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Master of Science with a Major in Information Security Management

 

Overview

The Master of Science in Information Security Management (MS ISM) provides a master’s level exposure to the knowledge and skills required to protect an enterprise’s information assets, educating professionals in the fields of information security, governance of IT, and risk management. Please visit this page for a program overview and detailed information about required classes.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Fall Entry: May 1

Spring Entry: Nov. 1 

Summer Entry: No summer entry

 

NOTE: All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.

NOTE: Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

CAMPUS AND PROGRAM DELIVERY

Campus: Main-Augusta

Program Delivery: Courses may be offered in either a traditional/on-campus format or in an online format. Refer to the schedule of classes for courses offered and format.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 

Complete the Graduate Admissions Application Online

Application Fee: $50

Minimum Degree Requirement: Minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to admissions@augusta.edu. 

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement. 

References: Recommendations (which include a reference form and letter of recommendation) from three individuals are required. Referees should be individuals qualified to critically assess the applicant's prior academic (usually college professors), employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience (clinical or research supervisor/manager) and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant's potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected.

Graduate reference forms and letters of recommendation can be submitted online only. As part of the online application process, applicants provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals they have asked to serve as their referees. Once the online application is submitted, each referee will receive an email notification directing him/her to the online site where he/she can complete the reference form and submit his/her letter of recommendation. To change a referee after the application has been submitted, the applicant is instructed to log into his/her ApplyWeb (CollegeNet) account and update the name and current email address for the referee. Status updates of your referees' submissions will be provided to you directly from ApplyWeb (CollegeNet). 

Standardized Tests: Official test scores are required. GMAT, GRE, DAT or MCAT scores will be accepted if less than five years old. Official exam scores must be submitted to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions. The standardized exam requirement may be waived for individuals meeting one or more of the requirements below:

  • An earned terminal degree (PhD, MD, DMD, JD, etc.);
  • An earned master’s degree in a relevant field;

  • An earned bachelor’s degree in a technology related field (e.g., computer science and information technology) with a GPA of 2.8 or higher;
  • An earned bachelor’s degree in a technology related field (e.g., computer science and information technology) with 2+ years of relevant work experience in a related field;

  • Documentation of having a relevant advanced military occupation specialty (e.g., 255S, 35D);
  • Documentation stating the successful completion of a relevant advanced security certification (e.g., CISSP, CISM); or
  • Documentation stating the successful completion of relevant advanced coursework (e.g., SANS courses).

To be considered for a waiver, please submit a letter of request highlighting the appropriate justification above with supporting documentation.

  • GRE Requirement:
    All GRE scores must be official and submitted to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS). The institution code for submission of GRE scores to Augusta University is 5406. Please do not select a department code. 
  • GMAT Requirement:
    All GMAT scores must be official and submitted to Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admissions directly from www.mba.com. Please select to send the scores to Augusta University - James M. Hull College of Business – MS ISM, Full Time/Part Time. .
  • TOEFL Exam Scores: Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English.
    • All official TOEFL scores must be official and submitted to Augusta University directly from Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than two years old. The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
    • Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.
    • Minimum scores:
      • 213 computer-based,
      • 79 internet-based, or:
      • 550 paper-based (PBT) for test takers who took the PBT prior to October 2017, and were scored on the old scoring scale of 310-677
      • No minimum for the revised paper-delivered test (PDT) taken on or after October 2017, and scored on the new scoring scale of 0-30 for each section (Listening, Reading and Writing).

Proof of Lawful Presence: In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to the Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are U.S. Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to admissions@augusta.edu.

Testing and Disability Services: The Office of Disability  Services provides a variety of services and accommodations to meet the needs of disability related concerns in accordance with the Americans with Disability Act – Amended Act (2008), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Board of Regents' policies. Accommodations for students with disabilities are made on an Individual basis. For more information please visit The Testing and Disability Services website at http://www.augusta.edu/tds/index.php or contact them at tds@augusta.edu

NOTES:

  • While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with Augusta University's Office of Academic Admission for recent updates.
  • Substitutions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.
  • Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.

Resume or CV (curriculum vitae): including date of most current revision 

MS ISM students are expected to

have a strong working knowledge of networking and security. Students with undergraduate technology related degrees and work experience are expected to benefit the most from this program. For more information and guidance please contact Markus Bacha at cyber@augusta.edu or 706-7-CYBER-A.

Ideally, students should have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher and either a GMAT score of 500 or higher or a GRE score of 300 or higher. However, students will be evaluated holistically based on all application material and the aforementioned numbers should not be considered a minimum

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Graduate students are admitted through a cooperative effort between The Office of Academic Admissions, The Graduate School (TGS; program’s administrative home) and the colleges or departments that offer TGS graduate degree or certificate programs (program’s academic home). TGS graduate programs enjoy a significant amount of autonomy to make admissions recommendations, while The Graduate School provides oversight to help set and ensure high academic standards in making the final decision. Admission to TGS graduate programs is a multi-step process:   

Applications and references are submitted via the ApplyWeb (CollegeNet) online systems. Completed applications and references will be transferred from CollegeNet systems to Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admissions (OAA) for processing into the Augusta University electronic applicant database system.  Programs will have access to applicant’s files and documents only after OAA has officially processed them into the Augusta University electronic applicant database system. 

Application materials and documents (e.g. transcripts, proof of degree, transcript evaluations, etc.) are submitted directly to and processed through Augusta University’s OAA:

Augusta University

The Office of Academic Admissions  

1120 15th Street, Benet House

Augusta, GA 30912 

Applicants can monitor OAA’s receipt and processing of their application and application documents into the Augusta University system using the online status check.  Application decisions will not be made until all official documents have been received and processed into the Augusta University’s electronic applicant database system by Augusta University’s OAA.

The program/academic college for which you are applying will review your Graduate School application and supporting documents.  Interviews will be scheduled and considered, as applicable to individual programs. Taken together, the whole of your application should demonstrate substantial preparation for graduate study in the field for which you are seeking admittance.

NOTE: Admission to the MS ISM program is based upon a holistic review of all application materials including transcripts, standardized test score, references, personal statement (included in online application) and resume (CV). The Hull College of Business admissions committee may consider strengths in some areas of the candidate’s application to compensate for weaknesses in others.

Upon recommendation of the program/academic college, The Graduate School will review your credentials and applicant profile and make a formal, official decision for your admittance. Official notice of your admission can only come from the Dean of The Graduate School via notification from Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admission.

Upon acceptance, please submit your Admissions Acceptance Contract and official final transcripts, if necessary to the address below or electronically to admissions@augusta.edu

Augusta University

The Office of Academic Admissions  

1120 15th Street, Benet House

Augusta, Georgia 30912  

Immunizations must be submitted to Student Health prior to enrollment.

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