Information Technology Auditing and Cyber Security, M.S.

FOX SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

Learn more about the Master of Science in Information Technology Auditing and Cyber Security.

About the Program

The M.S. in Information Technology Auditing and Cyber Security (MS ITACS) program prepares students for Information Technology (IT) risk management, cyber security, and information systems auditing positions in business and critical infrastructure sectors of the economy identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The MS ITACS is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program aligned with the ISACA® model curriculum for Information Security Audit and Control, which enables our graduates to earn one year of work experience applicable toward the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA®) designation.

MS ITACS students take five common core courses focused on IT governance and risk management and specialized courses in one of two concentrations: Information Technology Auditing or Cyber Security. The IT Auditing concentration culminates in a capstone course leading to CISA® certification, while the capstone course for the Cyber Security concentration leads to Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, depending on the student's work experience. Qualified students with necessary prerequisites are able to take courses from both concentrations.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 6 years

Campus Location: Main and/or Online

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The MS ITACS program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Affiliation(s): Research interests of Fox faculty are supported by numerous centers and institutes throughout the Fox School and Temple University.

Accreditation: The MS ITACS program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Areas of Specialization: Two areas of concentration are offered:

  • Cyber Security
  • Information Technology Auditing

Job Prospects: The Fox Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) provides students with career coaching and professional development resources that support the job search. The MS ITACS degree prepares graduates for employment in IT risk management, cyber security, and information systems auditing positions at accounting and consulting firms, banks and financial companies, businesses producing goods and providing services, computer software and hardware companies, information and data service providers, and governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 31% job growth through 2029.

Licensure/Certification: Certification varies by area of concentration, as detailed below:

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA®): The MS ITACS program's IT Auditing capstone course (MIS 5902) prepares students in the IT Auditing concentration to take the CISA® certification exam. The MS ITACS program does not require students to take the CISA® exam. This is optional. Experience required for CISA® certification is a minimum of five years of professional work experience in information systems auditing, control, or security. A master's degree in information security or information technology from an accredited university can be substituted for one year of experience. For more information, visit https://www.isaca.org/credentialing/cisa/get-cisa-certified.
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®): The MS ITACS program’s Cyber Security capstone course (MIS 5903) prepares students in the Cyber Security concentration to take the CISSP® certification exam. The MS ITACS program does not require students to take the CISSP® exam. This is optional. Experience required for CISSP® certification is a minimum of five years of cumulative paid work experience in two or more of the eight domains of the CISSP® Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). One year of required experience can be satisfied by earning a four-year college degree or regional equivalent, a master's degree in information security or information technology from an accredited university, or an additional credential from the (ISC)²® approved list. Education credit only satisfies one year of experience. For more information, visit https://www.isc2.org/Certifications/CISSP/experience-requirements.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: This program requires the student to be matriculated in the degree program or graduate certificate program.

Financing Opportunities: Citizens and permanent residents of the United States are considered domestic students and are typically eligible for federal student loans and alternative loans through private lenders. The Fox School grants 5% tuition scholarships to alumni who are admitted to the program. 

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall:

  • December 15 – Early Admissions Deadline
  • March 1 – Scholarship Deadline and International Deadline
  • June 30 – Final Deadline

Spring:

  • August 1 – Scholarship Deadline and International Deadline
  • November 1 – Final Deadline

Applications are reviewed as they are received and can sometimes be considered after the deadline.

APPLY ONLINE to this Fox graduate program.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2

From Whom: Professional references from an immediate supervisor, current or past, are preferred. Academic references are acceptable.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: The equivalent of a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college is required. For three-year degrees, mark sheets must be evaluated by WES or another NACES organization.

Statement of Goals: Essay prompts can be found in the online application portal.

Standardized Test Scores:
GRE/GMAT: Scores may be requested based on the applicant's academic and/or professional background. Candidates with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 are required to submit valid GMAT or GRE test scores. Consult an admissions advisor with any questions.

Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree in a country where the language of instruction is English, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:

  • TOEFL iBT: 90
  • IELTS Academic: 7.0
  • Duolingo: 110
  • PTE Academic: 68

Resume: Current resume or CV is required.

Transfer Credit: Upper-level graduate credits from an AACSB-accredited graduate business program, but not previously applied to a conferred degree, may be transferred into the M.S. program. The credits must be part of the required degree program at Temple University. To be transferred, the grade must be a "B" or better. The Admissions Committee makes recommendations for transferring credits to the department chair. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Information Technology Auditing Concentration

Core Courses
MIS 5202IT Governance3
MIS 5206Protection of Information Assets3
MIS 5214Security Architecture3
MIS 5687Business Skills for ITACS Professionals I1.5
MIS 5688Business Skills for ITACS Professionals II1.5
IT Auditing Concentration Courses 1
MIS 5201IT Audit Process3
MIS 5203Systems and Infrastructure Lifecycle Management 13
MIS 5205IT Service Delivery and Support3
MIS 5208Data Analytics for IT Auditors3
IT Auditing Elective 2
Select one from the following:3
Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
Special Topics
Independent Study
IT Auditing Capstone Course
MIS 5902IT Auditing Capstone3
Total Credit Hours30

Cyber Security Concentration

Core Courses
MIS 5202IT Governance3
MIS 5206Protection of Information Assets3
MIS 5214Security Architecture3
MIS 5687Business Skills for ITACS Professionals I1.5
MIS 5688Business Skills for ITACS Professionals II1.5
Cyber Security Concentration Courses
MIS 5211Ethical Hacking3
MIS 5213Intrusion Detection & Response3
MIS 5215Operating System Security3
MIS 5216Organizational Forensics3
MIS 5217Network Security3
Cyber Security Elective(s) 1
Select one or more from the following, if desired: 20
Special Topics
Independent Study
Penetration Testing
Cyber Security Capstone Course
MIS 5903Cyber Security Capstone3
Total Credit Hours30

Culminating Events:
The MS ITACS program culminates in a capstone that prepares students to take the appropriate professional certification examination:

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA®)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), with a minimum of five years' experience

Courses

MIS 5001. Information Technology Management. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

Organizations that strategically select, manage, and deploy digital business models prosper in the global economy. Students will use systems and business process thinking to create and analyze strategies for technology-enabled organizational and industry transformation. They will propose innovative solutions for new and existing business initiatives to leverage enterprise, consumer, and social technologies.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5101. Business Intelligence. 3 Credit Hours.

Data is a core building block of modern organizations; transforming data into information and knowledge enables firms to compete effectively. In this course, students learn best practices for acquiring, assessing, and analyzing data to solve business problems. Students also learn the technologies that comprise an organization's information infrastructure. Students gain hands-on experience with these concepts through case studies and exercises utilizing various hands on access to technology. Students will also gain skills in understanding the principles of transaction-oriented data, and how information is stored and retrieved from a data source, apply data mining and business intelligence techniques to solve specific business problems, communicate analysis results back to management for ongoing quality assurance and process improvement, understand and select appropriate data visualization techniques to effectively communicate results.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5102. Process Improvement and Innovation. 3 Credit Hours.

An information system is only valuable to an organization when it enables and supports a useful business process. Students learn to assess, design, and analyze processes that foster innovation. Core concepts include designing effective solutions, identifying metrics for assessment, and communicating plans to management. Students apply these skills through analysis of business problems for actual firms. Throughout the course, students will gain a deeper understanding of the role of process in the functioning of an organization and how to innovate around that process by redesigning workflows and matching requirements with organizational systems. Students will also be able to identify key stakeholders and learn the fundamentals of project management.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites: Minimum grade of B- in (MIS 5001, MIS 5302, or MIS 5402)

MIS 5103. Network Architectures for Business. 3 Credit Hours.

This course covers the information architecture of the internet-enabled organization, including the use and development of client server and distributed systems. It provides detailed analysis of networking and telecommunications, including data, voice, image, video, network hardware, and topology. Concepts, models, architectures, and standards for the design, implementation, integration, security, and management of distributed internet- and intranet-enabled systems and networks are discussed. The course provides an understanding of the role of the information architecture and distributed systems on organizational design and management strategy.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites: Minimum grade of B- in (MIS 5001, MIS 5302, or MIS 5402)

MIS 5104. Network Centric Applica. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5105. Emerging Technologies. 3 Credit Hours.

This seminar reviews emerging technologies that will prepare students to effectively leverage new technologies to create business opportunities through innovation.  The specific topic of this course varies by semester to accommodate new trends and technologies.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5106. Objct Oriented Computing. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5107. Knowledge Mgmt/Bus Intel. 3 Credit Hours.

This course reviews knowledge management principles and technologies focusing on business applications.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5108. Digital Business Strategy. 3 Credit Hours.

Information Technology leadership is a critical function in organizations. This course teaches the skills of effective technology strategists. Students develop the business case for new technology initiatives, evaluate the success of existing initiatives and develop plans for technology-enabled organizational change. Through a series of case study analyses, students develop technological and organizational skills required of IT leaders.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites: Minimum grade of B- in (MIS 5001, MIS 5302, or MIS 5402)

MIS 5109. User Experience Design. 3 Credit Hours.

Today the user experience is the whole system; it is the interface and the experiences that define success, the code and business model are often secondary. Users only bother with activities that are obvious, simple, and pleasing. Perhaps the most challenging and interesting part of digital is the user experience (UX). This course focuses on understanding, evaluating, and designing user experiences. In the context of practical projects, we will learn the human, social, organizational, business model, and technical aspects of UX design. The goals of this course include understanding the role of usability and design principles, evaluating user experiences, and building a complete user experience using innovation to achieve the UX goals.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5112. Business Design and Innovation. 3 Credit Hours.

Digital business opportunities are no longer limited to the technology itself; they also include the experiences and ecosystems around them. To succeed in this new economy, today's leaders require a broad set of skills that incorporate creative thinking and innovation. Students will learn the tools and methods of Business Design to address real-world business problems. They will apply design inquiry techniques to craft original solutions to a series of practical scenarios.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5121. Enterprise Resource Planning Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to the essential concepts of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system including business processes, security, audit, and control functions. The course looks at how a business' key transactions are executed and how business process operational risks are accounted for and controlled in an ERP environment. Information system and accounting controls to assure confidentiality, integrity and reliability are examined. Finally, the course looks at how transaction processing data is transformed into data for management analysis and financial reporting.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5122. Enterprise Architecture for IT Auditors. 3 Credit Hours.

This course teaches students about the technology concepts and components that are critical for IT auditors to understand. It uses an enterprise architecture framework to introduce students to business data, computer applications and infrastructure necessary to supporting operational business processes. The course introduces students to computer networks, operating systems, servers and applications with a focus on using the command line to audit and identify vulnerabilities.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5123. Business Essentials for IT Audits. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

This course gives incoming students from technical disciplines the basic business background that they will need throughout the ITACS curriculum. Students will learn how to read basic financial statements, the components that make up a business model, how applications support both revenue generation and operations, and the role of a control environment. Topics include the income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement, business model, value proposition, market segmentation, the sales process, business processes and controls.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5161. Inf Sys Applications-Org. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5162. Database Mgt Sys & Model. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5163. Sys Anal/Rapid App Dev. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5164. Inf Tech Prin-Network-BS. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5170. Special Topics. 1 to 6 Credit Hour.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MIS 5178. Inf Architect & Network. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5179. Inf Systems Mgt & Proces. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5182. Independent Study. 1 to 6 Credit Hour.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MIS 5190. Special Topics in MIS. 1 to 6 Credit Hour.

Special topics in current developments in the field of information systems are covered.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MIS 5201. IT Audit Process. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to the essential concepts of IT auditing. Students will learn standards and guidelines for performing an IT audit. Topics will include concepts of internal controls. Students will learn to plan and manage an audit as well has how to report on evidence collected during the audit.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5202. IT Governance. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines the principles of IT governance and management. Understanding IT governance and operations are an integral part of enterprise governance. Effective governance and management of IT consist of leadership, organizational structures and processes that ensure that IT operations sustain and extends the enterprise strategy and objectives. Topics includes IT frameworks, standards, policies, procedures, organizational structures, enterprise architecture, risk management, IT and cyber security management, protection of assets, maturity models, laws, regulations, IT resource management, IT service acquisition and management, quality management and IT performance management. Student will have hands-on experience in exercising IT governance and management and apply topics learned to auditing and risk assessing real organization's policy, procedures, structure and processes.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5203. Systems and Infrastructure Lifecycle Management 1. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines how an organization plans, designs, builds, implements and maintains information systems within an environment of IT risk management and control. Topics include information feasibility and business case assessment, requirements analysis, system design, project planning, IT risk management, development versus acquisition tradeoffs, maintenance support and return of investment analysis to assure technologies deliver value and support the organization's business objectives.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5204. Systems and Infrastructure Lifecycle Management 2. 3 Credit Hours.

A closer examination of the controls needed during software development and the external acquisition of systems as well as the concept of application controls and how they are used.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites: Minimum grade of B- in MIS 5203.

MIS 5205. IT Service Delivery and Support. 3 Credit Hours.

Learn how the operational aspects of an IT organization deliver on the value proposition of the organization. Learn about the technical infrastructure and how this infrastructure provides a reliable and secure platform for applications. Learn about service center management and how these teams are utilized to deliver value to the organization.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites: Minimum grade of B- in MIS 5201.

MIS 5206. Protection of Information Assets. 3 Credit Hours.

Information is an organization's most precious asset. Inadvertent disclosure of sensitive information, loss of data integrity and availability of information can have significant operational and financial impact on the organization. In this course students learn to apply COBIT and the NIST Risk Management Framework to recognize and manage risks facing information assets of the organization through mitigating controls including logical, physical, and administrative IT security; and business continuity, disaster recovery and contingency strategies.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5208. Data Analytics for IT Auditors. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to the use of data in the detection and prevention of financial fraud and the detection of cybersecurity threats and attacks. This class relies heavily on data analytics to examine datasets produced by audit and security controls (for instance, network log files). Basic data analysis concepts are presented and then applied to security or audit problems. Audit-specific and more general business intelligence tools will be used to help students better understand the analytics process.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5209. Securing Digital Infrastructure. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines issues related to securing the components of a company's infrastructure. It reviews network, firewall, and basic operating system security issues. It presents the material theoretically and practically through many in class and homework exercises.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5211. Ethical Hacking. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to the hacking strategies and tactics used by ethical or "White Hat" hackers. Methods of vulnerability exploitation to be used primarily in the process of Security Penetration will be explored in theory and in hands on exercises. The course will require simple programming using Open Source scripting languages and hacking tool kits. For that reason some knowledge of and experience with computer programming is required.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5212. Penetration Testing. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to Penetration Testing. Methods of vulnerability assessment and exploitation are examined as a means of identifying areas requiring improved security and recommended changes. The ethical, business governance and legal implications of penetration testing are examined. Specific techniques are examined in detail with the intent of giving the students a practical understanding of how Penetration Tests are conducted and laboratory-based experience in their actual conduct.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5213. Intrusion Detection & Response. 3 Credit Hours.

While all businesses work to be as secure as possible, no organization can be completely secure. Preventing attacks, quickly identifying successful attacks, detecting advanced persistent threats and monitoring systems activity in order to deter intrusions can result in significant business benefit. This course examines the variety of tools and techniques used to do this work. This course also examines the process and procedures required for an effective intrusion detection and response through preparation, monitoring, eradication, and compliance.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5214. Security Architecture. 3 Credit Hours.

Examines the methodology by which an organization aligns its business strategy with its security operations. Both the current and desired future states of the business’ security efforts are described so that resources can be directed to the security efforts most needed to support the business.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites: Minimum grade of B- in MIS 5206.

MIS 5215. Operating System Security. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to operating system security and tools to secure and audit an organization's computer operating systems. Methods of securing operating systems are explored in theory and through hands-on exercises. The first part of the course focuses on processes used to secure the Microsoft Windows operating system. The second part of the course applies similar techniques to secure the Linux operating system. The course will discuss techniques and tools used to help reduce weaknesses in default installations and configurations of different operating systems.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5216. Organizational Forensics. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides students with a broad understanding of the investigation of digital data to gather evidence relating to criminal or other legal incidents and events. The class examines how technology and law interact. Lecture and hands-on exercises enable students to gain a practical understanding of: incident response, processing a crime/incident scene and gathering evidence, performing forensics analysis and conducting forensics investigation. This course helps students understand how to respond to computer incidents. Legal issues involved in responding to computer attack are explored, including employee monitoring, working with law enforcement and handling evidence.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5217. Network Security. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to network architectures, network security concepts, threats and the methods used to protect network communication, which determine an organization's "Security Posture". Students will perform an in-depth examination of the OSI model and TCP/IP protocol in order to understand the technologies behind protecting network communications (firewalls, routers, switches, virtual private networks, intrusion prevention and detection systems, and highly available architectures). With this fundamental understanding of network communication, students will explore the inherent vulnerabilities related to network communications and the challenges of implementing an enterprise security architecture that aligns with business goals, IT strategy, and Governance.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites: Minimum grade of B- in MIS 5206.

MIS 5282. Independent Study. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Pre-requisites: Minimum grade of B- in MIS 5001.

MIS 5287. Business Skills for ITACS Professionals. 3 Credit Hours.

In this course students practice a variety of business skills that are necessary to be effective as an IT auditor. These skills include managerial communications and public speaking skills, interviewing skills, negotiation and personal selling skills, business writing, industrial psychology/behavioral science skills, project/time management and team building skills. The course is delivered through a series of workshops and simulations and include observations of business practices at host IT companies.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5411. Business Intelligence and Data Visualization. 3 Credit Hours.

The first part of this course will focus upon the strategic role of information technology from the perspective of a non-technical manager. Key topics include IT strategy, systems thinking, disruptive innovations and digital transformation, digital business models, cybersecurity, cloud computing, IT governance and ethics. The second part of this course follows completion of an Excel module, and will explore the principles of data literacy and analysis through tools that enable turning data into insight through analysis and visualization. Students will also learn to evaluate visualizations by applying key principles of presenting data effectively.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5601. Database Analytics. 1.5 to 3 Credit Hour.

This course provides a foundation for, and practice in, designing database systems and analyzing business data to enhance firm competitiveness. Concepts introduced in this course aim to develop an understanding of the different types of business data, various analytical approaches, and application of these approaches to solve business problems. Students will have hands-on experience with current, cutting-edge tools such as MySQL and SAS Enterprise Miner.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MIS 5602. Applied Predictive Analytics. 1.5 to 3 Credit Hour.

Students will learn how to select relevant variables for analysis, apply the appropriate analytic technique, and interpret the practical implications of the results. Topics also include unstructured "big" data, sentiment analysis, and articulating results to a business audience. Students will have hands-on experience with current, cutting-edge tools such as SAS Enterprise Miner. This course will cover advanced topics needed to resolve more complicated business problems including but not limited to data cleansing and reporting. The foundation, set in MIS 5101, will be strengthened and expanded with more concepts and applications appropriate for solving more challenging business problems and effectively communicating and presenting the output needed to resolve the problem.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MIS 5603. Social Media Innovation. 1.5 to 3 Credit Hour.

In Social Media Innovation, students will review concepts and principles related to social and digital media. Through a combination of readings, discussion, presentations and projects, we examine (i) why social media is often a crucial channel for business success; (ii) how organizations are and should be using social media to achieve their goals; and (iii) the role of centralized, decentralized, and crowd-sourced information online. At the end of the course students will have gained deeper knowledge on understanding the tenants of social business governance, be able to analyze how modern marketers navigate the major platforms, explore social media listening and data management best practices, and identify approaches for successful social media campaign planning and implementation.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5651. Digital Innovation in Marketing Capstone. 6 Credit Hours.

In this fully immersive, experiential capstone, students will design and measure the efficacy of a digital marketing strategy across multiple channels, evaluate the suitability for new digital marketing technology such as mobile apps, and manage a portfolio of digital marketing assets such as mobile apps, websites, social media and others. Students will design a fully formed digital marketing campaign around their own team generated idea. Students will spend the semester applying knowledge gained in all previous coursework including building the collateral, analyzing data, developing a UX - culminating in one final presentation of their work.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5687. Business Skills for ITACS Professionals I. 1.5 Credit Hour.

In this course students develop and practice a variety of business skills that are necessary to be effective as an ITAC professional. These skills include managerial communications and public speaking skills, interviewing skills, negotiation and personal selling skills, business writing, industrial psychology/behavioral science skills, project/time management, leadership and team building skills. The course is delivered through a series of workshops and simulations that enable students to practice leadership, team building, and management communications.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5688. Business Skills for ITACS Professionals II. 1.5 Credit Hour.

In this course, you will increase the business and interpersonal skills necessary to be a competent and successful ITACS Professional. These skills build upon those covered in the previous semester as students learn how to improve their responsive listening skills, achieve intention in communication, clarify their roles as leaders in decision making contexts, build teams, improve their writing effectiveness in IT auditing and security reports and assignments, and build credibility in the ITACS professions.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5801. Managing Information in the Enterprise. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an introduction to the strategic role of information technology in today's digital centric world. You will learn how to apply systems thinking to analyze and understand organizational IT strategy and usage. You will also learn how to apply theories of innovation to analyze the disruptive potential of technology. Organizations that strategically select, manage, and deploy digital business models prosper in the global economy. Students will use systems and business process thinking to create and analyze strategies for technology-enabled organizational and industry transformation. They will propose innovative solutions for new and existing business initiatives to leverage enterprise, consumer, and social technologies.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5882. Independent Study. 1 to 6 Credit Hour.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MIS 5890. Special Topics. 1 to 6 Credit Hour.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MIS 5901. Capstone in Information Technology. 3 Credit Hours.

Open only to M.S. in MIS students who must have completed all 4 core courses and 2 electives. For this capstone experience, students select a topic in their area of interest and write a research paper or implement an information system.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5902. IT Auditing Capstone. 3 Credit Hours.

This is the final course of the ITACS IT Auditing track. This course has two purposes. First, students are guided through an in-depth review of what they learned in prior courses of the track, with emphasis on mastering key points of the five Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) knowledge domains while preparing for the CISA exam. Second, students work on a project focused on integrating what they have learned through research of an emerging topic in the field of IT assurance.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 5903. Cyber Security Capstone. 3 Credit Hours.

This is the final course in the ITACS Cyber Security track. This course has two purposes. First, students are guided through an in-depth review of what they learned in prior courses of the track, with emphasis on mastering key points of the eight Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) knowledge domains while preparing for the CISSP exam. Second, students work on a project focused on integrating what they have learned through research of an emerging topic in the field of IT assurance.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 9001. Qual & Interpret Meth-IS. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 9002. Inf Sys Found & Theory. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 9003. Foundations of Electronic Commerce Research. 3 Credit Hours.

This course offers an overview of electronic commerce research in the domain of Information Systems (IS). An impressive body of work on electronic commerce has developed over the last two decades in IS research, and this course aims at reviewing and integrating this large body of research toward identifying gaps in the literature and proposing new opportunities for research that students can pursue as part of independent research projects. This course overviews the electronic commerce literature in IS research under a framework based on the main entities involved in electronic commerce - businesses and consumers that interact with the aid of Internet technologies, resulting in three broad research areas - (1) Business to Consumer (B2C), (2) Consumer to Consumer (C2C), and (3) Business to Business (B2B). These three broad research areas are further categorized into sixteen specialized topics and sub-areas, which help summarize the literature and integrate the body of work.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Doctor of Philosophy.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 9004. Adv Research Methods-IS. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MIS 9011. Proseminar in Management Information Systems. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

This course is required for all first year PhD in Business Administration - MIS students. It offers an overview of electronic commerce research in the domain of Information Systems (IS) under a framework based on the main entities involved in electronic commerce - businesses and consumers that interact with the aid of Internet technologies, resulting in three broad research areas - (1) Business to Consumer (B2C), (2) Consumer to Consumer (C2C), and (3) Business to Business (B2B). These three broad research areas are further categorized into sixteen specialized topics and sub-areas, which help summarize the literature and integrate the body of work. An impressive body of work on electronic commerce has developed over the last two decades in IS research, and this course aims at reviewing and integrating this large body of research toward identifying gaps in the literature and proposing new opportunities for research that students can pursue as part of independent research projects.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Business Administration.
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Doctor of Philosophy.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School, Sport Tourism Hospitality Mgt.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MIS 9090. Contemp Topics & Res-IS. 1 to 6 Credit Hour.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MIS 9183. Directed Study in MIS. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Doctor of Philosophy.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Business & Mngmnt, Fox School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Contacts

Program Web Address:

https://www.temple.edu/academics/degree-programs/information-technology-auditing-and-cyber-security-ms-bu-itac-ms

Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management

1801 Liacouras Walk

701 Alter Hall (006-22)

Philadelphia, PA 19122

foxinfo@temple.edu

215-204-5890

215-204-7678

Fax: 215-204-1632

Submission Address for Application Materials:

https://foxgraduate.force.com/ERx_Forms__Portal_Register?type=fox

Department Contacts:

ITACS Academic Director:

David Lanter, Ph.D., CISA, GISP

david.lanter@temple.edu

215-204-3077

Specialized Master’s Programs Coordinator:

Rachel Carr

Associate Director for Specialized Master’s Programs

foxms@temple.edu

215-204-7678