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- MSc IT Security
February 28, 2006, 9:42 pm
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I'm thinking of doing an MSc in Information Security (external study).
The course I was recommended was the one currently run by the
University of London, Holloway College.
Since I'm studying externally, I guess there would be other
possibilities, such as study at a U.S. University.
The question: Can anyone recommend good external study MSc courses in
IT Security...? Worldwide?
I'm looking for a course that would give me a broad understanding of
the major areas in IT Security. My goal is employment as an IT
Security Consultant (network security is a particular interest of
Any ideas? Even the "don't bother with an MSc, but try such and
such..." would be welcome!
Re: MSc IT Security
I was looking for the same thing as you are a couple of years ago.
Maryland is supopsed to be a good course. I remember I applied to
George Washington University. Although I've never heard any reviews on
that, the courses seemed interesting at the time. Eventually, I did the
MSc at Royal Holloway (university of London), and I can tell you that
it was a good option. They work close with the industry and they are
highly rated in the market. I have to tell you though, not to expect a
very technical course. Students come from all kinds of areas... some
guys have a great deal of technical knowledge, others don't know much
about it. In the end, they provide you with the means (there's a
pentest lab, and some optional practical tutorials) but it's really up
to you how technical you want to go. The thesis is also up to you: you
can go for a technical project, or for a more theoretical one.
Also worth mention, Royal Holloway has supposed to be the University in
the UK with the best nightlife (and by nightlife, I mean, girls! :) )
Re: MSc IT Security
I've looked into this a bit myself and here are a few more that offer
"distance learning" master's degrees:
Capitol College (Maryland) -- Master's in Network Security
James Madison University (Virginia) -- Infosec Master's Program
Southern Methodist University (Texas) -- Security Engineering
I'm sure there are others, but these are the ones I came across that I don't
believe were previously mentioned in this thread.