Design and Protect Networks with a Master’s in Information Technology
In the world of business and government, data is the most precious resource. Secure networks and telecommunication systems need IT professionals who can design and implement the latest protections against theft and intrusion. The IT industry needs workers like you with high ethical standards and the will and innovative skills needed to stop would-be intruders.
IT professionals often work directly with coworkers to complete tasks and are required to explain to clients how to solve the technical issues they may be facing. If you have an interest in technology, communications, business relations and management, and design and security of networks, then consider pursuing Liberty’s master’s degree in information technology with a specialization in network design and security.
At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among Niche.com’s Top 5 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.
Why Choose Liberty’s Master’s in Information Technology – Network Design and Security Program?
At Liberty University, our mission is Training Champions for Christ. This means we blend rigorous academics with a biblical worldview, so you have the tools you need to succeed in your career while glorifying Christ.
Our professors not only have real-world experience in their field, but they all hold doctoral-level degrees. This allows them to provide the practical skills and knowledge you need to further your career combined with the insightful knowledge of an accredited professional.
The future for IT professionals is exceedingly bright. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the demand for software developers to grow 22% through 2030,* and the increase for information security analysts is even higher at 33%.** The management, security, and software development skills you will gain in our master’s degree in information technology will prepare you to meet the high demand in this field.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Software Developers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm (visited Nov. 24, 2021)
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm (visited Nov. 24, 2021)
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
What Will You Learn in Our Master’s in Information Technology – Network Design and Security?
Our master’s degree in information technology – network design and security provides the training you need to become a critical thinker and create innovative improvement in the areas of network creation and security of data and information.
Learn how to control access to data through the use of firewalls, intrusion detection, and many more of the most advanced security measures available. Our IT degree will prepare you in the areas of information security, data and information management, project management, and web applications.
You will receive additional training in:
- The basics of cryptography
- Threat models and electric mail security, network layer security, firewalls, intrusion detection, and virtual private networks
- Managing and optimizing large networks both efficiently and securely
- Basic theory and applied mathematics
View the Degree Completion Plan, or take a look at our featured courses below to learn more about what you’ll study!
BMIS 662 – Telecommunications and Network Security
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- A managerial level review of technical knowledge and terminology for data, voice, image, and video communications and computer networks to effectively communicate with technical, operational, and management employees in telecommunications
- The telecommunications and network security domain, which includes topics like access control network structure, transmission methods, transport formats, and security measures used to maintain the integrity, availability, authentication, and confidentiality of the transmitted information over both private and public communication networks
- An overview of network security and the basics of cryptography
- Threat models, authentication and authorization mechanisms and standards, public key infrastructure, electronic mail security, network layer security, transport layer, and web security, packet filtering, firewalls, intrusion detection, and virtual private networks
CSCI 601 – Applied Network Security
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Hands-on, practical techniques for securing a network
- Installing, configuring, and using intrusion detection software, firewalls, anti-virus, and more
CSIS 651 – Network Architecture and Design
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- An in-depth analysis of network architecture models that are designed to support business strategies in a changing environment
- The optimization of network functionality including resilience, modularity, security, virtualization, management, and topology design
Program Highlights for the Master’s in IT – Network Design and Security
- Your capstone course will provide you with opportunities for invaluable first-hand experience in the field.
- Increase your job opportunities in business organizations by completing your Master of Science in Information Technology with a focus on software design and management.
- Learn from experienced professors with doctoral degrees and qualified practitioners in the field of technology concentrating on software design and management.
- Our School of Business is located in a state-of-the-art, 78,000-square-foot building on campus and provides you with information technology labs, a networking and data center, a simulated stock trading room with New York Stock Exchange display boards, the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for Cyber Excellence, and the Center for Financial Literacy.
- Get involved with our business-related student organizations and honor societies.
- You have the opportunity to graduate with a variety of certificates in systems such as Microsoft, SAP, and Cisco.
- Check out our 3+1 Accelerated Business Program. You can earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just 4 years!
Master’s in Network Design and Security Degree Information
Career Options with a Degree in IT – Network Design and Security
After completing our Master of Science in Information Technology – Network Design and Security degree, you can pursue many careers fields and job opportunities in information technology, including:
- Database administrator
- Information security analyst
- Network security manager
- Security auditor
Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents* and meet the minimum requirements for admission:
- Admission application
- Self-certification form (for students who are in the final term of their bachelor’s degree)
- Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a degree completion application through their ASIST account
- A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA for admission in good standing.
Students without the following coursework on their undergraduate transcript will be required to complete the following classes upon admission to the program:
- 3 hours in object-oriented programming (C++, C#, or Java)
- 3 hours in advanced object-oriented programming (C++, C#, or Java)
- 3 hours in computer networking
- 3 hours in algebra
- 3 hours in statistics