Academic Requirements

The interdisciplinary MSIA program requires completion of 32 semester hours of coursework. This includes:

  • IA 5010 Foundations of Information Assurance (4 semester–hour core course)
  • At least two 4 semester–hour courses from each of the IA technical and IA contextual tracks (a total of 16 semester hours)
  • Approved Electives (8 semester hours)
  • Interdisciplinary Capstone Team Project (4 semester hours) or MS in IA Thesis (4 semester hours) or Research Projects in Teams: Cyber Security (4 semester hours)
Full-time students can complete this course work in four semesters by taking two courses per semester. Degree candidates can choose to take more courses per semester, but the courses selected for credit toward the degree must remain within the program guideline of 9 credit hours per semester. An overall, as well as IA technical track and IA contextual track, GPA of 3.0 is required for matriculation.

Required Courses

  • IA5010 Foundations of Information Assurance 4 semester hours
  • IA7900 Capstone Project 4 semester hours is graduation requirement. The Capstone graduation requirement can be waived by students taking IA5984 IA Research Project 4 semester hours and IA7990 Master of Science in Information Assurance Thesis 4 semester hours, over 2 semesters. The Capstone graduation requirement can also be waived by students taking CS8674 Research Projects in Teams: Cyber Security 4 semester hours

Technical Track

(complete at least 2 courses)

  • IA5120 Applied Cryptography 4 semester hours
  • IA5130 Computer System Security 4 semester hours
  • IA5150 Network Security Practices 4 semester hours
  • IA6120 Software Security Practices 4 semester hours

Contextual Track

(complete at least 2 courses)

  • IA5200 Security Risk Management and Assessment 4 semester hours
  • IA5210 Information System Forensics 4 semester hours
  • IA5240 Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights 4 semester hours
  • IA5250 Decision Making in Critical Infrastructure 4 semester hours

General Electives

  • IA5040 Introduction to Cyberspace Programming 4 semester hours
  • IA5050 Data Mining in Cyberspace 4 semester hours

ALIGN Courses (required 6 semester hours for ALIGN students)

  • IA5001 Cyberspace Technology and Applications 3 semester hours
  • CS1800 Discrete Structures 3 semester hours

Approved Electives

All information assurance courses may be taken as electives. With approval from the Master of Science in Information Assurance program director, computer science, criminal justice, engineering, and business administration courses can also be accepted as electives.  Examples of approved elective courses are:

  • CS5200 Database Management Systems
  • CS5500 Managing Software Development
  • CS5600 Computer Systems
  • CS6750 Cryptography and Communications Security
  • CS5700 Fundamentals of Computer Networking
  • CS5770 Software Vulnerabilities and Security
  • CS6710 Wireless Networks
  • CS6740 Network Security (students are allowed to take for credit IA5150 or CS6740, but not both)
  • CS7805 Theory of Computation
  • CRIM7242 Terrorism and International Crime
  • CRIM7252 White Collar Crime
  • POLS7301 Public Personnel Administration
  • POLS7303 Public Budgeting and Financial Management
  • POLS7305 Institutional Leadership and the Public Manager
  • POLS7341 Security, Resilience and Policy


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