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Information Security and Intelligence graduate program

Information Security and Intelligence (MS)

Take Your Cyber Security Career to the Next Level

Cyber security moves fast. At Ferris, we move even faster. Our Master's of Science degree in Information Security and Intelligence will give you the edge in one of the world's fastest moving and most critical industries. Tackle graduate-level projects in our cutting-edge lab and deepen your skills and knowledge in proactive and reactive response in areas like hacking and digital forensics. 

Designated by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, among many other honors and distinctions, Ferris is the place to take your education and your career to the next level.

Here you work side-by-side with highly-respected faculty members with decades of industry experience. They will  guide you toward becoming a leader in the field. As a graduate student, you will also be supported by our Office of Graduate Studies.

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Program Details

  •  Admission Requirements

    New Student Admission Requirements

    • To be considered for admission to a College of Business Graduate Program, applicants must submit the following documents:
    • Completed application; free application can be completed at: Ferris State University Online Application
    • Official course transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities previously attended, which include confirmation of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) and 3.00 or higher is required in the junior and senior level courses.
    • A current resume.
    • A Statement of Purpose, approximately one page typed, explaining your reasons for seeking admission into the Master of Science in Information Security and Intelligence (ISIN-MISI) program.
      • Your Statement of Purpose should show that you have taken steps to learn about our programs and are familiar with and prepared for online or mixed delivery and accelerated courses.
      • You should also explain what factors have influenced your decision to apply, and how this degree will help you achieve your short-term and long-term career goals. Three academic or professional recommendation letters attesting to your ability to succeed in graduate level studies.
      • Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 500 or higher, or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score in the upper 50 percent with a 2.50 or higher on the Analytical Writing portion.
      •  Waiver of test requirement will be considered if applicant has completed another master’s degree or if the applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree with a 3.50 or higher GPA (on a 4.00 scale).

    Transfer Student Admission Requirements

    • To be considered for admission to a College of Business Graduate Program, applicants must submit the following documents:
    • Completed application; free application can be completed at: Ferris State University Online Application
    • Official course transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities previously attended, which include confirmation of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) and 3.00 or higher is required in the junior and senior level courses.
    • A current resume.
    • A Statement of Purpose, approximately one page typed, explaining your reasons for seeking admission into the Master of Science in Information Security and Intelligence (ISIN-MISI) program.
      • Your Statement of Purpose should show that you have taken steps to learn about our programs and are familiar with and prepared for online or mixed delivery and accelerated courses.
      • You should also explain what factors have influenced your decision to apply, and how this degree will help you achieve your short-term and long-term career goals. Three academic or professional recommendation letters attesting to your ability to succeed in graduate level studies.
      • Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 500 or higher, or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score in the upper 50 percent with a 2.50 or higher on the Analytical Writing portion.
      •  Waiver of test requirement will be considered if applicant has completed another master’s degree or if the applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree with a 3.50 or higher GPA (on a 4.00 scale).
  •  Degrees
  •  Faculty

    Gerald Emerick, Ed.D

    Associate Professor

    Greg E. Gogolin, Ph.D.

    Distinguished Professor

    Jim Furstenberg, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
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    Jason Otting, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Molly Cooper, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
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    Amy Ruba

    Adjunct Instructor

    Steve Schuiling, DBA

    Assistant Professor
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    Shannon L. Yost

    College of Business Graduate Programs, Secretary

  •  Key Courses
    • Business Intelligence
    • Database Management and Security
    • Intelligence Vulnerabilities
    • Legal, Ethical, and Fraudulent Issues
    • Secure Information Systems
  •  Locations
    • Big Rapids (Main Campus)
    • Online

Program Features

  • Complete your degree fully online or at our main campus in Big Rapids, MI
  • Build your skills in our $2 million digital forensics lab, which includes digital forensics tools, nano-scale microscopy, imaging devices, and a wide-range of computer hardware and software
  • Accredited by the National Security Agency as a Center of Excellence in all Information Assurance subject areas
  • Designated by the Department of Defense Cyber command and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations as a National Center for Digital Forensic Academic Excellence
  • Designated by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense