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Information Systems Security MASc

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, or Computer Science.

Additional Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive and only applicants with high academic standing will be considered. Qualified applicants requiring prerequisite courses may be asked to take such courses in addition to their regular graduate program. The GCS Graduate Studies Committee, in consultation with the Institute, is responsible for the recommendation of all applications for admission.

Residence requirements. The minimum residence requirement for the Master’s degree is three terms (one year) of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.

Transfer from the Master of Engineering in Information Systems Security. Students, in good standing, who have completed a minimum of 12 credits in the Master of Engineering in Information Systems Security, may apply for a transfer to the Master of Applied Science in Information Systems Security.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Engineering Courses page for course descriptions.

Information Systems Security MASc (45 credits)


credits of Core Courses

INSE 6110 Foundations of Cryptography (4.00)
INSE 6120 Crypto-Protocol and Network Security (4.00)
INSE 6130 Operating Systems Security (4.00)

4credits chosen from courses approved by the student's supervisor(s), and either the Graduate Program Director of the Director of the Institute.


INSE 8901 Master of Applied Science Research and Thesis (29.00)

In order to graduate, students must have a CGPA of at least 2.70.

Additional Degree Requirements

Co-op Thesis Option. Students have the option to do the thesis work within the industrial milieu through the Institute for Co-operative Education. The suggested schedule of the program is as follows: fall and winter terms will be dedicated to course work, followed by two or three terms for research and development in industry, culminating in one or two terms in the Institute for the writing and defence of the thesis. Each student in this case will have a supervisor from the Institute and a mentor from industry. The intellectual property will be managed according to the University policy.

Academic Regulations

In order to graduate, students must have a CGPA of at least 2.70.

Program of Study. The student will follow the proposed course sequence. In addition, students have to consult with their supervisor for selecting a research topic. Students can enter this program as Co-op students. See.

Credits. Additional credits may be required in some cases.

Transfer Credits. Students may be granted transfer academic credits for, in general, not more than eight credits taken in approved graduate studies prior to their entry into this program. A course submitted for transfer credit must be appropriate to the student’s program of study at Concordia University. An application for such credit will be considered only at the time of admission.

Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulation page for further details regarding the Time Limits.

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