Master of Science in Information Technology - Security Management

Colorado Technical University's Master of Science in Information Technology degree program with a Security Management specialization is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study how to set up secure infrastructure for an enterprise, and to help manage cloud and mobile computing. CTU's MSIT-SM program is available on campus in Denver, or Colorado Springs as well as online., and the school has been recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.* The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs for information security analysts are expected to grow by 18% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than average.1

For the third year in a row, CTU’s online Master of Science in Information Technology degree programs were ranked among the Best Online Programs by U.S. News and World Report.**

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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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  • Program Outline

    CTU's Master of Science in Information Technology-Security Management specialization comprises 48 quarter-credits, including core curriculum and the area of specialization. Students without an IT background must have at least two years of related work experience.

    Core Education. The core education area of the MSIT-SM program degree is 24 quarter-credits or six classes. Most classes are computer science- or IT- based and include:

    • Computer Systems Security Foundation
    • Enterprise Systems Architecture
    • Enterprise Data Management
    • Networking and Telecommunications

    Security Management Specialization. Students complete 24 quarter-credits in the area of specialization, learning about layered network systems mechanisms, authentication, different operating systems and more. Required classes include:

    • Data and Applications Security
    • Information Systems Auditing
    • Network Security
    • Security Management
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    Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    CS651Computer Systems Security Foundations4
    CS663Enterprise Systems Architecture4
    IT621Enterprise Data Management4
    IT640Networking and Telecommunications4
    MGMT690Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments4
    PM600Project Management Processes in Organizations4
    Total Credit Hours:24
    Courses: Specialization
    CS632Data and Applications Security4
    CS652Operating Systems Security4
    CS653Network Security4
    CS654Security Management4
    IT635Information Systems Auditing 4
    IT697Information Technology Capstone4
    Total Credit Hours:24

    Total Credit Hours: 48

    Preparatory Requirements

    The CTU Master of Science in Information Technology degree program is designed to provide technical depth in the issues and concerns for enterprise level solutions. In order to achieve this depth a solid foundation in Computer Science (CS) or Information Technology (IT) is required. Students without a CS or IT undergraduate degree must demonstrate at least two years of work experience in the field. Students who have successfully completed Colorado Technical University’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program meet the requirements necessary to gain entrance into the MSIT program.

    National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security

    The Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency have recognized Colorado Technical University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD). The CTU cyber security curriculum was certified thereby to map to the DHS/NSA cybersecurity knowledge units. This recognition and certification is valid through 2021.

    This CAE IA/CD designation is applicable to this degree program.

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    Master of Science in Information Technology

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  • Outcomes

    Students finishing CTU's MSIT-Security Management specialization degree program should be equipped to apply skills in the workplace. Some of these include:

    • Assess the need for, and make recommendations on the technical requirements necessary for the implementation of an effective security infrastructure.
    • Identify and describe the impact of implementing security components at the operating system and network level.
    • Develop effective enterprise level security policies, standards and procedures.

    Graduates of CTU's MSIT-SM degree program may be able to seek any of the following types of positions2:

    • Business Analyst or Business Systems Analyst
    • Firmware Engineer
    • Software or Systems Engineer
    • Systems Analyst
    • Software Development Engineer
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*CTU has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity for academic years 2014-2021 for its cybersecurity and information assurance programs

**Learn more about the U.S. News rankings for Colorado Technical University’s online degree programs.

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Information Security Analysts, on the Internet at (visited June 9, 2016). These are national details and conditions in your location may vary.

2; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.