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98.4% of ISI graduates surveyed over the past three years have indicated that they would choose the ISI program if they had it to do over again.

The Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Information Security and Intelligence (ISI and MISI) programs prepare you to embark on a career as a cybersecurity professional, data analyst, digital forensic investigator, FBI special agent, risk analyst, penetration tester, and more. Undergraduate students can major in ISI and specialize in several areas including penetration testing, digital forensics/incident response, data analytics, project management, or a foreign language.

  •  Accreditation

    ABET Computing Accrediation Commission

    The Information Security and Intelligence bachelor's degree program has been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

  •  Admission Requirements

    New Student Admission Requirements

    • Minimum 3.00 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
    • Minimum Composite ACT score of 22 and ACT Math score of 22 or SAT Math score of 550.
    • All students applying for admission to the Information Security and Intelligence program will have to submit a 750 to 1,000 word essay that addresses the following:
      • Who they are and why they desire admission to the Information Security and Intelligence program.
      •  A description of a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution, or experience.
      • A description of someone that influenced them and why.

    Transfer Student Admission Requirements

    • Co Combined college or university GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) from all institutions attended.
    • GPA is based on completion of 24 credit hours or more.
    • Completion of the transfer equivalency for Ferris State University’s MATH 115 with a grade of C or higher or have either a minimum ACT Math score of 22 or SAT Math score of 550.
    • All students applying for admission to the Information Security and Intelligence program will have to submit a 750 to 1,000 word essay that addresses the following:
      •  Who they are and why they desire admission to the Information Security and Intelligence program.
      •  A description of a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution, or experience.
      •  A description of someone that influenced them and why.

    Minimum computer spec for ISIN students: Laptop; Windows or OSX/MacOS; 8 GB RAM minimum, 16GB strongly recommended; 500 GB Hard Drive; CPU minimum i5 or higher.  External USB Drive 1TB.

  •  Faculty

    Amy Ruba

    Adjunct Instructor

    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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    Steve Schuiling, DBA

    Assistant Professor
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  •  Key Courses
    • Cloud Security (AWS)
    • Digital Forensics
    • Mobile Security and Penetration Testing
    • Network Forensics and Analysis
    • Data Intelligence Competitive Theory
    • Database Security
    • Link and Visual Analysis
    • Risk Analysis and Strategy

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Both the Master of Science in ISI and the Bachelor of Science ISI programs are available online.  In addition, the BS in ISI is the only cybersecurity program in Michigan that is ABET-accredited in cybersecurity and is currently the only Cyber Security program in the United States that is ABET-accredited to be delivered 100% online.

ISI students focus on cybersecurity, information assurance, compliance and auditing, business intelligence, incident response, and project management. The ISI programs are designated as a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. Ferris was the first University in the United States to be designated as a Department of Defense/Air Force Cyber Command Center of Digital Forensic Academic Excellence.

This program offers international experience, with opportunities to study abroad, learn from international faculty that have taught on four continents, and earn your degree online. The ISI program is interdisciplinary with partnerships between multiple campus units including the Business Data Analytics and Foreign Languages (Languages/Literature) programs.

Each ISI faculty member has more than 10 years of in-field work experience, an average of four industry certifications, and has published numerous books and journal articles. Further demonstration of research activity includes funding by the National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, Department of Defense, and other U.S. and international organizations.