Your tech expertise already makes you uniquely qualified to bring a new perspective to the executive management level. Now you need to sharpen your leadership skills to bring competitive enterprise advantages to your organization. Help your company — and yourself — use technology to excel.
Our information systems degree allows you to develop your technical skills while preparing to take your Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam. That can help save you time and money. We also help you develop the leadership skills that will prepare you for hybrid management roles that leverage your expertise in emerging technology to adapt operations at the organizational level.
*The National Security Agency’s (NSA) Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) has certified that Strayer University’s security curriculum has been reviewed by the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation Review Committee (IACE) and determined that it meets national training standards for information systems security professionals and system administrators, NSTISSI No. 4011 and 4013
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Learn to design, implement, and manage systems with portability, scalability and interoperability. Strengthen your planning and communication skills, and deepen your awareness of business functions and technical operations. Empower yourself for a successful career in this rapidly growing field.
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Nearly 87% of Strayer master’s degree recipients responding to our survey said their degree had an impact on them meeting their professional or career goals.
— OIRAE Graduates Survey, April 2013
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CIS 500-Information Systems for Decision Making
Examine the strategic use and trends of organizational information systems with emphasis on the application of information technology. Study key computing concepts in the strategic context in which information technology is used with emphasis on how information technology enables improvement in quality, timeliness and competitive advantage.
CIS 502-Theories of Security Management
Prerequisite: CIS 500
Explore current and emerging theories in security management. Topics include the policies, guidance, technologies and organizational concerns that security managers must address in leading and providing secure computing environments. Discuss topics such as access control, security architecture, cryptography and the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge.
CIS 505-Communication Technologies
Prerequisite: CIS 500 or CIS 512
Discuss trends and topics in computer communications. Use a balance of technical foundations and business practices to develop a managerial level of knowledge in data communications. Topics also include networking, distributed applications, network management, security and network operating systems.
CIS 510-Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
Get an integrated approach to system analysis and design processes. Explore advanced topics to evaluate and select system development methodologies and design system solutions. Focus on the role of effective interpersonal communication techniques and integration practices with users and user systems.
CIS 512-Advanced Computer Architecture
Examine the structure and operation of computers in the context of the enterprise solutions. Focus on strategies to select, deploy, integrate and administer platforms or components to support the organizations computing infrastructure. Topics include the framework and strategic trends essential to the administration of hardware; services provided by the operating system; and computer interaction.
CIS 515-Strategic Planning for Database Systems
Prerequisite: CIS 500 or CIS 512
Explore the concepts, issues, principles and techniques around managing organizational data resources. Topics include the strategic information requirements of organizations, modeling those requirements using conceptual data modeling techniques, verifying the structural characteristics with normalization and converting the conceptual data models into physical databases. Focus on the application and strategic use of database systems.
CIS 517-IT Project Management
Get a practical and theoretical foundation for applying project management techniques to Information Technology projects. The course puts a managerial emphasis on the Project Management Institute Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) knowledge areas, with practical application of project management tools and software to address information technology opportunities.
CIS 524-Computer Interaction and Design
Understand the concepts, theory and design behind human-computer interaction (HCI) to address organizational issues. Learn the practical principles and guidelines to develop high quality interface designs that users can understand, predict and control. Topics include a strategic and tactical assessment of expert reviews, usability testing, direct manipulation, menu selection and form design. Address current HCI topics with a balanced emphasis on mobile devices, Web and desktop platforms.
CIS 599-Graduate Information Systems Capstone
Prerequisite: To be taken last or next to last;a grade of 'B' or higheris required.
Examine and address real-world projects and problems and apply project management techniques to create practical solutions. Take an integrative and senior management approach to address the integration of a broad range of technologies, including databases, security, networking, computer infrastructure and human computer interaction.