Information Assurance and Cyber Security, MSIA

Our MS in Information Assurance and Cyber Security program combines an understanding of information technology with relevant knowledge from law, the social sciences, criminology, and management. This program is designed for working professionals and others who want knowledge they can apply in their workplaces to assess and manage information security risks effectively. The program provides a natural path to the PhD in Information Assurance program for students who want to pursue research in the field and careers involving research.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cyber Security program requires:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Knowledge of basic information technology concepts, and mathematics
  • Experience or courses taken in introductory computer systems and discrete mathematics. If students do not have this preparation, their advisors will assign the necessary prerequisite courses.

Additional Requirements for International Students

International students must submit official scores on the TOEFL examination.

Application Process

All applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation
  • The application fee
  • Unofficial scanned copies of undergraduate/graduate transcripts to be uploaded to the online application (official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended indicating degree earned can be submitted at the time of admission)
  • Official GRE score

The following items must accompany the application:

  • A recent professional resumé listing detailed responsibilities in each position
  • A written statement of purpose, career orientation, and expected outcomes and benefits from the program

Admission is granted upon the recommendation of the program’s graduate committee after a review of complete application materials.

General Requirements

Foundations
IA 5010Foundations of Information Assurance4
Technical Courses
Complete 8 semester hours from the following:8
Applied Cryptography
Computer System Security
Network Security Practices
Software Security Practices
Contextual Courses
Complete 8 semester hours from the following:8
Security Risk Management and Assessment
Information System Forensics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
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

32 total semester hours required

Minimum 3.000 GPA required

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 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.