Requirements on Students’ Preparation 

  • Entering students are expected to have completed a program of study equivalent to that required by at least an undergraduate minor in computer science and a computer science BS is recommended. 
  • Applicants from other disciplines must have coursework (or equivalent experience) in Computer System Fundamentals, Programming, Data Structures, and Discrete Math. 
  • If the necessary background courses are lacking, students must take undergraduate courses to possess these prerequisites. These courses will not count toward the MSEM degree but will appear on the transcript. 

Curricular Requirements 

A combination of five graduate courses, 600-level or higher, are taken from the Information Security Institute (, required as below: 

  • Two courses from the Core Technology and/or the Elective Technology course lists
  • One Core Policy course and one Core Management course
  • The fifth course from any of the above course categories
  • No more than three graduate-level courses by the Information Security Institute may be taken in one semester by an MSEM student in this concentration
  • Alternative selections are allowed at the advisor’s discretion