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 M.S. In Security & Information Assurance - Course And Admission Requirements


​Program Course Requirements

The Master of Science in Security and Information Assurance (MS.SIA) requirement is thirty (30) credit hours that include twenty four (24) credit hours of course work (i.e., 8 courses) and six (6) credit hours of thesis work. Nine (9) credit hours are designated as major core courses. The program has another fifteen (15) credit hours out of which nine (9) credit hours must be taken from the Security and Information Assurance elective courses and other (6) credit hours are electives to be taken from graduate courses (e.g. Mathematics (MATH), Computer Science (ICS), Computer Engineering (COE), Systems Engineering (SE), Electrical Engineering (EE) courses, etc) subject to the approved student's degree plan. In brief, the MS.SIA formula for the required eight (8) courses (or 24 credits) is:
 
2 SEC Core + ICS 555 + 3 SEC Elective + 2 Elective + Thesis.
 
Admission Requirements

The applicant should have the equivalent degree of an undergraduate computer science major of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. In general, applicants with a four-year degree in related fields in science and engineering (e.g., computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, systems engineering, electrical engineering, information technology) may be considered for admission. However, an applicant lacking an adequate undergraduate training may be admitted if recommended by the department’s graduate committee and the Chairman, with the understanding that additional coursework must be taken to remove the deficiency in the undergraduate training, which is not credited towards the degree.

General University Admission Requirements For MS Degree

The minimum requirements for possible admission as a regular graduate student to pursue a Master program in engineering or science are as follows:

  • A four-year Bachelor’s (B.S.) Degree in engineering or science from a recognized institution with a major in the proposed field or evidence of suitable background for entering the proposed field.
  • A Grade-Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher on a scale of 4.00 or equivalent, and a GPA of 3.00 in the subject of the major field. Official transcripts and degree certificates are required for final admission.
  • Completion of TOEFL with a minimum score of 520 (PBT), 190 (CBT) or 68 (IBT). The TOEFL score must be sent directly to the Deanship of Graduate Studies. The KFUPM code is 0868. IELTS is also acceptable [min 5.5]
  • Acceptable General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) which should also be reported directly.
  • At least three letters of recommendation from the faculty who taught the applicant undergraduate courses. [Sealed and signed]
  • Satisfactorily meeting any additional departmental or university admission requirements.

Program Admission Requirements

The priority for the enrollment in the proposed program is for applicants who hold a BS degree in Computer Science or a related discipline such as Software Engineering or Computer Engineering. Applicants who hold BS in other related disciplines should have a satisfactory background in core areas of computer science which may include: computer networks, operating systems, algorithms, and programming.
Unsatisfactory background in any of these areas is considered a deficiency. Provisional admission may be granted to qualified students. Such students must take the appropriate deficiency course(s) at KFUPM with a grade of B or better before a change of status to regular graduate student.