IT Governance and Controls Track

As information technology (IT) becomes ever more tightly woven into the fabric of commerce and government, and as IT applications grow in breadth, capability, and complexity, so grows the demand for professional expertise in IT governance, controls, risk management, and assurance. IT professionals looking for growth and advancement have an exceptional opportunity to ensure technology goals match business goals through IT Governance and Controls positions.

The worldwide shortage of Certified Information System Auditors and Certified Information Security Managers is critical. In North Texas alone, more than 1500 openings for Information Technology Risk Managers or Information Technology Auditors wait to be filled. Prospective IT Auditors and IT Risk Management Analysts who obtain the necessary training and certifications can reasonably expect to find immediate, stable, high-income employment opportunities.

The MSIEM IT Governance and Controls Track

SMU has responded to this demand by creating a new track within its Master of Science in Information Engineering and Management: IT Governance and Controls. Developed for alignment with the industry-standard ISACA International Model Curriculum, this specialized sequence is only the fourth such offering in the United States. The program consists of ten courses, blending advanced information engineering and managerial techniques with focus topics covering IT control concepts and procedures; technical, environmental, logical, and physical security issues, as well as IT governance structures.

With this ISACA partnership, SMU became

  • The 10th university in the world,
  • The 4th university in the U.S., and
  • The 1st engineering school globally

to offer such an innovative program.

A career-advancing program, the MSIEM/ITGC sequence is an outstanding tool for recruiting, rewarding, and retaining top talent As such, it is open only to highly motivated individuals who have an appropriate undergraduate degree and significant professional IT or audit experience.

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