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School of Informatics and Computing


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The M.S. in Security Informatics (MSSI) offers an interdisciplinary focus that combines coursework in mathematics, protocol analysis, and system and network security, with business and economics, social engineering, human-computer interaction, and other disciplines. In addition, MSSI students choose a concentration in financial risk, computer science, criminal justice, or security education.


A total of 36 credit hours is required for this degree. With the approval of the director of graduate studies in informatics, a professional internship may be substituted for the applied security course requirements.

Required Security Informatics Courses

Courses Credit Hours
Applied Requirement 6
INFO I533 System & Protocol Security 3
INFO I520 Security for Networked Systems 3
INFO I525 Economics of Security 3
INFO I536 Foundational Mathematics of Cybersecurity 3
Computer Networking electives 6-9
Concentrations 6-9

Applied Security Requirement (6 cr.)

Students must complete the MSSI Applied Security Requirement (6 credits). This normally consists of up to six hours of internship credit, or six hours of applied courses, or may also be fulfilled by an independent study with Director approval.

Computer science networking electives (9 cr.)

Computer science networking electives must be selected either from the following list or from courses otherwise approved as computer science and networking electives by the program director.

Concentration electives (9 cr.)

Concentration electives can be from any school or college at Indiana University with courses related to the student’s area of interest. The Kelley School of Business teaches graduate courses on management of technology and information systems in organizations. The School of Public and Environmental Affairs teaches courses on risk behavior, policy, and decision-making. The Department of Telecommunications also offers courses in information economics, media studies, and information policy.

Suggested courses and concentrations:

  • Business Concentration
    • BUS F421 Derivative Securities and Corporate Risk Management (3 cr.)
    • BUS F525 Corporate Financial Risk Management (1.5 cr.)
    • BUS K490 Independent Study in Decision Sciences (1-3 cr.)
    • BUS S538 Organizational Information Systems Security (3 cr.)
    • SPEA V507 Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
    • SPEA V541 Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies (3 cr.)
    • SPEA E560 Environmental Risk Analysis (3 cr.)
    • SPEA V673 Public Policy Analysis and Management Science/Operations Research (3 cr.)
  • Criminal Justice Concentration
    • CJUS P430 Law and the Legal System (3 cr.)
  • Embedded Systems Concentration
    • CSCI B441 Digital Design (4 cr.)
    • CSCI C335 Computer Structures (4 cr.)
    • CSCI P415 Introduction to Verification (3 cr.)
    • CSCI P442 Digital Systems (4 cr.)
    • CSCI P545 Embedded and Real-Time Systems (3 cr.)
  • Forensics Concentration
    • CJUS P595 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice I (3 cr.)
    • CJUS P596 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice II (3 CR)
  • Psychology Concentration
    • PSY P533 Introduction to Bayesian Data Analysis I (3 cr.)
    • PSY P647 Decision Making under Uncertainty (3 cr.)
    • PSY P651 Perception/Action (3 cr.)
    • PSY P654 Multivariate Analysis (3 cr.)
    • PSY P820 Social Perception (3 cr.)
  • School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) Concentration
    • SLIS S514 Computerization in Society (3 cr.)
    • SLIS S532 Information Architecture for the Web (3 cr.)
    • SLIS S636 Semantic Web (3 cr.)
    • SLIS S642 Content Analysis for the Web (3 cr.)
    • SLIS S643 The Information Industry (1-3 cr.)
    • SLIS S671 School Media (3 cr.)
    • SLIS S680 The Book to 1450 (3 cr.)
  • Telecommunications Concentration
    • TEL T504 Introduction to Telecommunications Policy Studies (3 cr.)
    • TEL T512 Communication and Politics (3 cr.)
    • TEL T532 Economics of the Media Industries (3 cr.)
    • TEL T575 Directed Group New Media Design Project (3 cr.)
    • TEL T610 The Networked Society (3 cr.)
    • TEL T650 Telecommunications and the Constitution (3 cr.)

Concentrations can also be regional or cultural. Indiana University is home to exemplary centers and institutes for geographical and regional studies. Any of the cultural and regional studies can be combined with the study of network security; given the inherently global nature of the challenges. Some examples include: