Master of Science in Information System Security (MSc. ISS) - Strathmore University | Educartis

2 years
On Campus


Course Overview

This two year Master of Science in Information Technology (IT) is designed to meet the increasing demand in the workplace for IT professionals with a broad and sound knowledge of both technical and managerial skills. Taken on-campus, this programme is intended for professionals with growing experience in the workplace and has a unique blend of courses, a diverse student body, and coursework taught by academic professors with industry partnerships. Our faculty prepares graduates to strategically plan, implement, and manage information technology systems in a broad range of industries. 

With an evolving vulnerable landscape, it's no surprise that the information security industry is booming and many employers, across many industries, are seeking  skilled IT professionals who can create policies that set a framework for proper controls and who will perform risk management and software development security. If you're looking for a high-paying and very rewarding job that is constantly growing in scope, then this Master's programme will provide you with an objective measure of competence and a globally recognised standard of achievement. 

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How This Course Will Benefit Your Career

At the end of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Develop further knowledge in IT through research, with the intention of progressing to doctoral levels. 
  • Identify key purpose, benefits, and process of information classification and how it is used to determine access control policies.
  • Define and apply the information security governance and risk management framework within their place of work.
  • Identify the key terms and processes of security operations and how to protect and control information processing assets.
  • Develop the required leadership skills needed for a management position within their company. 

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Certification obtained

Master of Science in Information System Security (MSc. ISS)

What jobs will I qualify for?

This course will enhance students' skills in a number of careers, including: 

  • System Designer/Developer 
  • Systems Analyst 
  • Senior Level IT Manager
  • IT Audit & Security Expert 



On Campus, 2 years, Flexible


Online and On Campus, 4 years, Flexible


On Campus, 8 months, Flexible


When do I start?

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Admission Criteria

The following are eligible for admission into the Master of Science (IT) programme:

  • Holders of First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degrees in a Computer Science or IT discipline from recognised universities
  • Holders of other related qualifications fromrecognised universities, considered by the Academic Council as equivalent to a First Class or Upper Second Class degree in Computer Science or IT discipline
  • Holders of Lower Second Class degrees plus Postgraduate Diploma or Certificates with at least two year’s working experience in a business or research environment.

Exemptions and Credit transfers will be granted at the discretion of the Academic Council and will be no more that 50% of the total course loading.

How do I apply?

To apply for this course, students must: 

  • Fill out an application form
  • Attend and pass an oral interview and graduate entrance examination (GEE) 
  • Interviews are held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:00 PM 
  • Provide: 
    • 2 passport sized photos
    • Copies of certificates
    • Two reference letters from academic referees 
    • Copy of National ID/Passport 
    • 2000 KSH interview fee 

Payment options

Strathmore University is pleased to inform its students, parents and sponsors, that it has developed an easy and convenient platform for payment of fees. This platform was developed in collaboration with CFC Stanbic Bank and allows students/parents/guardians to pay fees using internet banking. The platform also allows for MPesa mode of payment.

Online Banking 
Complete the transaction request via your respective bank platform, taking note of the following: 
  • Account Name: Strathmore University 
  • Account Number: This includes the Strathmore University Number (99020) and your student number
  • Bank Details
    • Bank - Stanbic Bank 
    • Branch  Chiromo - 31000 
    • Swift - SBICKENX

  • Go to your M-PESA Application 
  • Under Pay Bill Option, input 168633 (Stanbic Bank Pay Bill Number) 
  • Under Account Name Option, input 99020 (Strathmore University Number) and your six digit student account number. 
  • Input the amount to be paid and complete the transaction. 

Cash and Bankers Cheque
Simply visit any Stanbic Bank branches countrywide and provide the teller with the cash/bankers cheque and your six digit student number.

Students may also pay fees (cash and bankers cheque deposits only) to any of the following accounts:

  1.  Standard Chartered Bank (any branch in Kenya) Account No. 010 204 484 4 000
  2.  Co-operative Bank of Kenya (any branch in Kenya) Account No. 01129 1604946 00

Financing Options 
  • Strathmore students get loads for Higher Education Loans Board (HELB). 
  • The university also has an arrangement to provide 4 year tuition loans with KIVA. The repayment period for KIVA is five years which commences one year after graduation. 

Detailed course information

This course is taken on-campus at Strathmore University. The main topics explored include: 

  • Security and Risk Management
  • Asset Security
  • Security Engineering
  • Communications and Network Security
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Security Assessment and Testing
  • Security Operations
  • Software Development Security

Where and When


Strathmore University

Madaraka Estate, Ole Sangale Road, off Langata Road. , Nairobi, Kenya


Strathmore University

Madaraka Estate, Ole Sangale Road, off Langata Road. , Nairobi, Kenya

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