Completion of the MSSI program requires a minimum of 10 approved courses of three or more credit hours, or the equivalent, and a capstone project. Students must choose one of two tracks – Technology & Research or Policy & Management.

Program Requirements

  • All courses toward the degree requirement must be 600-level or above. Other courses can be used with the approval of the program.
  • Courses not found on the area-specific lists can be used to meet area requirements with prior approval from the student’s advisor and the program.
  • At most two independent study courses can be counted toward the course requirements.
  • No courses with grades of P may be counted with the exception of independent study courses.
  • At most two courses may be transferred from other institutions. The student’s faculty advisor and the director of the program must approve such transfer courses.
  • The overall grade point average of the courses counted towards the coursework requirements must be 3.00 or higher.
  • At most two courses with grade less than B- may be counted towards the course work requirements. No courses with grade less than C- may be counted.
  • A grade of D or F results in probation. A second D or F is cause for being dropped from the program.

  • Five Technology courses: at least four Core Technology courses including at least one Core Technology course in Cryptography.
  • Three Core Policy/Management/Health courses: at least one Core Policy course and one Core Management course.
  • Two additional courses from Core or Elective Technology categories; or when deemed appropriate relative to a student’s background, interests, and goals AND with the prior approval of the faculty advisor and the program, from other course areas.

  • Three Technology courses: at least two Core Technology courses including at least one Core Technology course in Cryptography.
  • Five Core/Foundational Policy/Health/Management courses: at least one course from each of Core Policy/Management/Health categories and at least one Foundational Management course.
  • Two additional courses from Core/Elective Technology or Core/Foundational Policy/Management/Health categories; or when deemed appropriate relative to a student’s background, interests, and goals AND with the prior approval of the faculty advisor and the program, from other course areas.

In general, the MSSI Capstone Project will include both technology and non-technology components, and will be conducted within a team-structured environment comprised of students and faculty mentors (plus external mentors if appropriate). These projects can be sponsored by government/industry partners and affiliates and can also be related to faculty research programs supported by grants and contracts. They should relate to real-world problems and exhibit both theoretical and practical significance. The project must be documented by a report and presentation, as well as other applicable deliverables including but not limited to system prototypes, utility libraries, experimental demonstrations, conference or journal submissions, and so on. It should follow the best practice of system design and development.

Students should actively initiate the project while communicating with a potential faculty mentor. They are expected to develop a project plan before the project starts. A presentation will be scheduled when the project concludes. The faculty mentor should approve each milestone of the project. When the project is completed with all the deliverables, the faculty mentor determines whether the project is satisfactory for the MSSI degree requirement.

Click on “MSSI Capstone Project Requirements” for detailed requirements.