Information Assurance and Cyber Security, MSIA—ALIGN Program

The innovative ALIGN bridge program to the interdisciplinary MS in Information Assurance and Cyber Security is designed for students with a BS/BA degree from all backgrounds. During the first semester of year 1, students are expected to take foundational courses in cyberspace technologies and discrete mathematics. Upon successful completion of the first semester, students are evaluated for admission to the MS program.

The MS in Information Assurance and Cyber Security combines computer systems and network security training with knowledge from the social sciences, law, criminology, and management, giving you an opportunity to obtain skills that are in high demand. Through this program, the successful student will learn to:

  • Build core knowledge surrounding computer-system security and network practices, as well as relevant knowledge from the social sciences, law, criminology, and management
  • Make strategic decisions about security issues and present recommendations to management
  • Plan and implement security strategies to reduce risk and protect information assets and systems
  • Understand the legal and ethical issues associated with information security, privacy, and digital rights

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

General Requirements

Discrete Structures
CS 1800Discrete Structures4
Cyberspace Technology
IA 5001Cyberspace Technology and Applications3
Foundations
IA 5010Foundations of Information Assurance4
Technical Track
Complete 8 semester hours from the following:8
Applied Cryptography
Computer System Security
Network Security Practices
Software Security Practices
Contextual Track
Complete 8 semester hours from the following:8
Security Risk Management and Assessment
Information System Forensics
Network Security Practices
Decision Making for Critical Infrastructure
Capstone
IA 7900Capstone Project/Seminar4
Electives
Complete 8 semester hours from the following:8
Introduction to Cyberspace Programming
Data Mining in Cyberspace
Applied Cryptography
Computer System Security
Network Security Practices
Security Risk Management and Assessment
Information System Forensics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Software Security Practices
Database Management Systems
Managing Software Development
Computer Systems
Fundamentals of Computer Networking
Software Vulnerabilities and Security
Foundations of Formal Methods and Software Analysis
Wireless Network
Network Security 1
Cryptography and Communications Security
Theory of Computation
Law and Psychology
Terrorism and International Crime
White-Collar Crime
Special Topics in Criminology and Public Policy
Public Personnel Administration
Public Budgeting and Financial Management
Institutional Leadership and the Public Manager
Security and Resilience Policy

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

39 total semester hours required

Minimum 3.000 GPA required

1

This course can only be taken for credit if the student has NOT also taken IA 5150. These courses cannot both be taken for credit.