Carnegie Mellon University

The Information Networking Institute (INI)

M.S. Information Security


5000 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. Information Security

Format: Campus

Program Description:

In 16 months, the program enhances a technical education in computer systems and security with research/development opportunities and the option to take additional courses in areas complementary to security. Graduates may pursue doctoral degrees or positions as security experts equipped to manage the growing complexities associated with securing data, networks and systems.

This graduate degree program meets the criteria for the federal government's Scholarship for Service Program (SFS). U.S. citizens who are accepted may be eligible for a full scholarship and stipend through the SFS program.

The MSIS curriculum consists of three main components: the core courses, electives and the curriculum option/seminar. The core courses establish the necessary background and a common competence level, and the elective courses build upon the core. Students can choose from a wide variety of technical and management elective courses according to their interests and career needs.

A concentration is offered in Cyber Forensics & Incident Response. In this track, students devote a security elective (12 units) and their curriculum option (36 units) to developing skills in both host/network computer forensics and digital investigations.

Students are taught by CERT® faculty and trained on state-of-the-art software. All courses progressively build on one another, providing concrete skills along the way.

By pursuing the forensics track, you will be able to perform digital forensic investigations based on a solid understanding of the fundamental nature of digital evidence and an ability to apply the analytic and investigative tools in a forensically sound manner.


Middle States

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL, no more than 2 years old, is required with applicants whose native language/mother tongue is not English

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): 0 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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