M.S. in Cybersecurity with Information Systems and Technology Emphasis

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary program jointly provided by the departments of Information Systems and Technology (College of Business Administration) and Computer Science (College of Arts and Sciences).

The Information Systems and Technology emphasis is geared toward management of cybersecurity. This emphasis is designed for professionals from a diverse set of undergraduate backgrounds who wish to transition into management of information security or general IT management related work roles. Entry requirements include basic technical foundations and/or work experience related to Information Technology (IT).

Quick Facts

  1. Program Length: 30 Credit Hours (10 courses); 1 to 1.5 years full-time; or 3 years part-time
  2. STEM Designation: Yes. [CIP Code 11.1003 (Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance)]
  3. Admission Requirements:
    • UMSL Graduate School admissions requirements
    • Information Systems and Technology Emphasis area specific requirements (see details below)

Information Systems and Technology Emphasis Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements apply for the Information Systems and Technology Emphasis.

  1. Undergraduate Degree and GPA: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in any major with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Students whose GPA is between 2.75 and 2.9 may be admitted under a restricted status within the terms specified by the Graduate School.
  2. Competence: Prior to entry, students must demonstrate competence in the following areas (through prior course work or professional experience) or take coursework at UMSL to fulfill the entry requirements.
    1. Business Statistics (similar to undergraduate course SCMA 3300). Students without a background in statistics could take SCMA 5300 as a graduate student to fulfill this requirement.
    2. At least one semester of computer programming coursework or application development work experience (similar to undergraduate courses INFSYS 3806 or INFSYS 3844). Students without programming background can take either INFSYS 6805 or INFSYS 6806 as a graduate student to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Entrance examinations:
    1. GMAT/GRE: Not Required.
      • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are not required for admission. However, they may be used by students to strengthen their application when their overall GPA is below 3.0.
    2. English Proficiency: Non-native speakers of English must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score. The minimum TOEFL score for graduate admission is 79 iBT. The minimum IELTS score is 6.0.


Application Materials/Process

  1. Complete Graduate School Application: https://mba.umsl.edu/prospective/index.html
  2. Recommendation Letters (Optional): You may include your recommender's name and email address in your online application. Recommendation letters are not required, but can strengthen an application, particularly for applicants with a GPA below 3.0
  3. Submit official transcripts from all universities attended
    • Successful applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree before beginning the master’s program.


Application Deadlines

Applications may be submitted anytime and are processed as they are received. However, applications that are not received by the dates below may delay admission until the following semester.

For domestic applicants:

Fall Semester: July 1 | Spring Semester: December 1 | Summer Semester: May 1

For international applicants:

Fall Semester: May 1 | Spring Semester: October 1


Application Fee

$50 for domestic applicants; $40 for international applicants



Office of Graduate Business Programs

Ms. Francesca Ferrari, Director of Graduate Studies
104 Anheuser-Busch Hall
Phone: (314) 516-5885
Email: mba@umsl.edu


Information Systems and Technology Emphasis Degree Requirements

Students must meet all University of Missouri–St. Louis Graduate School degree requirements.


Candidates for the M.S. in Cybersecurity with Information Systems and Technology Emphasis must complete 30 credit hours of graduate course work subject to Graduate School requirements. Coursework includes 24 required credit-hours (8 required courses) and 6 credit-hours (2 courses) as electives.

Information Systems and Technology Emphasis
Course # Title Hours
Required Courses   
INFSYS 6820 Systems and IT Infrastructure 3
INFSYS 6836 Management of Data Networks and Security 3
INFSYS 6828 Principles of Information Security 3
INFSYS 6858 Advanced Cybersecurity Concepts 3
INFSYS 6868 Software Assurance 3
INFSYS 6878 Management of Information Security 3
INFSYS 6847 Project Management 3
INFSYS 6888 Capstone in Information Security 3
Required Courses Total 24
Electives (select 2 from following) 6
CMP SCI 5732 Cryptography for Computer Security  
CMP SCI 5750 Cloud Computing  
MGMT 5600 Managing People in Organizations  
INFSYS 5890 Internship in Information Systems  
INFSYS 5899 Individual Research in Information Systems  
INFSYS 6818 Management of Software Testing  
INFSYS 6891 Seminar in Information Systems (Spl. Topics)  
INFSYS 6860 Data Integration  
INFSYS 6837 Information Systems Architecture  
Other electives upon approval of Information Systems and Technology Department Chair
 Total Credit Hours 30