Cyber Forensics & Information Security: Robert Morris University Cyber Forensics & Information Security | Robert Morris University

Undergraduate

As new technological innovations continue to proliferate in our society, so do the opportunities for technology exploitation. Once a mere nuisance, hackers now threaten private citizens, businesses, and government agencies. 

Government and law enforcement agencies need skilled professionals who can join the fight against cyber crime, cyber terrorism, identity theft, and the exploitation of minors. Companies and other private sector organizations need skilled professionals with both business acumen and technology skills for recognizing and mitigating vulnerabilities. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) predicts there will be over 65,000 new jobs for "Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Network Architects" by 2020.

The Cyber Forensics and Information Security program combines the disciplines of technology, business, organizational behavior, and law. Students learn techniques used to detect, respond to, and prevent network intrusions. They also master broader concepts such as the responsible use of resources, the appropriate management of risks, and the alignment of information technology with the organization.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) predicts there will be over 65,000 new jobs for "Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Network Architects" by 2020.

2010 national mean bachelor-level entry-level salaries:
(information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)

By type of employer By job function
Aerospace $57,000 Computer Programming $49,780
Banking (Investment) $56,667 Consulting $53,875
Computer Systems Design/Consulting/Programming $47,000 Investment Banking (Sales/Trading) $57,000
Consulting Services $59,250 Network Administration $53,333
Financial Services $59,700 Software Design and Development $49,333
Government (State and Local) $40,000 Systems Analysis and Design $56,667
Insurance $69,500 Other Computer Related $52,356
Software Publishers $55,000    
2009 RMU Salary Survey Mean: Range:
Computer Information Systems $67,500 $50,000 - $85,000
Information Sciences $58,200 $44,600 - $75,000
Information Systems Management $40,167 $25,000 - $70,000

Below is a typical four-year course of study for cyber forensics & information security students, including major requirements and some electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests.

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Reading and Writing Strategies Intro. to Decision Support Systems
Survey of Economics General Psychology
History elective Principles of Sociology
Humanities: Art and Music Argument & Research
Elective Science elective
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Statistics Intro. to Computer Forensics
Public Speaking and Persuasion Programming Language I
Legal/Forensics Concentration Business Professional Communication
Business elective Legal/Forensics Concentration
Elective Business elective
  Elective
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Network Technology and Management Network/Information Security
Systems Analysis and Design Programming Language II
Legal/Forensics Concentration Database Management Systems
Business elective Legal/Forensics Concentration
Business elective Business elective
  Elective
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Legal/Forensics Concentration Project Management
Legal/Forensics Concentration Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective


Students develop professional experience through internships and cooperative education in Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit and health care organizations, and with small businesses. The supervised work experience provides the student with hands-on experience in hardware and software technology, applications, and organizational operations.

There is always a strong demand for computing internships in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Even as the recession hit, this demand remained steady. Just about every organization that hires our graduates for full-time positions is also regularly looking to hire interns. As a result, the number of internships available usually exceeds the number of candidates, which is an advantage for our students. In fact, a large number of our undergraduate majors have jobs in the field once they complete their second year of study. 

The Computer and Information Systems Department also offers a five-year, integrated B.S. and M.S. degree for all six of its master's degree programs. For most students, the program requires 150 credits.

School computing facilities include both PCs and Macs, geographic information systems and business intelligence software, the university VMware View Server, and remote access to five servers for web pages, database, and security programs.

The Wheatley Center 
The School of Communications and Information Systems is now housed in the Wheatley Center. This soaring, 50,000 square-foot complex, glowing with colored LED accents, includes classrooms, computer labs, media arts studios, editing suites, a gallery, and teleconferencing facilities, as well as faculty and administrative offices, student meeting spaces and a café. The new building also provides access to geographic information systems software and business intelligence software.

Faculty members in the School of Communications and Information Systems are recognized for their dedication to teaching, academic research, global understanding, and professional experience. Our faculty regularly wins awards and accolades for excellence in teaching and research. As guides and mentors, they motivate students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their field of study. Faculty members encourage students to engage in scholarly pursuits, including participation in academic conferences and professional organizations. Our faculty members hail from seven countries on four continents, helping to broaden students’ global understanding. Many lead study abroad trips and international student exchanges in Europe, South America, and Asia. Finally, SCIS faculty members’ professional experience and community involvement help students connect what they’re learning in the classroom to the workplace. 

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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