M.Sc. Information Technology (Information Security)(online)

Walden University
Walden’s study program M.S. in Information Technology (M.S.I.T.) offers you advanced training in the ever-evolving field of IT, preparing you to work in a business environment. The Information Security specialization provides advanced knowledge that will teach you to manage IT risks, become familiar with information ethics and various security techniques.
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Description of Information Technology (Information Security)

From core-programming and networking courses to advanced training in high-demand IT specializations, Walden’s M.S. in Information Technology (M.S.I.T.) program is designed to help you enter and advance in the fast-growing IT field. A leader in online education, Walden offers aspiring and experienced IT professionals the opportunity to learn in a state-of-the-art virtual environment featuring virtual labs and Walden’s exclusive MobileLearn® technology.

This program’s career-building format enables you to earn your Graduate Certificate in Information Systems after completing the first four courses and then pursue advanced study in one of these in-demand specializations:

  • Health Informatics
  • Information Assurance and Cyber Security
  • Information Security
  • Software Engineering
Why choose the Information Security specialization?

The Information Security specialization provides an opportunity to explore the field of information assurance. Learn how security governance structures in organizations can help you manage information technology risks. Study information ethics and gain valuable knowledge of security techniques used to detect, protect, and respond to security breaches. Develop the skills necessary to investigate and respond to various types of security incidents.


Rapid advancements in technologies, new business opportunities for leveraging technology applications, and the anticipated retirement of many senior-level information technology professionals are contributing to the growing demand for technology talent. Employment of computer and system administrators, computer system analysts, and computer information systems managers is expected to grow by 25% from 2008 to 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Earn your M.S. in Information Technology with a program that:

  • Provides the opportunity to create computer systems that make meaningful contributions to your organization.
  • Enables you to evaluate alternative information technology approaches that can give your organization a competitive advantage.
  • Takes advantage of the online environment and virtual laboratories to give you practical skills working with geographically dispersed, multidisciplinary teams.
  • Responds to the needs of employers in the information technology field.
Learning outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Apply core information-technology principles and practices.
  2. Develop and maintain stable, secure, scalable, and maintainable software.
  3. Work online to produce effective solutions to complex problems.
  4. Recommend appropriate solutions based on organizational needs.
  5. Identify and discuss professional, individual, organizational, societal, and regulatory implications of information systems and technology.
  6. Select technologies, policies, and procedures to assure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and IT systems.

The M.S. in Information Technology can help you prepare for senior-level or leadership positions in engineering, programming, security, and systems architecture, including positions in:

  • Computer software engineer
  • Database designer/architect
  • Information-technology security analyst
  • Network security analyst
  • Technology risk manager
  • Computer programmer
  • Application programmer
  • Systems programmer

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline no application deadlines
Start date Any time  2015
Credits 37 credits
Delivery mode Online
Educational variant Part-time
Intensity Flexible
Part-time variant Flexible
Structure Fully structured
Student interaction No interaction at all
Attendance No Attendance
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Completion Requirements

  • 37 total semester credits
    • Foundation course (1 sem. cr.)
    • Information technology core courses (21 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone (3 sem. cr.)

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable

Requirements for Information Technology (Information Security)

Admission requirements for Walden’s programs vary but generally include the following:

  • Official transcript(s)
  • A bachelor degree or higher
  • Applicable test scores
  • Completed online application
  • Employment history
  • List of transfer credits

Applicants must have successfully completed a higher education/ university-level degree or a comparable university degree. Additional academic qualifications may also be considered.

Work Experience for Information Technology (Information Security)

No work experience is required.

Technological Requirements

Access to a computer and the Internet.

More Information


At Walden, our goal is to help you reach yours. From your first inquiry about your online program, through every step in your studies, you can benefit from our wide range of student support services designed to help you succeed in attaining your degree online.

Founded in 1970, Walden University is a global leader in student-centred online education. A regionally accredited institution in the United States, Walden University attracts a community of extraordinary students and faculty from around the world.

Our quality online programs feature nationally recognized experts, accomplished faculty, and visionary leaders—all professionals who are dedicated to upholding the university’s high academic standards.


Walden University’s mission is to provide a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change. Three values—quality, integrity, and student-centred approach—are at the core of the university. A commitment to these values demands high standards of excellence, uncompromising openness and honesty, and primary attention to the progress of our students.


Accreditation is an important hallmark of quality. When evaluating credentials, employers and universities often look for applicants who earned their degrees from accredited universities.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The North Central Association is one of the six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The North Central Association is a U.S. membership organization for educational institutions that was created to develop and maintain high standards of academic excellence.

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