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Mathematics and Computer Science

At Marywood, you'll find an inspiring environment for the study of mathematics:

  • Small classes
  • Close relationships with faculty and students
  • Opportunities for independent research
  • The latest in computer facilities and software 

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Mission, Philosophy, and Goals

Students in the M.S. Information Security program will develop the technical and leadership skills needed to succeed in the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity. As all facets of society become more dependent on the internet, there is a growing demand for individuals with a background in information security. Skilled persons are needed who are capable of both detecting security holes in networks, as well as securing networks from unwanted intrusion. Students in this program are kept abreast of the latest developments in information security so they will be well prepared to meet the network security demands of the 21st century.

The stand-alone M.S. Program begins in Fall 2017.

Post-baccalaureate Entry

A B.A. or a B.S. in computer science or a closely related field is required. An undergraduate QPA of 3.00 or higher is expected.

A complete application will include:

  • Official, unopened transcripts for all undergraduate institutions attended.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references (former professors, work supervisors, etc.)
  • An essay of 1-2 pages in length describing career objectives and how the M.S. in Information Security will assist the applicant in achieving such goals.
  • A professional resumé.

To be considered for the program, applicants are required to submit an application for admission at least one semester prior to the planned summer or fall semester start date, along with the application fee, along with all accompanying documents and fee, if appropriate. Each application is reviewed by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Graduate Admissions Committee, and notification of the committee's decision is communicated by the Marywood University Admissions office.

Program Course Requirements


BUS 500+ Graduate Business (MBA) 3
CJ 500+ Graduate Criminal Justice 3
Interdisciplinary Total Credits 6


INSC 510 Legal Issues in Information Security 3
INSC 520 Introduction to Computer Security 3
INSC 530 Network Security 3
INSC 540 Introduction to Cryptography 3
INSC 545 Security Policies and Implementations 3
INSC 550 Digital Forensics 3
INSC 560 Applied Cryptography and Secure Communication 3
INSC 565 Operating System Security 3
INSC 5XX Graduate program Elective 3
INSC 5XX Graduate program Elective 3
Information Security Total Credits 30
Total Number of Credits: 36

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