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Security Technologies M.S.S.T.

Technological Leadership Institute
College of Science and Engineering
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Contact Information
Security Technologies Graduate Program, Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota, 290 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455 (612-624-5474; fax: 612-624-7510)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 32
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science in Security Technologies
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The master of science in security technologies (MSST) shapes tomorrow's analytical and risk management policy makers and innovators through a multi-disciplinary graduate program developed in response to growing demand in many levels of industry and government. During the 14-month program and through a multidisciplinary systems approach, the program synthesizes core learning in four areas: security methods and foundations; application expertise (including cyber, bio, food, infrastructure, global supply chains); systems science (interdependency among critical networks, components, human capital, organizational dimensions); and social and policy dimensions. Through elective courses, students also choose a learning track in either security systems technologies or security risk management. Students can further specialize through a range of elective courses. This program bridges disciplines to address local, regional, national, and global areas of need, seeding innovative capabilities while enabling interdisciplinary connections through direct links to industry, business, and government partners.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
A bachelor's degree in a related field, e.g. in biological or physical sciences, engineering, computer science, mathematics, statistics, social sciences, or public policy.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants should have one year of calculus, probability/statistics, or two science or engineering courses.
Special Application Requirements:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for the program's start in the summer of each year. Additional information is available at http://tli.umn.edu/graduate/msst/prospective_students.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan B: Plan B requires 26 major credits and 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is written and oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:The Plan B project is an independent applied investigation on a relevant issue in security technologies or homeland security.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required for students to remain in good standing.
The MSST program requires 32 credits in the fields of systems risk analysis, engineering (hardware and software), emerging technologies, economics, human factors, law, food and bio safety, and public policy to teach and investigate security technologies and address pertinent issues. The 32 credits consist of 24 credits in MSST core courses, 2 credits for the capstone course, and 6 credits in electives outside the major.
Core Courses
Take 0.5 credits of ST 8440
ST 8109 - Cybersecurity Foundations - Technology, Risk & Communication (2.0 cr)
ST 8110 - Security Science and Technology Foundations (3.0 cr)
ST 8111 - Methods, Theory, and Applications (2.5 cr)
ST 8113 - Information and Cyber Security (2.0 cr)
ST 8220 - Vulnerability, Risk and Threat Assessment and Management (3.0 cr)
ST 8221 - Communications of Risk and Security (1.0 cr)
ST 8330 - Critical Infrastructure Protections (3.0 cr)
ST 8331 - Dynamic Systems Modeling and Simulation Tools (2.0 cr)
ST 8440 - Security Practicum (0.5-2.0 cr)
ST 8510 - Psychology/Behavior Intelligence for Homeland Security (2.0 cr)
ST 8511 - Public Policy (1.0 cr)
ST 8512 - Partnership in Conflict Management: Security/Privacy Law, Social Responsibility and Ethics (2.0 cr)
Capstone Project
Take a total of 2 credits
ST 8620 - Capstone (0.5-2.0 cr)
Electives
Other courses may be selected in consultation with the director of graduate studies.
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ST 8200 - Special Topics in Security Technologies (0.5 cr)
· ST 8441 - Internship (optional) (0.5 cr)
· CI 5301 - Foundations of Computer Applications for Business and Education (3.0 cr)
· CSCI 5221 - Foundations of Advanced Networking (3.0 cr)
· CSCI 5271 - Introduction to Computer Security (3.0 cr)
· CSCI 5471 - Modern Cryptography (3.0 cr)
· CSCI 8715 - Spatial Databases and Applications (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 5604 - Environmental Management Systems and Strategy (3.0 cr)
· FNRM 5131 - Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Natural Resources (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 5561 - Principles of Geographic Information Science (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 5563 - Advanced Geographic Information Science (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5564 - Urban Geographic Information Science and Analysis (3.0 cr)
· GIS 5574 - Web GIS and Services (3.0 cr)
· GIS 5577 - Spatial Database Design and Administration (1.0 cr)
· IDSC 6040 - Information Technology Management (2.0 cr)
· IDSC 6050 - Information Technologies and Solutions (2.0 cr)
· IDSC 6423 - Enterprise Systems (2.0 cr)
· IDSC 6444 - Business Analytics for Managers I (2.0 cr)
· IDSC 6481 - Managerial Decision Making (2.0 cr)
· IDSC 8003 - Accounting and Information Systems (4.0 cr)
· LAW 6022 - LL.M. Legal Writing and Legal Skills II (2.0 cr)
· LAW 6103 - Data Privacy Law (3.0 cr)
· LAW 6241 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· LAW 6606 - Administrative Law (3.0 cr)
· LAW 6705 - Information Governance (2.0 cr)
· LAW 6806 {Inactive} (2.0-3.0 cr)
· LAW 6832 - Seminar: Cyber-Security - Spies, Lies and Prying Eyes (2.0 cr)
· MATH 5248 - Cryptology and Number Theory (4.0 cr)
· MATH 5251 - Error-Correcting Codes, Finite Fields, Algebraic Curves (4.0 cr)
· MGMT 6004 - Negotiation Strategies (2.0 cr)
· MGMT 6034 - Strategic Leadership (2.0 cr)
· MGMT 6084 - Management of Groups (2.0 cr)
· MGMT 6402 - Integrative Leadership: From Theory to Practice (3.0 cr)
· OLPD 5310 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
· OLPD 5611 - Facilitation and Meeting Skills (1.0 cr)
· OLPD 5619 - Planning and Decision-Making Skills (1.0 cr)
· OLPD 6402 - Integrative Leadership Seminar (3.0 cr)
· PA 5011 - Management of Organizations (3.0 cr)
· PA 5105 - Integrative Leadership Seminar (3.0 cr)
· PA 5405 - Public Policy Implementation (3.0 cr)
· PA 5701 - Science and State (3.0 cr)
· PA 5711 - Science, Technology & Environmental Policy (3.0 cr)
· PA 5741 - Risk, Resilience and Decision Making (1.5 cr)
· PA 5822 - International Security (3.0 cr)
· PA 8201 - Environment and Infrastructure Planning (4.0 cr)
· PA 8821 - National Security Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 5885 - International Conflict and Security (3.0 cr)
· POL 8402 - International Security (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 5231 - Emergency Preparedness: A Public Health Perspective (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6103 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6112 - Environmental Health Risk Assessment: Application to Human Health Risks from Exposure to Chemicals (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6123 - Violence Prevention and Control: Theory, Research, and Application (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6182 - Emerging Infectious Disease: Current Issues, Policies, and Controversies (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 6571 - Leading Performance Improvement in Health Care (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6702 - Integrative Leadership Seminar (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 7214 - Principles of Risk Communication (1.0 cr)
· PUBH 7221 - Planning for Urgent Threats (1.0 cr)
· PUBH 7223 - Concepts of Disaster Behavioral Health (1.0 cr)
· PUBH 7225 - Communication and Information Technology Tools for Public Health Emergency Response (1.0 cr)
· PUBH 7227 - Incident Management Systems: The Public Health Role (1.0 cr)
· PUBH 7230 - Topics in Infectious Disease (0.5-4.0 cr)
· PUBH 7233 - Food System Defense: Vulnerabilities in the Food System (1.5 cr)
· PUBH 7242 - War and Public Health (1.0 cr)
· SCO 6059 - Quality Management and Lean Six Sigma (4.0 cr)
· SCO 8892 - Readings in Operations and Management Science (1.0-8.0 cr)
· SOC 8412 - Social Network Analysis: Theory and Methods (3.0 cr)
· VMED 5920 - Food Defense: Prepare, Respond, Recover (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 5001 - Introduction to Graduate Studies in Scientific and Technical Communication (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 5112 - Information Design: Theory and Practice (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 5561 - Editing and Style for Technical Communicators (3.0 cr)
· Special Topics Electives
The following electives are topics courses. Only the approved topic titles below may be used.
· CSCI 5980 - Computation Geo-Informatics (3 credits)
HIST 5900 - European Nationalism and National Identity (3 credits)
IDSC 6490 - Information-Based Goods in the Network Economy (2 credits)
PA 5190 - Managing Conflict: Negotiation (3 credits)
PA 5890 - International Crisis Simulation (1 credit)
PA 5920 - Action-Oriented Strategy Mapping (1 credit)
PA 5920 - Assessing Leadership Capability (1 credit)
PA 5920 - Stakeholder/SWOT Analysis and Casual Mapping (0.5 credits)
PA 8790 - Risk Analysis for Science and Technology Policy (3 credits)
PUBH 7200 - Best Practices in Emergency Response (1 credit)
PUBH 7200 - Data Driven Decision-Making (1 credit)
PUBH 7200 - Design for Disaster (1 credit)
PUBH 7200 - Disaster 101 (1 credit)
PUBH 7200 - Epidemiology of Foodborne Pathogens (1 credit)
PUBH 7200 - Farm to Table Study Program (2 credits)
PUBH 7200 - Food Defense: Vulnerabilities in Food System and How to Close Them (1 credit)
PUBH 7200 - Food Facility Bio-Security: Cleaning and Sanitation for Food Facilities (1 credit)
PUBH 7200 - Food Systems Biosecurity Action Planning (1.5 credits)
PUBH 7200 - Using Risk Analysis Tools: Estimating Food Safety Risks on the Farm to Table Continuum (1 credit)
 
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ST 8109 - Cybersecurity Foundations - Technology, Risk & Communication
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Explore cyber security risks through evaluation of consumer driven technology concepts and their applicability to enterprise. Core technology concepts that face both consumers and businesses. How technology works, how to understand and communicate risks to business management, deliver actionable risk mitigation approaches. Security standards and benchmarks that guide industry. This course is also open to non-ST graduate students and non-degree graduate students who may register with permission/consent from the ST program. (DGS, DGSA or teaching faculty.)
ST 8110 - Security Science and Technology Foundations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Essential areas of emerging science and pivotal technology disciplines for homeland security. Nanotechnology, sensor networks (biosensing, critical infrastructure protection), food and biosafety, cyber and control systems security, and secure energy technologies. Current state-of-the-art status for each technology, together with barriers and opportunities for commercialization. prereq: Admitted student in security technologies program
ST 8111 - Methods, Theory, and Applications
Credits: 2.5 [max 2.5]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Methods, theory, techniques and models for understanding risk and implementing security strategies. Processes, methods, and application of risk assessment and management. Approaches for building scenarios, assessing the effectiveness of alternative management strategies, and designing risk management and mitigation plans. Case studies/simulations. How to use emergency management tools, techniques, and resources.
ST 8113 - Information and Cyber Security
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Existing and emerging IT, cyber, communication networks, and coordination activities during emergencies. Technological and policy issues for the need to share information through the use of interoperable technologies and to rapidly collect and synthesize data in real time in order to achieve critical national security. In addition to MSST grad students this course is also open to non-ST graduate students and non-degree graduate students who may register with permission/consent from the ST program (DGS, DGSA or teaching faculty).
ST 8220 - Vulnerability, Risk and Threat Assessment and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Principles, methods, and practices of threat and vulnerability assessment/risk reduction. Integration of risk assessment and management principles into strategic planning/decision-making. Case studies. Examples of risk assessment/management. prereq: Admitted to MSST grad program
ST 8221 - Communications of Risk and Security
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analyze public speaking. How to be an effective listener, how to prepare for effective public speaking, how to be an effective writer, communicate by email, write for emphasis, tone, and business writing. prereq: MSST grad student
ST 8330 - Critical Infrastructure Protections
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Systems risk analysis, engineering, economics, and public policy. Investigate infrastructure security/support design and management of complex civil infrastructure systems. Systems' vulnerability assessment, asset and risk management, investigation of infrastructure interdependencies and couplings, along with judicious analyses of policies. Contribution of science and technology to strategically enhance security/quality of life. prereq: MSST grad student
ST 8331 - Dynamic Systems Modeling and Simulation Tools
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Techniques for modeling complex systems and predicting and evaluating consequences, risks and the potential utility of interventions and countermeasures in the context of intentional disruption or use of the system as an attack vehicle. Importance of inter/intra system modeling. Variety of modeling approaches. How systems can be characterized focusing on the parameters that are important for consequence assessment, risk assessment, capability benchmarking, and decision support. Develop a systems and simulation-based approach to risk assessment, preparedness, intervention assessment, and problem solving.
ST 8440 - Security Practicum
Credits: 0.5 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Seminars and focused workshops on selected areas of security science and technology. prereq: Admitted to MSST grad program
ST 8510 - Psychology/Behavior Intelligence for Homeland Security
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Political, psychological, sociological, and economic foundations and dynamics of both terrorism and homeland security. Contemporary debates over terrorism, counterterrorism, and homeland security. Students develop their own (informed) perspectives.
ST 8511 - Public Policy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Key policies in the U.S. addressing safety and security of citizens, institutions, and systems. Complex network of actors/organizations involved in S&T and security-related areas and their multiple objectives and values. Legislative, policy, and organizational issues facing U.S. intelligence, business, academic, and S&T communities. Students reflect on how these issues relate to their own professional roles/experiences, as well as stakeholder communities with which they work. Consider a specific piece of security-related legislation/analyze associated policy problems and how they relate to security risks. Historical and contemporary examples used to illustrate related public policy questions.
ST 8512 - Partnership in Conflict Management: Security/Privacy Law, Social Responsibility and Ethics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
An exploration of challenges to American civil liberties and national security in times of terrorism. prereq: MSST grad student
ST 8620 - Capstone
Credits: 0.5 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
The Capstone project is an independent, original, and applied investigation on a relevant subject, problem, or issue in the area of security technologies and homeland security. prereq: MSST grad program student
ST 8200 - Special Topics in Security Technologies
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Leaders in the field related to security technologies. Special speakers.
ST 8441 - Internship (optional)
Credits: 0.5 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Summer internship opportunities at the university centers, companies, state, and federal agencies.
CI 5301 - Foundations of Computer Applications for Business and Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Instructional uses of computers/representative business, education, marketing applications. Word processing, databases, spreadsheets, graphic design. Expectations are for demonstrations of skills on apps/understanding of concepts that go beyond basic.
CSCI 5221 - Foundations of Advanced Networking
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Design principles, protocol mechanisms. Network algorithmics, implementation techniques. Advanced network architectures, state-of-art/emerging networking technologies/applications, network modeling. Simulation, experiments. prereq: 4211 or 5211 or equiv; intro course in computer networks recommended
CSCI 5271 - Introduction to Computer Security
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Concepts of computer, network, and information security. Risk analysis, authentication, access control, security evaluation, audit trails, cryptography, network/database/application security, viruses, firewalls. prereq: 4061 or equiv or instr consent
CSCI 5471 - Modern Cryptography
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to cryptography. Theoretical foundations, practical applications. Threats, attacks, and countermeasures, including cryptosystems and cryptographic protocols. Secure systems/networks. History of cryptography, encryption (conventional, public key), digital signatures, hash functions, message authentication codes, identification, authentication, applications. prereq: [2011, 4041, [familiarity with number theory or finite fields]] or instr consent
CSCI 8715 - Spatial Databases and Applications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Motivation, models of spatial information, querying spatial data, processing strategies for spatial queries, multi-dimensional storage/access methods, spatial graph datasets, spatial data mining, trends (e.g., spatio-temporal databases, mobile objects, raster databases), research literature, how to pursue research. prereq: 4707 or 5707 or 5715 or GIS 5571 or GIS 5573
ESPM 5604 - Environmental Management Systems and Strategy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01075 - ESPM 3603/ESPM 5603
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Environmental problems such as climate change, ozone depletion, and loss of biodiversity.
FNRM 5131 - Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Natural Resources
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00369
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Geographic information systems (GIS), focusing on spatial data development and analysis in the science and management of natural resources. Basic data structures, sources, collection, and quality; geodesy and map projections; spatial and tabular data analyses; digital elevation data and terrain analyses; cartographic modeling and layout. Lab exercises provide practical experiences complementing theory covered in lecture. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
GEOG 5561 - Principles of Geographic Information Science
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02490
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to the study of geographic information systems (GIS) for geography and non-geography students. Topics include GIS application domains, data models and sources, analysis methods and output techniques. Lectures, reading, and hands-on experience with GIS software. prereq: grad
GEOG 5563 - Advanced Geographic Information Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced study of geographic information systems (GIS). Topics include spatial data models, topology, data encoding, data quality, database management, spatial analysis tools and visualization techniques. Hands-on experience using an advanced vector GIS package. prereq: B or better in 3561 or 5561 or instr consent
GEOG 5564 - Urban Geographic Information Science and Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Core concepts in urban geographic information science including sources for urban geographical and attribute data (including census data), urban data structures (focusing on the TIGER data structure), urban spatial analyses (including location-allocation models), geodemographic analysis, network analysis, and the display of urban data. prereq: 3561 or 5561
GIS 5574 - Web GIS and Services
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Plan, design, develop, publish web-based GIS solution. Build websites, prepare data for web. Commercial software, Open Source software, volunteer geographic information, open GIS standards/developing web GIS application. Hands-on experience with variety of web GIS technologies/software. prereq: [GEOG 5561 or equiv, in MGIS program] or instr consent
GIS 5577 - Spatial Database Design and Administration
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Spatial database design, development planning/management, maintenance, security, access/distribution, and documentation. prereq: instr consent
IDSC 6040 - Information Technology Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00760 - IDSc 6040/MBA 6240
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Management of information systems, information technology (IT) in global organization. Strategic uses of IT. Alignment of IT, organizational strategy, internet/Web technologies, e-commerce customer services. Integration of e-business applications, interorganizational systems, systems implementation. Management of information as resource. Lecture, case analysis, classroom discussion. Prereq MBA student.
IDSC 6050 - Information Technologies and Solutions
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Current/emerging technologies in modern Net-enhanced organizations. Internet/Web technologies, including Internet fundamentals, Web communications, Web 2.0/social media, information security, cloud computing, IT-driven innovation, emerging IT trends.
IDSC 6423 - Enterprise Systems
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Requirements of architectures of information systems that help integrate business processes and optimize performance across diverse organizations/divisions. Capabilities of information systems in enterprise integration and supply chain management. Linkages necessary between information systems and business processes.
IDSC 6444 - Business Analytics for Managers I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Use of information technologies to gather, store, analyze, and access data to help managers make decisions about their business and the way they serve customers. Data mining, personalization, recommender systems. prereq: [6040 or 6050 or MBA 6240], MBA student
IDSC 6481 - Managerial Decision Making
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Frameworks for making decisions as a manager, knowledge worker, or individual. How policies area adopted. Poor decision making. Learning from mistakes. Bounded rationality, system thinking, concepts of learning. prereq: MBA student
IDSC 8003 - Accounting and Information Systems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02470
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
IS/IT infrastructure assessment methods, technology solutions, management issues. Digital data sources. Systems design in accounting and financial reporting information systems. Internal control requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Experiential learning, hands-on use of accounting enterprise software other packages. prereq: IDSC 3001 or equivalent
LAW 6022 - LL.M. Legal Writing and Legal Skills II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
The spring semester course continues to build upon the foundation presented in the fall semester and to examine the fundamentals of U.S. legal analysis and legal writing. The focus of the second semester is persuasive legal writing and students will draft and edit a legal memorandum for motion practice in litigation as well as professional correspondence. To accomplish these goals, students act as attorneys in fictitious law firms, representing either the plaintiff or the defendant in a litigation matter. Students will also engage in simulated oral exercises such as mock client meetings and mock oral arguments. We will also spend time examining how to improve legal writing by doing editing and revising exercises and by analyzing samples of good (and bad) legal writing.
LAW 6103 - Data Privacy Law
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Every single day, the newspaper contains stories—plural intended—about data privacy and security. Whether they concern the National Security Agency, Facebook, or a data breach at a small business, the handling of personal information has become a central concern of our time. In response, a complex law of data privacy has emerged and now it is a fast growing area of legal practice. This course will equip students to counsel clients about an array of federal, state, and international legal requirements—while also analyzing them critically and thinking about the societal challenges posed by new information technology. Assessment will include group projects and a take-home final.
LAW 6606 - Administrative Law
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02394 - Law 5606/Law 6606/Law 6018/Law
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course will study how federal government agencies make and apply law. The course will cover a variety of topics, including the legal framework (both constitutional and statutory) that governs administrative action; the role of agencies in interpreting statutory and regulatory law; and judicial review of agency decisions.
LAW 6705 - Information Governance
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students will explore the values placed on information in the modern corporate enterprise, as well as the risks, costs and challenges associated with governing various forms of information, given the innumerable laws and regulations that apply to information. The purpose of the broad survey is to expose students to multiple disciplines that will undoubtedly affect their careers, and help them to develop a real-world sense of options to enhance risk avoidance, cost containment, and compliance. Students will be exposed to various disciplines related to the management of information, which have traditionally been “siloed” or separate — including e-discovery, privacy, records and information management, and security — but which increasingly are seen as parts of a greater, integrated whole.
LAW 6832 - Seminar: Cyber-Security - Spies, Lies and Prying Eyes
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course will focus on mitigation strategies as part of a simple, yet comprehensive risk-based analytical framework that a lawyer can utilize in assisting clients navigate challenges in the area of cyber security. Students will learn to evaluate cyber security risk including threat, vulnerability, impact and likelihood.
MATH 5248 - Cryptology and Number Theory
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Classical cryptosystems. One-time pads, perfect secrecy. Public key ciphers: RSA, discrete log. Euclidean algorithm, finite fields, quadratic reciprocity. Message digest, hash functions. Protocols: key exchange, secret sharing, zero-knowledge proofs. Probablistic algorithms: pseudoprimes, prime factorization. Pseudo-random numbers. Elliptic curves. prereq: 2 sems soph math
MATH 5251 - Error-Correcting Codes, Finite Fields, Algebraic Curves
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Information theory: channel models, transmission errors. Hamming weight/distance. Linear codes/fields, check bits. Error processing: linear codes, Hamming codes, binary Golay codes. Euclidean algorithm. Finite fields, Bose-Chaudhuri-Hocquenghem codes, polynomial codes, Goppa codes, codes from algebraic curves. prereq: 2 sems soph math
MGMT 6004 - Negotiation Strategies
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Art/science of securing agreements between two or more parties who are interdependent and seek to maximize their own outcomes. Individual, group, organizational behavior. Theory/process of negotiations applied to problems faced by managers/professionals. prereq: MBA student
MGMT 6034 - Strategic Leadership
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Role of leadership in making strategy a reality while maintaining learning/adaptive organization capable of meeting competitive challenges. Students prepare project set in an organization. Advanced materials, complex cases. prereq: 6033, MBA student
MGMT 6084 - Management of Groups
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02089 - HRIR 6484/Mgmt 6084
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Factors that influence performance and well-being of groups in organizations. Group dynamics, norms, culture, structure, leadership, decision-making, and problem-solving. Managing dynamics, learning, performance, and creativity of groups. Intergroup relations, incentives, and effect of environment.
MGMT 6402 - Integrative Leadership: From Theory to Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01753 - Mgmt 6402/PA 5105/OLPD 6402
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Seminar. Strategic challenges linking business, government, and society locally/globally. Co-led by faculty from Carlson and Humphrey Schools. International network of leaders/organizations participate. Case studies as part of capstone projects. prereq: MBA student
OLPD 5611 - Facilitation and Meeting Skills
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to the disciplines of planning and running effective meetings. Tools and methods for meeting management and evaluation are presented within the context of organization development.
OLPD 5619 - Planning and Decision-Making Skills
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to the disciplines of planning and decision making typically used in process improvement interventions. Tools and methods for facilitating group decisions and problem solving.
OLPD 6402 - Integrative Leadership Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01753
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic concepts, practices, people, and organizations associated with integrative leadership. Case materials, related readings, presentations, interactive discussion.
PA 5011 - Management of Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Challenges facing higher-level managers in public and nonprofit organizations in mixed economy and democratic republic. Distinctive features of public and nonprofit management, skills necessary for effective management, manager's role as creator of public value. Lectures, case discussions.
PA 5105 - Integrative Leadership Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01753 - Mgmt 6402/PA 5105/OLPD 6402
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Basic concepts, practices, people, and organizations associated with integrative leadership. Case materials, related readings, presentations, and interactive discussion. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5405 - Public Policy Implementation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory, tools, and practice of the implementation of public policy, particularly in areas involving public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Analytical approach focuses on multiple levels in policy fields to pinpoint and assess implementation challenges and levers for improvement.
PA 5701 - Science and State
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Relationship between science and contemporary society. Nature of science: its values, processes, and ways of knowing. How science has influenced U.S. political institutions and political/judicial processes. Issues in current debate over U.S. science policy. prereq: Grad or instr consent
PA 5711 - Science, Technology & Environmental Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Interplay of science, technology, the environment, and society. Approaches from across the social sciences will cover how science and technology can create new environmental pressures as well as policy challenges in a range of spheres from climate change to systems of intellectual property and international development.
PA 5741 - Risk, Resilience and Decision Making
Credits: 1.5 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interplay between risk analysis, decision making, and policy in the context of new and emerging technologies, environmental and human well-being, risk and resilience. Assessment methods; risk management processes, issues and methods; role/treatment of uncertainty; factors in decision making; risk-based rule making; public values; risk communication and perception. Scientific, technical, social, political, and ethical issues. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5822 - International Security
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Theoretical constructs, current debates. Why states fight wars. Causes/consequences of war in Iraq. Effect of nuclear weapons on world safety. Terrorism, civil wars. Nonconventional security threats. Selective abortion and world (un)stability. Causes/effects of wartime sexual violence. Environmental concerns and conflict. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 8201 - Environment and Infrastructure Planning
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Relationship between infrastructure, human settlement design. Natural resource systems as foundation of infrastructure provision. Environmental basis of, and political/legal/institutional frameworks for, land-use planning. Parallel computer lab, practicum assignment. prereq: Major/minor in urban and regional planning or PA PhD or instr consent
PA 8821 - National Security Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Politics and economics of national security policy. Defense policy, military strategy, and weapons procurement. While emphasis is on the United States, other countries also discussed.
POL 5885 - International Conflict and Security
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Pol 4885/5885
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Alternative theories of sources of militarized international conflict. Theories applied to past conflicts. Theories' relevance to present. prereq: grad student
POL 8402 - International Security
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Introduction to contending theories of international conflict/security. prereq: Grad pol sci major or instr consent
PUBH 5231 - Emergency Preparedness: A Public Health Perspective
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Public health emergency preparedness, response, recovery. Introduction to field's core competencies. Various components of course, including online modules, intended to stimulate interactions among learners. Purpose, history, organization, functions, tools, activities used in field. prereq: Upper-level undergraduate students and grad/professional students in academic health sciences and fields related to public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Credit will be not granted if student has completed the PubH 5230 topic course with same title.
PUBH 6112 - Environmental Health Risk Assessment: Application to Human Health Risks from Exposure to Chemicals
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to risk in context of regulatory decision making. prereq: Intro courses in toxicology/exposure analysis (e.g., PubH 6104 Environmental Health Effects: Introduction to Toxicology, PubH 6103 Exposure to Environmental Hazards) or equivalent.
PUBH 6123 - Violence Prevention and Control: Theory, Research, and Application
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis/critique of major theories and of epidemiological research pertinent to violence, including characteristics of violence and relevant risk factors, reporting/treatment protocols, and current/potential intervention efforts and prevention initiatives. Emphasizes interdisciplinary contributions to violence prevention/control.
PUBH 6182 - Emerging Infectious Disease: Current Issues, Policies, and Controversies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Issues/controversies surrounding emerging infectious diseases. Framework for considering realistic/innovative policies. Bioterrorism, public health preparedness. Pandemic influenza preparedness, smallpox vaccination, antibiotic resistance. prereq: AHC student, instr consent
PUBH 6571 - Leading Performance Improvement in Health Care
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to concepts of performance improvement in health care institutions. prereq: MHA or MPH or certificate student or instr consent
PUBH 6702 - Integrative Leadership Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore, investigate, discuss, develop basic concepts/practices for people/organizations associated with "integrative leadership". prereq: University of Minnesota doctoral student or master's student, Integrative Leadership minor
PUBH 7214 - Principles of Risk Communication
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Key concepts of risk communication theory and their practical application to collection/sharing of information in support of individual and community decision-making about public health issues. Application of risk communication principles to routine, ongoing public health issues and those that arise out of emergency/crisis.
PUBH 7221 - Planning for Urgent Threats
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Role of public health in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. How public health agencies plan for managing the crisis. Providing surge capacity to maintain public health and health care functions. Assisting a community's recovery from a disaster.
PUBH 7223 - Concepts of Disaster Behavioral Health
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Impact of disaster on the behavioral health of victims, survivors, and communities. Real scenarios for predictable phases of disaster recovery and concepts of behavioral health services after disaster. Steps for disaster behavioral health response planning/preparation. Presentations, discussion, individual/small group exercises.
PUBH 7225 - Communication and Information Technology Tools for Public Health Emergency Response
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Summer Odd Year
Uses Incident Command System as framework. Application of information/communication technology to emergency response. Communication exercise design, IT project management, backup communication methods. prereq: [FEMA IS-100a, FEMA IS-546a] with certificate of completion
PUBH 7227 - Incident Management Systems: The Public Health Role
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Managing personnel/resources in an emergency incident. Formalized/common management practices applicable in virtually any setting.
PUBH 7230 - Topics in Infectious Disease
Credits: 0.5 -4.0 [max 80.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Topics in emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases. Biology, epidemiology, diagnosis, economics, risk analysis, methods for prevention/control. Global implications.
PUBH 7233 - Food System Defense: Vulnerabilities in the Food System
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Holistic view of food system. Tools to assess vulnerability of specific food systems/facilities. Legal, regulatory, supply chain, public health system, and technology strategies. Instructors are from public/private sectors related to food system.
PUBH 7242 - War and Public Health
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Public health problems associated with armed conflict; interdisciplinary perspective with emphasis on analyzing the complexities. Consequences of mass displacement, effects on community and family, women's roles and experiences, trauma and healing. Health intervention strategies. Seminar discussion format.
SCO 6059 - Quality Management and Lean Six Sigma
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Management/technical aspects of process improvement. Organizational performance and financial measures as they relate to process improvement. Strategy, improvement tools/methods. prereq: [MBA 6220 or equiv], MBA student
SCO 8892 - Readings in Operations and Management Science
Credits: 1.0 -8.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Readings useful to student's individual program and objectives that are not available in regular courses. prereq: Business admin PhD student or instr consent
SOC 8412 - Social Network Analysis: Theory and Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to theoretical/methodological foundations of social network analysis. Concepts/principles, measurements, computer techniques. Applications to friendships, communities, workteams, intra-/inter-organizational relations, international systems. Focuses on network visualizations.
VMED 5920 - Food Defense: Prepare, Respond, Recover
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic principles of preparedness/emergency response. Instructor may substitute topics if timelier topic arises. prereq: Grad or professional student or instr consent
WRIT 5001 - Introduction to Graduate Studies in Scientific and Technical Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
History of technical communication. Different audiences, purposes, genres, and emerging trends. International/intercultural issues. Students participate within a community of technical communication professionals. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
WRIT 5112 - Information Design: Theory and Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course examines how verbal, visual, data, and other forms of content can be designed and combined to create meaning, improve comprehension, and make information more usable. In particular, we will study the rhetorical roles visual elements play in print and digital communications, and how we as technical communicators can use visual means to reach audiences, convey information, and achieve rhetorical goals. We will read and discuss theory, practice information design skills, and apply both to real communications projects suitable for inclusion in a professional portfolio. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
WRIT 5561 - Editing and Style for Technical Communicators
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Proofreading, copy-editing, comprehensive editing. Students primarily use electronic editing methods.Editor's responsibilities, relationship to writers, roles within an organization, style guides, ethical choices. Editing in global setting. Editing/style for visual design and online documents. prereq: [Grad student, knowledge of grammar/punctuation rules] or instr consent