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The concentration in Cybersecurity & Networking enhances your MS in Information Systems & Technology with specialized skills that enable you to help organizations prepare for and prevent devastating cyber attacks.

In today’s interconnected world, cybersecurity risks are real and attacks are increasingly exponential. The rapidly changing domain of information and technology has given rise to a new paradigm of cyber attacks on a global, epidemic scale. The industry-focused Cybersecurity & Networking concentration provides you with fresh perspectives on cyber threats, hacker motivations, modern attack patterns, and next-generation mitigation solutions. You will undertake technically driven, collaborative research with faculty members who have distinguished careers as IS&T and cybersecurity scholars and practitioners. In an evolving cyber risk landscape, you’ll develop the skills to help businesses and organizations prepare for cyber attacks, which can result in significant expenses for the affected enterprises.

Program Highlights

Program at a Glance

36 units

Full-time: 1–1.5 years
Part-time: 1.5–3 years

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring | Summer

MS in Information Systems & Technology

Featured Courses

IST 350
Cryptography & Computer Security

Examines both a theoretical and engineering view of how to build secured information systems using network and computer security techniques focusing on DES, RSA, DSA, and hashing, hacking techniques, and solutions to protect systems.

IST 351
Cybersecurity Risk Management

Elevates the strategic relevance of the evolving threat landscape and offers students a fresh perspective on how to take the threat seriously, foster preparedness, and get ahead of threats.

IST 352
Advanced Networking

Explores advanced topics in networking including optical networks, cellular networks, fixed infrastructure networks, multicast algorithms, routing protocols, distance vector and link state routing mechanisms, encryption, and more.

Cybersecurity in a Changing World

Explores the technical, social, economic, management, and policy dimensions of cybersecurity, providing a transdisciplinary perspective on one of the world’s more pronounced and dangerous technical phenomena.

IST 302

Introduces concepts and techniques for database design and management emphasizing the relational model, query optimization and performance tuning, and more.

IST 303
Software Development

Provides an understanding of modern software development principles and practices to support more advanced information systems and technology courses.


The Center for Information Systems and Technology (CISAT) at CGU participates in industry and academic partnerships designed to create internships, collaborations, practicum courses, and other opportunities. These include:

Claremont Graduate University’s comprehensive partnership with Esri, the world’s leading supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, offers numerous benefits, including:

Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance
CISAT is also a Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance Member, which gives our students and researchers access to the latest technologies for use in classroom assignments and projects.

IBM Watson Analytics Academic Program
To ensure students work with leading data analytics technologies, CISAT is part of the Watson Analytics Academic Program (WAP), which provides no-cost use of IBM® Watson Analytics software for classroom teaching and research.

Faculty & Research

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Steve Miranda

Director of Recruitment, Center for Information Systems & Technology
T: 909-607-1094