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Graduate Bulletin

Information Technology Auditing and Cyber-Security, M.S.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:


  • December 10 - Early Decision
  • March 1 - International Application Deadline
  • May 31 - Domestic Application Deadline
  • June 30 - Late Deadline

Spring: October 30 (Part-Time only)

Applications are processed as they are received throughout the year.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with academic competence and/or professional references (employers) who know the applicant well and can attest to her/his leadership ability.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree, earned with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree in Accounting, Computer Science, MIS, or Risk Management is preferred. Other undergraduate degrees are considered for individuals already working in the field.

Statement of Goals:

One essay is required. It should discuss how you became interested in this field, what your professional plans and goals are, and how you see the degree program helping you achieve your goals.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GMAT/GRE is required.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 100 iBT or 600 PBT. Applicants may substitute the IELTS for the TOEFL with a comparable minimum score of 7.5.


A resume is required.


A personal interview may be requested to make a decision on the application.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

MIS 5121:  Enterprise Architecture for IT Auditors

MIS 5122:  Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

MIS 5201:  IT Audit Process

MIS 5202:  IT Governance

MIS 5203:  Implementing Systems Projects

MIS 5204:  Business Application Controls

MIS 5205:  IT Service Delivery and Support

MIS 5206:  Protection of Information Assets and Business Continuity

MIS 5287:  Business Skills for the IT Auditor

MIS 5902:  IT Auditing Capstone

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

The 10-course program culminates in a capstone that prepares students to take the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) examination.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management

1801 Liacouras Walk

701 Alter Hall (006-22)

Philadelphia, PA 19122




215-204-1632 (fax)

Department Contacts:

ITACS Program Director:
Richard Flanagan
Assistant Professor


Specialized Master’s Program Coordinator:
Jason Gasper-Hulvat
Associate Director for Specialized Master’s Programs


Munir Mandviwalla
Associate Professor



About the Program

The M.S. in Information Technology Auditing and Cyber-Security

(MS ITACS) program prepares students as entry-level IT auditors who have the skills and knowledge needed to pass the Information Systems Audit and Control Association’s (ISACA) Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam. The MS ITACS program is based on ISACA‘s model curriculum, and students are expected to complete the certification exam at the end of their study. The MS ITACS can also be substituted for one year of experience on the CISA application in most situations.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 6 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

The program consists of 10 courses delivered in both compressed and traditional semester formats and is designed to be completed in 12 months. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management

1801 Liacouras Walk

701 Alter Hall (006-22)

Philadelphia, PA 19122




215-204-1632 (fax)

Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.


Research is supported by the Fox School of Business and Management's Advanta Center for Research in Financial Institutions, the Biostatistics Research Center, the Center for Competitive Government, the Center for Healthcare Research and Management, the Center for Neural Decision Making, the Irwin L. Gross eBusiness Institute, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, the Institute of Global Management Studies, and the Small Business Development Center. Research interests of the Fox School faculty are also supported by numerous centers and institutes throughout Temple University.


The Fox School of Business and Management is highly ranked. Current ranking information may be viewed at the following website:



All Fox School of Business and Management graduate business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International), the association for management education.

Areas of Specialization:

Students accepted into the MS ITACS seek Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification.

Job Placement:

The 10-course MS ITACS program culminates in a capstone that prepares students to take the CISA examination. The degree can count as one year of experience toward fulfilling the CISA requirement. The Center for Student Professional Development at Fox School of Business and Management provides career services and helps students find rewarding employment upon graduation.


The curriculum prepares students to sit for the CISA credentialing exam.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

All courses in the MS ITACS program require the student to be matriculated.

Financing Opportunities

The Fox School of Business and Management recognizes outstanding educational achievement by awarding tuition scholarships. These awards are based on merit, which includes overall GPA, accounting course GPA, and GMAT scores, where applicable. Students being considered for merit-based scholarships do not need to complete additional forms or submit additional application essays or recommendations. Scholarship recipients are notified shortly after the admission decision is made.

Updated 11.1.12