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Master of Science in Business Informatics – Security Management Online

Defend valuable data and digital assets from cyber threats when you strengthen your skillsets in network security, cryptography, vulnerability detection, application hardening, and more.

08/09/23 Next Application Due Date
08/21/23 Start Classes

Program Overview

Optimize your career with a master's in security management online

$16,080 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

Combine data security and business leadership expertise when you earn a Master of Science in Business Informatics – Security Management online from Northern Kentucky University. Benefit from the flexibility of an online program while gaining practical experience with hands-on labs and an optional co-op or internship.

Protect information systems from cyberattacks with cutting-edge technology skills and tools. Improve your understanding of cryptography, confidentiality and authentication protocols, web security botnets, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, logging and auditing systems, virtualization, and communication privacy. Plus, prepare for management roles with advanced business proficiency in communication, leadership, finance, data analysis, and project management.

In this online MBI program, you will learn how to:

  • Understand and apply current information technologies
  • Evaluate and adapt new technologies to meet business needs
  • Comprehend the organizational settings where these technologies will be implemented
  • Manage information systems as an organizational resource by making critical, IS-related decisions and by recruiting and retaining qualified IS personnel
  • Expand your proficiency in Oracle®, SQL, Tableau®, Power BI, KNIME, and R

As a graduate of this MBI program, you will be prepared for advancement into roles such as:

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Security Architect

Have questions or need more information about our online programs?

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Northern Kentucky University offers a variety of informatics programs online. Learn more about our online informatics programs.

Kevin Kirby

"Informatics is all about seeking human meaning in a world of data. It is how we find, process, protect, and share information."

– Kevin Kirby, Dean of the College of Informatics


Invest in your future with a security management master's degree online

The MBI online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. Financial aid may be available to eligible students.

Tuition breakdown:

$520 Per Credit Hour
$16,080 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Hour Course Required Fees Total With Fees
Master of Science in Business Informatics – Security Management $520 $1,560 $480 $16,080
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View key dates and deadlines

The MBI online program is delivered in a convenient online format, with 7-week courses that start six times a year. View the calendar to find the best start date for you and be sure to note corresponding deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

08/09/23 Apply By
08/21/23 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Summer 1 05/08/2023 04/26/2023 05/01/2023 05/04/2023 05/08/2023 06/23/2023
Summer 2 06/26/2023 06/14/2023 06/19/2023 06/22/2023 06/26/2023 08/11/2023
Fall 1 08/21/2023 08/09/2023 08/14/2023 08/18/2023 08/21/2023 10/06/2023
Fall 2 10/18/2023 10/05/2023 10/10/2023 10/13/2023 10/18/2023 12/08/2023
Spring 1 01/08/2024 01/02/2024 01/04/2024 01/05/2024 01/08/2024 02/23/202$
Spring 2 03/11/2024 02/29/2024 03/04/2024 03/08/2024 03/11/2024 04/26/2024

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?


Start your journey by checking our admission requirements

The admission process for the MBI online is streamlined to help you get started sooner. Requirements include:

Official transcripts of all coursework from accredited institutions
Professional resume which includes relevant experience
2.8 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale

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MBI Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from accredited institutions with a minimum undergraduate overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or higher
    • Applicants with an overall undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.8 must submit a current resume with evidence of three years of professional work experience

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

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Find out what you will study in our online security management master's degree

For the Master of Science in Business Informatics – Security Management online program, you must complete a total of 30 credit hours, including 21 credit hours of core courses and nine credit hours of electives. Students without a programming background may be required to take an additional programming course as advised by the program director.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the core concepts and fundamental principles of information systems in the context of business decision making. This will include a survey of the information systems discipline and an explanation of its importance in modern organizations. The key objective of the course is to give the student a good understanding of how managers can manage and exploit the potential of information technology for their own career and for the organization.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Develops an understanding of tools, techniques and methods for analysis, design and implementation of information systems. Uses theory and applied projects to build effective interpersonal and communication skills that are essential to interact with clients, users and other team members involved with development, operation and maintenance of information systems. Approaches to systems development such as Rapid application Development (RAD), Joint Application Development (JAD) and other techniques to create quality systems are explored.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In depth investigation of intelligent database management systems in support of business decision making. This course includes an investigation of all aspects of data modeling, database design and implementation of relation-al, object-oriented and semantic databases.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of software development project management practices, context and processes of software development projects, project risks and failures, managing technical personnel, and issues relating to project outsourcing.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course provides an overview of the field of Information Security and Assurance in various technical and administrative aspects including audit and controls. Students will be exposed to a spectrum of security activities, methods, methodologies, and procedures.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Business decisions require the basic skills of analyzing data to understand the problem more completely and to produce better answers. Information systems automate these tools and techniques allowing decision makers to get better information quicker. Through hands-on labs and a group project, this course will introduce students to the business analytics process, including problem modeling, tools, and techniques for analysis, and effectively communicating insights.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An overview of contemporary information technology (IT) computer, telecommunications, and office systems-management issues and principles with specific emphasis on setting the direction of IT resources and managing IT policy and strategy.

Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces students to network security; students learn about network attacks and vulnerabilities as well as current defenses; topics include cryptography, confidentiality and authentication protocols, web security botnets, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and communication privacy and anonymity.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will learn technologies behind web applications and servers, how applications and servers are exploited, and the defense mechanisms that can be used for server and application hardening. Hands-on labs on vulnerability detection and exploitation will be used to provide practical experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will learn about the fundamentals of administering and protecting both desktop and server systems, including access control, identify and access management, configuring and installing services, logging and auditing systems, virtualization and containerization, and how to harden OS images.

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