The MS in Information Technology Auditing and Cyber Security (MS ITACS) program prepares students for Information Technology (IT) risk management, cyber security and information systems auditing positions in business and critical infrastructure sectors of the economy identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The MS ITACS is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program aligned with the ISACA® model curriculum for Information Security Audit and Control, which enables our graduates to earn one year of work experience applicable toward the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA®) designation.
As a STEM program, the ITACS program opens doors for our students to apply for scholarships and entitles our international students to work in the U.S. for up to 29 months under their student visas without sponsorship. ITACS program’s alignment with ISACA’s Model Curriculum for Information System Audit and Control enables our graduates to earn one year work experience applicable towards CISA designation.
MS ITACS students take five common core courses focused on IT governance and risk management and specialized courses in one of two concentrations: Information Technology Auditing or Cyber Security. The IT Auditing concentration culminates in a capstone course that prepares the student for the CISA® certification exam, while the capstone course for the Cyber Security concentration prepares the student for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification exam. Qualified students with necessary prerequisites are able to take courses from both concentrations.
The figure below illustrates the ITACS program’s: core courses, courses of the IT Auditing concentration, courses of the Cyber Security concentration (Details on the ITACS curriculum and course descriptions can be found here):
Note*: The course “5122 Enterprise Architecture for IT Auditors” is provided to entering students who need additional background in the computer systems and information technology.