Hawaii Pacific University | Masters of Science in Business Analytics and Information Security

Master of Science in Business Analytics and Information Security


  • Become an information scientist ready to take on the modern world
  • Study planning, managing, securing and analyzing information in different business scenarios in the bounds of organizational, social, political, ethical, and technological implications
  • Develop the knowledge, skills, and experiences that are best practices
  • Learn to solve real-world problems from professors who are top of their industry



Did you know?

Information systems professionals build a critically important bridge between the technical and management functions of any organization across all industries.

The Masters of Science in Business Analytics and Information Security is designed to create a generation of problem solvers and decision makers who are experts in the areas of information, technology, system design, and problem-solving with automated resources. The program intends that students study and become sensitive to the role of information systems in the health and welfare of any organization.

Information systems professionals build a critically important bridge between the technical and management functions of any organization across all industries.

  • As a graduate of HPU’s MSBAIS program, your opportunities are many including the roles of project manager, system creator, strategic planner, system architect, knowledge manager, and innovative leader.

  • HPU graduates often pursue careers in corporate systems, internet services, cybersecurity, and network security.

Length of program: 16 months, 33 credit hours

Entry terms: Fall

Program delivery: on-campus 

Cost of program: $40,390 or $1,200/credit

What types of industries do students go into after completing the program?

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Business Services
  • Financial Services
  • Government (Federal, State or Local)
  • Health Care
  • Corporate
  • Internet Services
  • Cybersecurity
  • Network Security

What types of jobs can I get with a MSBAIS degree?

  • Systems Architect
  • Knowledge Manager
  • Innovative Leader
  • Project Manager
  • System Creator
  • Strategic Planner
  • Operations Manager/Supervisor
  • Cyber/Information Security Engineer
  • Technology Consultant
  • Business Intelligence Architect/Developer
  • Database Administrator
  • Security Management
  • Network / Data Engineer

The integration of three key ideas from information technology, systems management, and business analytics is the foundation of HPU’s Master of Science in Information Systems’ cutting-edge curriculum. It blends scientific, analytic, creative, and innovative applications of information with an emphasis on strategic planning, implementation, and communication in a global marketplace.

  • In every class, students will be asked to: comprehensively identify problems; create viable solutions, evaluate competing solutions for efficiency, effectiveness, and appropriateness; and implement chosen solutions in a manner consistent with the heuristic of the IS discipline.

  • Not only is the MSBAIS curriculum focused on a global marketplace, the learning environment at HPU is truly multi-cultural. Located in the center of the Pacific Rim where the fastest growing economies in the world are located, Honolulu is a cosmopolitan city with a busy, international business community. Students come from all 50 states and more than 80 countries.

  • At HPU, you will benefit from the focus on advanced problem-solving. Students are asked to comprehensively identify information-related problems, discuss possible solutions, evaluate their options, and then solve the problem in a manner consistent with IS discipline methods.

  • In addition to being committed teachers, researchers, and scholars, faculty in the MSBAIS program are also experienced business people. You will greatly benefit from their experience as community leaders, consultants, and members of international organizations.

Individuals wishing to apply to the MSBAIS program at HPU, are required to submit the following:

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application
  • Final Official Transcripts showing conferred Bachelor's Degree, Master's if applicable
  • Personal Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Application Fee

International Applicants: the minimum English Proficiency Requirements for the MSBAIS program is a TOEFL (IBT) overall score of 80 with a Writing Score of 25, or IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a Writing Score of 6.5.  See here for additional requirements for International students. 


Students who complete the Master of Science in Business Analytics & Information Security MSBAIS will be able to:

  1. Model business solutions involving people, processes, and information.
  2. Manage, analyze, and report business data.
  3. Develop an information security plan for a business environment.
  4. Create effective oral and written communication.


The goal of the Master of Science in Business Analytics & Information Security MSBAIS program is to produce informed and capable information scientists. Upon completion, students will have demonstrable knowledge of planning, managing, securing and analyzing information in different business scenarios. Students will also have demonstrable knowledge of the organizational, social, political, ethical, and technological implications.


The program requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate work. The 33 semester hours are divided into 33 semester hours of core courses and 3 semester hours of capstone course.





Course ID

Course title

Semester 1



IS 6006

Information Systems Management


IS 6066

Enterprise Data Management


IS 6041

Business Analytics for the Big Data Revolution

Semester 2



IS 6281

Data Mining for Big Data Analytics


IS 6341

Information Security Foundations



Program approved elective

Semester 3



IS 6022

Methods in Project Management


IS 6351

Information Security Management



Program approved elective

Semester 4




Program approved elective


IS 7500

MSBAIS Integrated Capstone



Begin your MSBAIS application here 

Dr. Ghazwan Hassna is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at the College of Business of Hawaii Pacific University. Before joining this position, Dr. Hassna, was conducting his research at both EPIC LAB (Enterprise Process Innovation and Computing) and GCIF Lab (Global Center for Internet Finance) at City University of Hong Kong where he obtained his PhD. Dr. Hassna’s current research interest includes Big Data and Digital Business Transformation with recent focus on financial services industry in particular. Before doing his PhD, Dr. Hassna had more than 10 years of experience in formulating, planning and managing IT -Enabled Change Initiatives.

Dr. Hassna holds a PhD. in Information Systems from City University of Hong Kong, a master’s degree in management and information systems from the University of Manchester in UK, a bachelor’s degree in information systems and software engineering from Damascus University in Syria and a certificate in Executive Management from Maastricht School of Management in Netherlands.

Dr. Ghazwan multinational and cosmopolitan approach has been developed and polished through extensive contact with international organizations and personnel, and through overseas education & work in multiple countries including United States of America, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Dublin, Malta, Bahrain, Netherlands, Serbia, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Oman.

Recent MSBAIS grads enjoy rewarding careers at companies around the world, including:

  • Accenture

  • HMSA

  • Amazon

  • Dell

  • Microsoft

  • Charles Schwab

  • Decision Research Corporation

  • State of Hawaii

  • AvePoint

  • Hawaii National Bank

  • Bank of Hawaii

  • Aston Hotels & Resorts

  • Telenor

  • Hawaiian Tel

  • Booz Allen

  • City and County of Honolulu

  • BAE Systems

  • American Savings Bank

Success comes naturally to HPU MSBAIS alumni, including:

  • Zach Thorpe – Operations Manager at Amazon Web Services

  • Sukru Tunca – Business Analyst at HMSA

  • Farani Lucero – Senior Web Application Developer at eCivis

  • Francis Montenegro – Associate Software Engineer at Accenture

  • Manuel Pulido – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

  • Anze Znidarsic – Senior full-stack HTML5, JavaScript, and PHP Engineer at Flycom d.o.o

  • Mieko Miyazaki – Systems Analyst at Hawaii National Bank

  • Randy Williams – Director of ACS at AvePoint