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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Information Security and Risk Management

Admission Requirements

Individual applications will be evaluated holistically, which includes consideration of work experience (preferably in IT, Security, or Management), certifications or training in information security or management, educational background, and military service.

Applicants to the ISRM PSM degree program will need to provide the following information as part of the application process:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by NACES. Degree must be in a field related to information security, management, information technology, information systems, software development, computer science, or psychology.
    There is a cumulative grade point average (GPA) requirement of 3.25 or higher on a 4.00 scale. If GPA < 3.25, the student’s Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be submitted along with the application.
    For those whose native tongue is not English, you will need to provide proof of English language proficiency and a minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (Internet-based test) on the TOEFL are required.
  2. A professional resume, with the components outlined below.
  3. Brief overview of any (active or lapsed) certifications or training in information security or management, and any military service.
  4. A 250-word professional goal statement essay in which the applicant documents their experience with and passion for the field. The applicant must address what draws them to this field, and what contributions they intend to make by pursuing this degree.

Application Pre-Processing


In order to speed up the process, ISRM PSM program applicants are encouraged to email the elements listed above to to have their application request evaluated.


Professional Resume Components

    Include the following sections (when relevant) in the resume that you submit as part of your application for admission:

  • Name, address, phone, cell phone, email, and any other contact information
  • Education (degree, institution, major, date degree conferred)
  • Certifications (include expired)
  • Professional employment history (organization, location, position title, dates)
  • Honors, awards, and scholarships
  • Professional organization memberships
  • Leadership positions/involvement in professional organizations and employment situations (past and current)
  • Scholarly activities including publications, professional presentations, research activities, and or consultation (local, regional, national, international)
  • Professional service activities

Exit Requirements

  • In addition to the graduation requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, students in this program must also satisfactorily complete a capstone internship experience demonstrating an appropriate level of mastery of each of the program level outcomes.
  • Depending on whether the student is currently employed in the field, the capstone experience can be performed for the current employer or as part of an internship, externship, or, with prior approval from program director, to benefit a non-profit entity. However, student must present to both a faculty of the program and an employer. Where appropriate, intellectual property waivers and/or non-disclosure agreements will need to be in place ahead of such presentation.