For undergraduates in the Whiting School of Engineering and the Krieger School of Engineering, as well as for undergraduates from local universities with which Johns Hopkins has established agreements of cooperation, students can pursue a concurrent bachelors/masters program in conjunction with the MSSI. In such a concurrent bachelors/masters program, an undergraduate can apply for admission into the MSSI program as early as the completion of the sophomore year. If accepted, each semester the student will generally take courses that satisfy the bachelor degree requirements or the MSSI requirements. Two courses can be double counted for the MSSI and the bachelors program. By means of involvement in the project component of the MSSI during summers as well as the regular academic year, it is possible for a student to complete both of the degree requirements in a total of 5 years, and at times even less depending on a student’s advanced placement credits and the extent to which summer session courses are taken relative to the undergraduate degree requirements. Students interested in the concurrent bachelor/masters program should consult with their undergraduate advisor regarding approval and scheduling before requesting admission into the MSSI program.

The Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute (ISI) and the Department of Computer Science (CS) in the Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) have approved the establishment of a two-year Dual Masters Program (DMP) combining the Master of Science in Security Informatics (MSSI) offered by ISI and the Master of Science in Engineering in Computer Science (MSECS) offered by CS. Admission into the DMP is approved on a case by case basis. DMP students are able to complete all the requirements for each of the two masters degrees (receiving two diplomas upon graduation) within a two year period by double counting as many as two courses towards the requirements of both degrees.

Study and research within the field of information security and assurance (IS&A) represents an extraordinary opportunity for students in the WSE. The availability of the ISI MSSI and CSMSECS within the WSE is distinguishing and represents an enormous opportunity. The DMP is attractive to students who are interested in building upon the fundamental relationships between the ISI MSSI program and the CS MSECS program. The commingling of courses and projects within the DMP Masters Program provides a platform for a unique graduate educational experience with both breadth and depth, particularly relevant as preparation for research and development initiatives of interest in both government and industry.

A similar Dual Masters Program (DMP) has been initiated regarding the ISI MSSI and the masters program in the Department of Applied Math and Statistics in the Whiting School of Engineering (WSE). The details of this DMP are similar in principal to those for theMSSI/MSECS, but there are some significant differences. Each program should be contacted if a student is interested.