Information Security

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Locations: Online
Course Delivery: Online

Computer requirements
White Hat Agreement

Average Completion Time: 2 years (10 courses minimum)
Registration Deadline: Rolling - Fall & Spring start only

What you need to apply

Program Overview

As a science and technology leader, you are not just a user of information. You are a creator of knowledge and an inventor of processes. The Master of Science in Information Security at Western Michigan University prepares you with the skills you need for your career in information security so you can fill a growing global need.

Through interactive training and real-world projects, you will learn steps for process building and implementation in today's business environment. Whether you are a business professional, engineer, computer science expert or information system specialist, you will be ready for success in your information security career.

Why Our Program?

The Information Security M.S. is entirely online. Courses are in an accelerated format; each one runs for 7.5 weeks. Completion of 30 credit hours is required you can complete the program in under two years.

The coursework prepares you to sit for exams for globally recognized industry certifications, including SANS GIAC, CISSP, CISA and ITIL.

Program faculty have been internationally recognized for their innovative curriculum by organizations such as Red Hat. Faculty are also involved in research in a variety of areas relating to information security, including: intrusion detection, security of wireless networks, secure e-commerce, risk management, information security audit and compliance, and privacy.

Credits earned through the Graduate Certificate in Information Security seamlessly roll into the Master of Science in Information Security, should you decide to pursue the degree instead.


The Master of Science in Information Security requires completion of 30 credit hours and offers two specializations.

Foundation Courses

You must complete both foundational courses.

Core Courses

You must complete at least five of the following six courses

  • CYCS 5730 Secure System Administration
  • CYCS 5740 Web Application Security
  • CYCS 5750 Software Development for Cybersecurity
  • CYIS 6710 Information Assurance and Security
  • CYIS 6720 IT Governance and Service Management
  • CYIS 6730 Cyberwarfare, Cybercrime, and Digital Forensics

Elective Courses

If you have completed all six core courses, you must complete two of the following electives. If you have completed only five of the core courses, you must complete three of the following electives.

Courses are offered in an accelerated 7.5-week-long format.

Application Requirements & Tuition

The Master of Science in Information Security has rolling admissions, meaning you can apply at any time and begin your coursework at the start of the fall or spring semesters. It takes approximately two weeks to review applications for the M.S. in Information Security. We highly encourage you to submit your application at least two weeks before the semester begins. You can review the semester start dates on the academic calendar.

You must have a bachelor’s degree before beginning this program. A bachelor’s degree in a technical or other discipline related to your chosen track is preferred. If you have a bachelor’s degree in another subject are, you should have some professional experience before applying to this program.

Applications must include all required documents before review can begin. Completion of the GRE is not required for admission to the Information Security master’s degree. A full list of application requirements is available through the WMU Graduate College.

Current tuition rates are available from the Office of the Registrar.

Career Outlook

Employment projections

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of growth for jobs in information security is projected at 37 percent from 2012–2022—that's much faster than the average for all other occupations.

If you have a specific job title or career goal in mind, CyberSeek has an interactive tool for you to look up employment projections for a number of information security and cybersecurity career paths.

Median Annual Wage

The median annual wage for information security analysts was $98,350 in 2018 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).