M.S. in Information Assurance

Master of Science in Information Assurance Program

The Master of Science in Information Assurance focuses on providing a broad interdisciplinary information assurance education that prepares graduates to successfully defend, protect, design, implement and maintain secure information and information systems.

Graduates of the M.S. degree program in Information Assurance have the requisite expertise to:

  • Function in the world-at-large as productive and ethical professionals and as responsible citizens. They will have a very good understanding of ethical issues and their applications.
  • Understand and employ current trends and adapt to advances in the technology of the Information Assurance profession.
  • Develop and implement security strategies to improve the security posture of organizations.
  • Work in teams, to apply theoretical and analytical methods and principles of software development to address security issues in software development.
  • Apply techniques, methodologies, tools and skills to build high-quality security systems that function effectively and reliably in the emerging information infrastructure.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with other security and computing professionals.

The MS IA program is designed for prospects with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or a degree in engineering, science or mathematics with a strong background in computer science. For prospects without the appropriate qualifications, a set of bridge courses provide the necessary background for regular admission to the MS program.


Bridge Program In Information Assurance (Non-Degree Program)

The Bridge Program in Information Assurance prepares students for graduate work in the Master of Science program. The main goal of this program is to provide students from other disciplines with the necessary background to pursue a Master's degree in Information Assurance. A secondary goal is to provide formal training for people in various technical disciplines who need significant background in computing. The Bridge Program consists of comprehensive courses at the 500-level that provide the equivalent of the core undergraduate computer science curriculum. This core set of courses is listed in the curriculum for the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) which sets the standards for undergraduate curricula. The following minimum requirements must be met before a student can be admitted to the program:

  • A bachelor's degree of higher
  • Two semesters of calculus and one semester of discrete mathematics
  • Formal training or experience in programming to the level of Computer Science 501

 

Bridge Program Requirement (if applicable)

Department Course Title Credit
CSC 501 Programming I 4
CSC 502 Programming II 3
CSC 506 Advanced Programming and Data Structure 3
CSC 507 Architecture and Operating Systems 3

 

 

Core Courses (24 Hours + Comprehensive Examination 1 Hour)

DepartmentCourseTitleCredit
CSC 510 Mathematical Foundations 3
CIAO 523 Ethics, Law and Policy in Cyberspace 3
CIAO 582 Introduction to Information Assurance 3
CIAO 583 Secure Software Engineering 3
CIAO 610 Cryptography 3
CIAO 670 Computer Forensics and Incident Handling 3
CIAO 675 Computer Viruses and Malicious Software 3
CIAO 683 Advanced Computer and Network Security 3
CIAO 702 Comprehensive Examination 1

 

Elective Courses (12 Hours)

DepartmentCourseTitleCredit
CIAO 684 Systems Security Administration, Management, and Certification 3
CIAO 685 Risk Management 3
CIAO 686 Systems Security for Senior Management 3
CIAO 690 Network Security and Intrusion Detection 3
CIAO 691 Wireless Networks 3
CIAO 692 Secure Distributed Computing 3
CIAO 695 Special Topics 3