Master of Science in Applied Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics

At the conclusion of their studies, graduates of the Master of Science in Applied Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics degree should be able to:

  • Design and implement a comprehensive enterprise security program using both policy and technology to implement technical, operational and managerial controls.
  • Comprehensively investigate information security incidents and violation of law using computer resources in a manner such that all evidence is admissible in a court of law.
  • Technically secure enterprise information assets and resources to deter, detect, and prevent the success of attacks and intrusions.
  • Conduct and report on significant research in the areas of cybersecurity and/or digital forensics.

Illinois Institute of Technology has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This designation results from meeting stringent Center of Academic Excellence criteria and mapping of information technology and management curricula to a core set of cyber defense knowledge units. Students attending Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education institutions are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Corps® Scholarship for Service Program. This designation reflects Illinois Institute of Technology’s commitment to producing professionals with cyber defense expertise for the nation.

Students may choose from two research options to complete the degree:

Thesis Option

The thesis option requires coursework and six credit hours ITMT 591 for a total of 32 credit hours. The result is a master’s thesis.

Master's Project Option

The master's project option requires coursework and six credit hours of ITMS 539, ITMS 549, and/or ITMT 597 for a total of 32 credit hours. The result is a project that results in one of the following:

  1. A paper submitted for publication as an article or as a technical report
  2. A security or forensic software product
  3. A security hardware device or appliance

Software or hardware must have an accompanying technical report and user documentation.

Master of Science in Applied Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics (Thesis Option)

Required Core Courses (15) 1
ITMS 538Cyber Forensics3
ITMS 543Vulnerability Analysis and Control3
ITMS 548Cyber Security Technologies3
ITMS 578Cyber Security Management3
LAW 273Evidence3
Research Courses (6-8)
ITMT 591Independent Study and Research6-8
Elective Courses (9-11)
Select seven to nine credit hours from the following:7-9
Any 500-level ITMS course not listed in the required courses above. 2
3
Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Technology3
Information Technology Auditing3
Introduction to Open Source Software3
Special Projects in Information Technology3
Special Problems in Information Technology3
Select a minimum of two credit hours from the following: 32
National Security Law2
Electronic Discovery2

Minimum degree credits required: 32 

Master of Science in Applied Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics (Master's Project Option) 

Required Core Courses (15) 1
ITMS 538Cyber Forensics3
ITMS 543Vulnerability Analysis and Control3
ITMS 548Cyber Security Technologies3
ITMS 578Cyber Security Management3
LAW 273Evidence3
Research Courses (6)
Select a minimum of six credit hours from the following:6
Steganography3
Cyber Security Technologies: Projects & Advanced Methods3
Special Problems in Information Technology1-6
Elective Courses (11)
Select a minimum of nine credit hours from the following:9
Any 500-level ITMS course not listed in the required courses above. 2
3
Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Technology3
Information Technology Auditing3
Introduction to Open Source Software3
Special Projects in Information Technology3
Special Problems in Information Technology3
Select a minimum of two credit hours from the following: 32
National Security Law2
Electronic Discovery2
Total Credit Hours32