The MS Information Security program is designed to cater for the distinct needs of professionals wishing to pursue a professional career in the field of information security.

The students enrolled in MSIS program will have to complete 12 credit hours (typically 4 courses) of core courses. The core courses are carefully designed to cover the breadth of information security theory and practice. The students will also have to complete another 12 credit hours (typically 4 courses) of elective courses. These courses can be selected based on the students' interest and the areas of specialization they are wish to follow.

Additionally, the students are required to either complete an industrial project or complete a research thesis of 9 credit hours (typically spanning two semesters).
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Core Courses (12 Credit Hours)

Electives (12 Credit Hours)



The program is structured to meet the requirements of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan for Master of Science (MS) degree program. The program is offered by Riphah International University, which is a Federally Chartered University based in Islamabad, Pakistan. The program is approved by the relevant university authorities.


PhD Information Security program is designed to cater for the needs of candidates wishing to prepare themselves for doctoral level study or embark on a research based career. The PhD program (duration approximately 3 - 6 years) is structured on the basis of minimum 48 credit hours.

The program requirements involve minimum 18 credit hours of course work and 30 credit hours of research work. The candidate has to pass the comprehensive examination after successful completion of course work.
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The program aims to develop core competencies in the fields of computer networks security, application security, and information security management. The students will learn the technical aspects of information security by understanding current threats and vulnerabilities and examining ways of developing effective countermeasures. To cater for wide range of professional and academic interests, students have the option of selecting fifthy percent of their course work according to their specific needs.


To fulfill the growing national need of well trained professionals to work in a wide range of roles to protect information systems in all types of organizations, including research and academia.

To contribute towards need of protecting national information infrastructure from all kinds of threats.

To play an effective role in international efforts to make the cyberspace safe, secure and reliable for the national and international communities.