2018-2019 Catalog (Current)

Information Security & Intelligence, 5 year BS and MS

Degree Type: Master of Science Info Security and Intelligence
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose the 5-Year Bachelor and Master of Science in Information Security and Intelligence?

This unique dual enrollment opportunity allows students to begin graduate studies once they have acquired senior status in the ISIN Bachelor program. MISI 629 can be used for ISIN 429 and PROJ 640 can be used for PROJ 320.  Alternately, one MISI course can be used as an undergraduate directed elective.  As a result, two courses can be used toward both degrees. Application and acceptance to the MS-ISI program is required prior to enrolling in graduate level courses and full admission to the MS-ISI program will begin the semester after completion of the Bachelor of Science in Information Security and Intelligence degree.

MS-ISI courses are specifically designed for flexible scheduling to serve both full-time students and part-time students who are working professionals. 

The MS-ISI consists of eight core courses, including an integrated capstone project, and an Advanced Studies Certificate that focuses on the student’s concentration of choice: Incident Response (computer security), Business Intelligence, or Project Management. The MS-ISI can be completed 100% online with the Business Intelligence or the Project Management concentrations.

There are several things that distinguish our Information Security and Intelligence programs in the top 10 of the nation and the premier programs for cyber security:

We have achieved the following much sought after designations:

  • National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education as designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA).
  • National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education as designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA)
  • National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence as designated by the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) and the DC3 Academic Cyber Curriculum Alliance (DACCA).
  • Accredited Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy for Cloud Computing Architecture
  • Cellebrite Forensic Academic Partner
  • EC-Council Accredited Training Center
  • Palo Alto Networks Academy Partner
  • CompTIA  Academy Partner
  • Pearson Vue Testing Center

Other acheivments that distinguish the Ferris ISI programs in the nation’s top 10:

  • Michigan’s most advanced digital forensic research lab equipped with Axiom, EnCase, FTK, Forensic Explorer, Cellebrite, XRY, Passware Decryption Suite, Maltego, Shadow Dragon Social Net, i2, Stereo and Digital Laser microscopes, network segmentation, Steel Central, Burp Suite, and Palo Alto.
  • Funded research grants from the National Security Agency, National Science Foundation and various other foundations.
  • Extensive publication record consisting of multiple journals, books and periodicals.  Some of this work has been cited in the United States Supreme Court such as in the landmark case Riley v. California.
  • Students compete in various cyber security competitions and frequently finish in the top 10% nationally
  • Students are eligible for NSA NIETP scholarships
  • Active student organizations including the Information Security & Intelligence Association and Women in Cybersecurity.
  • Multiple faculty have been certified as an expert witness in various courts.
  • Faculty that have the following certifications: CISSP, E|CSA, GIAC GSSP-.NET, GIAC GCIH, C|ND, CPTE, CLFE, CAN, C|SCU, PMP, EnCE, ACE, CEH, CAPM, Scrum Master.
  • Faculty that average over 15 years of work experience ranging from leadership positions in multibillion dollar corporations to law enforcement and licensed professional investigator.
  • Faculty that include a Distinguished Professor, Fulbright Scholar, and International Educator of the year.
  • Faculty that have taught on 4 continents that includes teaching digital forensics to the entire federal cybercrime units in Chile and Perú
  • A student body that includes graduates from over 50 countries.
  • Alumni that have distinguished themselves as leaders at dozens of organizations worldwide.
  • Host site of Michigan’s Cyber Range.Host of cyber competitions and various summer camps and workshops.

Invest in Your Future

The BS in Information Security & Intelligence degree prepares students for a variety of career opportunities in fields such as Computer Forensics, Information Security, Intelligence/Big Data, Incident Response, and Mobile Security. Opportunities exist in the government, security, intelligence, health care, insurance, finance, and education fields.

The MS in Information Security & Intelligence (MS-ISI) program further develops students for careers in Business Intelligence, Incident Response (proactive and reactive in areas such as hacking and digital forensics), and Project Management utilizing secure practices. Positions include security officers, analysts, forensics experts, project managers, and technical managers.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the 5-Year Dual BS-ISIN and MS-ISI program, BS-ISIN students who have acquired senior status with a 3.0 cumulative GPA must submit the following documents:

  • Completed application (Free on-line application can be completed at http://ferris.edu/admissions/application/homepage.htm )
  • A current resume.
  • A Statement of Purpose, approximately one page typed, explaining their reasons for seeking admission into the MS-ISI program.  The Statement of Purpose should show that steps have been taken to learn about the MS-ISI program, explain what factors have influenced the decision to apply, and how this degree will help them achieve your short-term and long-term career goals.
  • Three academic or professional recommendation letters attesting to the applicants ability to succeed in graduate level studies.
  • Official GMAT score of 500 or higher, OR GRE score in the upper 50% with a 2.5 or higher on the analytical writing portion.  (Waiver of test requirement will be considered if applicant has completed a previous Master's Degree or if the applicant has earned a Bachelor degree with a 3.5 or better GPA)

Graduation Requirements

  • No grade below a C will be counted toward completion of a College of Business graduate degree or certificate.
  • No more than two C grades will be counted toward completion of a College of Business graduate degree or certificate.
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or better is required to earn a College of Business graduate degree or certificate.
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained to avoid dismissal from a College of Business graduate degree or certificate.
  • Degree must be completed within five years from the first semester of enrollment.
  • No more than 30% of the credits in a College of Business graduate degree may be transferred from another institution.
  • Students must “Apply to Graduate” to be awarded a degree. Application can be accessed in MyFSU under Student Records.
  • Requirements for Graduate Honors are:  3.75 to 3.89 overall GPA for Distinction, 3.90 to 4.0 overall GPA for Highest Distinction.

More Information

College of Business - Graduate Programs
119 South Street, BUS 212B
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2168
E-mail: 
Web: http://ferris.edu/misi/

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Required Courses
Credit Hours

BS & MS in Information Security and Intelligence - 147 Credits

Bachelor of Science - ISIN Curriculum:
Business Courses - 15 Credits
Princ. of Financial Accounting
3
Introduction to Statistics
3
Applied Management
3
Principles of Marketing
3
Mgmt Metrics & Decision Making
3
Major Courses - 48 Credits
Introduction to Data Mining
3
Risk Analysis and Strategy
3
Secure Digital Technologies
3
Principles of Info Security
3
Applications of Info Security
3
Digital Forensics and Analysis
3
Fraud Examination
3
Legal, Ethical and Fraud Iss
3
Link and Visual Analysis
3
Data-Intelligence Comp Theory
3
Proj Management Fundamentals
3
Current Issues in ISIN
3
ISI Internship
1 TO 6
Security Informatics
3
Database Security
3
Capstone Experience
3
Concentration or approved minor - 12 Credits - ADVISOR APPROVAL REQUIRED

Concentrations may be selected from one of the follwoing options or a custom concentratin may be developed with advisor approval.
Digital Forensics Concentration
Advanced Digital Forensics
3
Pen Testing and Cloud Security
3
Networking Essentials
3
Directed Elective
Penetration Testing & Secure Software Concentration
Advanced Digital Forensics
3
Pen Testing and Cloud Security
3
Pen Testing & Mobile Security
3
Directed Elective
Data Mining Concentration
Data Mining Tools
3
Data Mining Processes
3
Inferential Statistics
3
Pen Testing and Cloud Security
3
Network Security Concentration 
Linux Administration
3
Network +
3
Two Electives
One graduate level MISI program Course
Foreign Language Concentration
Transfer - 12 Credits
Master of Science - ISIN Curriculum:
Graduate Core - 24 Credits
 
(6 Credits completed in BS-ISIN)
Communication Strategies
3
Intelligence Vulnerabilities
3
Database Mgt and Security
3
Legal, Ethical and Fraud Iss
3
Information Security/Assurance
3
Secure Information Systems
3
Integrated Capstone Project
3
Project Management
3
One Advanced Study Certificate Required - 12 Credits
Business Intelligence (ASBN) - 12 Credits 
(9 additional credits - MISI 610 is earned in the core courses)
Database Mgt and Security
3
Business Intelligence
3
Geographic Information Systems
3
Choose One:
ISI Internship
1 TO 6
or
Project in Bus Intelligence
3
Incident Response (ASIR) 12 Credits
(9 additional credits - MISI 660 is earned in the core courses)
Information Security/Assurance
3
Pen Test/Vulnerability Assess
3
Digital Forensics/Incident Res
3
Choose One:
Project In Incident Responses
3
or
ISI Internship
1 TO 6
Project Management (ASPM) - 12 Credits
(9 additional credits - PROJ 640 is earned in the core courses)
Project Management
3
Project Leadership
3
Project Risk and Quality Mgt
3
Choose One:
Project in Pgm and Project Mgt
3
or
ISI Internship
1 TO 6
Bachelor of Science in Information Security and Intellignece - 120 Credits
Master of Science in Information Security and Intelligence - 27 Credits