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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. 

The MS ISM program is a 30-hour master’s program divided into ten, 3-credit hour required courses. Courses will primarily be delivered face-to-face with some expected and growing use of online, hybrid, and weekend scheduling.



MS ISM Admissions Requirements


Minimum degree requirement

A minimum of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent is required from an accredited college or university. To be used to satisfy degree requirement, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree(s) earned are the U.S. equivalency of degree(s) required by the program.

Official transcripts

Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges and 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 of the Registrar's Office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official electronic transcripts from the Registrar's Office of your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to

Letters of recommendation

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 and qualifications (as applicable), as well as the applicant's potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected.

Recommendations may be submitted online only. Within the application you will provide the names and current email addresses of three individuals who will serve as your recommenders. Once your application has been submitted, each recommender will be notified via email directing them to the online link to complete their recommendation.

standardized test requirements

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. GMAT scores must be official and sent directly to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions via the official GMAT site.

Other Recommendations

Information Security Management students are expected to have a strong working knowledge of security and networking. Students with undergraduate technology related degrees and work experience are expected to benefit the most from this program. For more information and additional guidance, please contact Markus Bacha at 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 upon all application materials and the aforementioned numbers should not be considered a minimum.  


Goals and Objectives

The MS ISM Program is designed to:

  • Provide professional grounding in the eight domains of information security as articulated for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

  • Offer professional grounding in the four domains of information security management as articulated by ISACA (previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association): Information Security Governance, Information Risk Management and Compliance, Information Security Program Development and Management and Information Security Incident Management.

  • Deliver grounding in principles of enterprise management: Organizational Behavior and Management of Information Technology.


"This program is growing and will only continue to get better as the future unfolds. It was a pleasure and a privilege to have been a part of it from the beginning and to be able to reap the benefits."

- Harry Zane (pictured at right)

MS-ISM graduate, Class of 2018

Cybersecurity Teacher, Academy of Richmond County

Harry Zane Graduation