Information Security (Infosec) MBA
In addition to a MBA degree, all graduates receive the NSA-approved certificate: Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals.
This program uses a "blended" format of instruction where the students meet with faculty face-to-face once every eight weeks in Reston, Va., on a Saturday at the beginning and end of every course. The rest of the course is completely Web-delivered, using leading-edge synchronous and asynchronous teaching methods.The entire program lasts 27 months. The program is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Information technology is changing the business environment
Our civilization is undergoing fundamental transformations; how people communicate, how goods and currency are exchanged, how we perceive time - everything is changing. The root cause behind these changes is information technology.
Executives have the enormous challenge of leading organizations through this revolutionary and tumultuous era. They still need to lead people, think strategically, manage both knowledge and physical resources, and communicate clearly. But now that information technology has permeated every aspect of business, they also need new skills and a new vision. And they need to understand how to protect the integrity of their transformed operations.
James Madison University is on the leading edge of information security education.
Since January 1997, JMU's College of Integrated Science and Technology (CISAT) has offered a master's degree in computer science concentrating in information security. The program was started under a grant from the National Security Agency and currently serves students from the Department of Defense, FBI, NSA, Defense Intelligence Agency and many private sector corporations. Moreover, the Center for Research in Information Systems Security Education makes its home in CISAT at JMU.
The Infosec MBA program began in August 2000 with its first cohort group.The 13th cohort will start in August, 2012.One course is taken at a time and each course lasts 8 weeks. The entire program lasts 27 months, including holiday breaks.
The program includes 10 core MBA courses, covering the basic business topics such as accounting, finance, marketing, management, and strategy. Each of these core coursesaddress some issues of information security as it relates to the specific discipline. Additionally, 4 courses focus specifically on information security topics that managers in today's business environment need to know.
Our Infosec MBA program effectively utilizes a 'blended' format. Each course includes critically important 4-hour face-to-face Saturday meetings in Reston, VA at the beginning and end of every course. The rest of the course is completely web-delivered, utilizing leading-edge synchronous and asynchronous teaching methods. Synchronous online sessions are when the entire class meet with the instructor online for a discussion; asynchronous online activities are those that students do at their own time, such as simulations, discussion boardsandmultimedia cases. This type of program maximizes teaching efficiency and effectiveness, while maintaining student flexibility.
Students who do not hold an undergraduate business degree must take certain prerequisite courses to be eligible for admission into the MBA Program. These prerequisite courses can be taken on campus at JMU or at other accredited institutions of higher education, including community colleges, that offer an equivalent course. If there is a question whether a course taken at another school meets this requirement, please contact the Director of the MBA Program for his approval.
The three prerequisite content areas are:
- Financial Accounting
- Foundations of Economics (Micro and Macro Economics)
The tuition for all students of Infosec MBA Cohort 12, whichstarted in August 2011, is $775 per credit hour. All courses are three credits.
System Requirements forOnline Sessions
The JMU Infosec MBA Program uses Elluminateand Blackboard software programs. Students are required to have access to a computer that will enable them to participate in the online portions of the courses. Theminimum requirements to be able to participate are:
- Windows 2000, XP, or Vista
- Apple OSX (10.1 or later)
- Internet Explorer 5.01 or later, Firefox 1.0 or later or Safari 2.0 or later
- 56 kbps or faster Internet connection for Blackboard, 128 kbps DSL or better for Elluminate
- Pentium II 233 MHz or higher processor with 128 MB or more memory
- 800x600 or higher display resolution
- Sound card, speakers, microphone (headset with microphone recommended)
The firstcohort of the Infosec MBA program started August 2000.Cohort 13 will start in August 2012.
Admission is based on a combination of the following:
- Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score
- Overall undergraduate grade point average
- Resume citing work experience
- Two letters of recommendation supporting the candidate's application for graduate school
- Minimum of two years full-time work experience
Students apply for admission to the Graduate School and the MBA Program by following these steps.
(1) Online application: Completely fill out the APPLICATION FORM and pay a $55 application fee. You will be asked to submit a current resume and two letters of recommendation during this process.
(2) Have the following items sent to the Graduate School, JMU, MSC 6702, Harrisonburg VA 22807:
(a) Official transcripts sent directly from all colleges/universities you haveattended.
(b) An official report sent directly from ETS of your GMAT score.
The final deadline for an application is July 1. However, a rolling admission process is used. All applications submitted byJune 25will be considered. Applications afterJune 25will be considered only if the program has an opening.
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Last updated October 23, 2017