Master of Science in Management - Information Systems Security Concentration

The Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Information Systems Security (MSM-ISS)is a 48-credit-hour program offered online and at the Colorado campuses. The degree includes 28 credit hours in the management core along with 20 hours in the information systems security concentration.

This program is designed to help technical leaders in security management to combat threats in today’s environment by developing an understanding of security management, network security principles, and certification and accreditation requirements. This program is designed to provide the student with the information system security skills necessary to manage and protect the vital technology assets of today’s organizations.

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Business and Management is to offer professional market-driven business degrees that build business competencies transferrable to all industries. The College of Business and Management accomplishes this mission by offering curriculum that aligns to industry standards, remains relevant, and builds practical skills applicable to the competitive global business environment.

Program Accreditations and Alignments
The Master of Science with a concentration in Information Systems Security delivered at the applicable ground campuses and Colorado Technical University’s Virtual Campus is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). CTU is also a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.).

PMI is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc..

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 cybersecurity 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.

MSM Program prepares the student to:
  • Evaluate the appropriate leadership and management actions needed across disciplines and in various global environments
  • Synthesize theory and practice in day-to-day managerial decision making and organizational change
  • Apply appropriate strategic, technical, operational, and ethical principles to solve organizational challenges and meet organizational goals and objectives

MSM Program Learning Outcomes

  • Lead, communicate, and direct technical business initiatives and day-to-day operations
  • Analyze, develop, and implement strategies for improving business processes and operations
  • Integrate Research and Development, marketing, production, and finance strategies
  • Apply project management practices to projects and initiatives

MSM-ISS Concentration Learning Outcomes

  • Plan projects effectively and successfully, taking into consideration the quadruple constraints of time, cost, resources, and specifications
  • Develop from the basic project plan a work-breakdown structure to the lowest granularity permitted by cost
  • Determine and calculate project risks according to classical risk analysis
  • Plan and manage contractual purchasing issues, including procurement and supply outsourcing and just-in-time acquisition
  • Evaluate and present project objectives, requirements, scope, and budgeting effectively to upper management
  • Define technical requirements for the implementation of an effective security infrastructure
  • Identify and describe the impact of implementing security components at all OSI layers
  • Develop effective enterprise level security policies, standards, and procedures
  • Identify and develop necessary enterprise/government systems certification and accreditation procedures and best commercial practices

Degree Requirements

Courses: Core

MGMT690Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments


IT635Information Systems Auditing


PM600Project Management Processes in Organizations


PM610Project Planning, Execution and Closure


PM620Schedule and Cost Control Techniques


PM630Contracting and Procurement in Project Management


PM665Project Management Capstone


Total Credit Hours:28

Courses: Concentration

CS651Computer Systems Security Foundations


CS653Network Security


CS654Security Management


CS661Software Information Assurance


CS662System Security Certification and Accreditation


Total Credit Hours:20

Total Credit Hours: 48


  • Colorado Springs
  • Aurora (Denver Area)
  • Virtual Campus

Area of Study

  • Business & Management
  • Information Technology

Degree Level

  • Master