Specialization in Identity, Privacy & Security

The Identity, Privacy, and Security Initiative (IPSI) at the University of Toronto was established in 2007. Two interdisciplinary Master's-level programs were created, leading to either a Master of Engineering (MEng) from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), or a Master of Information (MI) degree from the Faculty of Information.

Identity, privacy, and security (IPS) are closely related socio-technical issues of increasing importance in contemporary networked society. IPSI was established in order to create an interdisciplinary program of research, education, outreach, industry collaboration, and technology transfer around the complex interplay of these focal issues. Its goal is to develop new approaches to security and identification that maintain the privacy, freedom, and safety of the user and the broader community.

Common seminars allow students from the participating faculties to work together in the classroom, and through team assignments. Study and research areas include:

  • Biometrics
  • Cryptography
  • Data integrity
  • Digital identity
  • Digital rights management
  • Forensic data analysis
  • Information policy
  • Privacy-enhancing solutions
  • Security of universal access

Program Requirements

Students wishing to obtain the IPS specialization must complete the following four MI core courses (2.0 FCE) in addition to the IPS required courses.

The MI core courses for the IPS specialization:

  • INF1001H  Knowledge and Information in Society
  • INF1002H  Representation, Classification, Organization and Meaning-Making
  • INF1003H  Information Systems, Services and Design
  • INF1005H  Information Workshop
  • INF1006H  Information Workshop

IPS requirements:

  • One required course (0.5 FCE):
    JIE1001H  Seminar in Identity, Privacy and Security 
  • Two required courses from the following list of iSchool courses (1.0 FCE):
    • INF1341H  Systems Analysis and Process Innovation (formerly Analyzing Information Systems)
    • INF2124H  Surveillance and Identity
    • INF2181H  Information Policy, Regulation, and Law (formerly Information Policy)
    • INF2165H  Social Issues in Information and Communications Technologies
    • INF2241H  Critical Making: Information Studies, Social Values, and Physical Computing
  • One required course from the following list of ECE courses (0.5 FCE):
    • ECE568H Computer Security
    • ECE1517H  Biometric Systems
    • ECE1529H  Adaptive Systems for Signal Processing and Communications
    • ECE1547H  Content Based and Network Security
    • ECE1776H  Computer Security, Cryptography and Privacy

View a current list of graduate ECE courses.

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