects will develop and strengthen a students' expertise in using tools and assessing security needs. Most course work will be project-based, possibly with industry involvement.

Two electives allow a student to broaden the degree by selecting from a wide range of related courses offered at Purdue University. See the Courses page for more information.

The table below summarizes ISCP degree requirements.

Outline of requirements for the ISCP program
Initial Two 3-credit foundational courses (CS 50010, CS 50011)
Core Two 3-credit information security courses (CS 52600, CS 55500)
Focus Four 3-credit information security courses from the list of approved CS courses (five courses total)
Electives Two 3-credit courses from the list of approved electives
Total credits 30
  • Program can be completed in one calendar year
    • Two summer foundational courses
    • Four courses each in Fall and Spring semesters
  • Flexibility in course selection allows specialization
  • 30 credits

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