Program Description

The Graduate InfoSec program at James Madison University is designed for working professionals. The program is delivered to students through the Internet without the frustration of commute and traffic to and from on-campus classrooms. JMU InfoSec provides professional development and research opportunities for those currently employed or interested in information security or infrastructure protection positions in both the government and private industry.

The program is attuned to the rapid advances in our information society and incorporates new technologies and laws into the program curriculum. Information Security is covered in every class as it relates to the course subject matter.

Typically, candidates have prior degrees in Computer Science or ample work experience in the field. Although programming is not used extensively, students are required to write programs in several courses. In order to succeed in the program, candidates must have skills in the following areas:

  • C++
  • Computer Organization
  • Data Structures
  • Discrete Math

Depending on their backgrounds, students may be required to take one or more of these preparatory courses. These courses are offered online as preparatory courses by the JMU InfoSec program. Students may decide to take these courses at a local college or university, but prior approval is necessary. Although not required, many students take preparatory courses to refresh their basic computer science skills and knowledge.

Mission Statement

We are committed to providing a premier information security education that equips graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to design, implement, and maintain secure modern information infrastructures and systems.


JMU InfoSec is associated with security initiatives both within and outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Many of the initiatives were founded at JMU.

Program History

JMU InfoSec was established in January 1997. It is one of the first graduate Information Security programs in the nation. 34 students graduated in 1999. Nineteen of those students were Department of Defense employees educated under a contract with the National Security Agency.

In 1999, the program moved to 100% Internet-based, asynchronous interactive classrooms. Students are never required to attend on-campus classes at JMU. Our classes are available world-wide at anytime. Students are required to participate in weekly class discussions. We currently have over 200 highly successful graduates.

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