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Information Technology Security, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #701 (ARWU) Oshawa, Canada
The Master of Information Technology Security (MITS) program is a graduate professional program that prepares individuals to work in the high-demand IT security industry. The program adopts a project method that provides students with the experience to apply core course materials to a substantial project in the workplace during the latter part of the program.

Overview

The MITS program is one of the first of its kind in Canada and one of few specialized IT security graduate degree programs available in the world. Through theory and applied learning, the program enables students to develop an extensive understanding of business and information technology security, polish communication skills and examine business and IT ethics in a team environment.

To achieve the objectives of the program and to enhance students' learning experience, it is important for the program to provide students with the necessary hands-on skills and knowledge. The Faculty of Business and Information Technology provides a Hacker Research Lab to enhance the curriculum of the MITS program. This lab facility hosts an array of network settings and consists of a variety of network equipment and wireless devices in a secure setting. It offers students a secluded environment within which to work on various IT security projects and experiments.

The MITS curriculum contains the domains found in the Certified Information Systems Security Profession (CISSP) exam. The curriculum also provides students with the opportunity to apply core course concepts to a substantial project in the workplace. This plan of study introduces students to the fundamental knowledge of the ever-changing IT security field. MITS graduates will not only be able to understand and apply the best of current practice but will also be able to act as managers of transformation to improve that practice as the field evolves. MITS graduates are prepared to work at different levels as IT security professionals.

Fields

MITS students have the option to study the field of Artificial Intelligence in Security within the program. This professional stream is the first of its kind in Canada and combines a deep knowledge of IT Security with hands-on knowledge of artificial intelligence systems and machine learning, and provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the applications of this technology. Graduates of this program can seek employment in the growing artificial intelligence industry as well as IT security firms.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Law and Ethics of IT Security
  • Advanced Communication Networks
  • Operating Systems Security
  • Secure Software Systems
  • Cryptography and Secure Communications
  • Security Policies and Risk Management
  • MITS Seminar
  • Attack and Defence
  • Biometrics/Access Control and Smart Card Technology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    83

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  • Minimum required score:

    560

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Application form
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • One unofficial transcript of each previous undergraduate and graduate transcript
  • One- to two-page statement of academic intent
  • Photocopy of your degree parchment(s)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    994 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 994 CAD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    994 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 994 CAD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    466 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 466 CAD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Oshawa

  • 1100 - 1700 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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