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Information, Network, and Computer Security, M.S.

The Department of Computer Science offers a Master of Science in Information, Network, and Computer Security. The program, applied in nature, is focused on the study of several important security skills that are in short supply. It addresses aspects of security, providing a comprehensive understanding of security and its implications on networks, web services, infrastructure, databases, and software design. Specific areas of study include, but are not limited to, best practices in security, network protection, intrusion detection, and hacker exploits.

The degree is ideally suited for students with engineering and computer science backgrounds who intend to play a leading role in implementation and management of computer and network security systems.

The program is supported by the Network and Information Security Laboratory funded by the Office of Naval Research.

The program's objective is to provide students with depth and breadth in the area of information, network, and computer security. The program will prepare students for employment and further graduate studies in computer science and computer security.


The curriculum is comprised of 30 credits and divided into mandatory and optional courses. Requirements include four fundamental core groups. In addition, students consult with an advisor to choose elective credits from a select group, which will be geared to their interests and professional goals.

*Students who choose to concentrate in computer security must take 12 credits of information, network, and computer security courses approved by academic advisors.

Thesis Option Master's Degree1

Students selecting this option will be required to complete 30 credits, which include six credits of M.S. thesis courses. Full-time students typically take two semesters to complete a thesis, which entails planning and conducting research and writing a thesis. Depending on a thesis topic, students will gain specialized skills and knowledge to make them better qualified for research and development jobs at companies. The thesis may also lead to advanced degrees beyond the Master of Science. With the approval of a supervising thesis advisor, qualified students may be allowed to pursue a master's thesis option, which must satisfy all policies and course requirements for the master's degree with the following exceptions:

  • Students must enroll in two semesters of INCS 890 - MS Thesis I and INCS 891 - MS Thesis II for a maximum of six credits.
  • Students are required to prepare and verbally defend a formal thesis in accordance with criteria established by the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. A formal written thesis will be archived in the NYIT library.2

1 Not offered in NYIT-Vancouver campus
2 All master's theses must strictly adhere to the Master's Thesis Policies and Guidelines published by the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences of NYIT


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