Graduate study in Information Assurance and Security
is accessible both to students who have completed undergraduate Computer Science
or Management Information Science majors or minors and to those with
baccalaureate degrees in technical fields with the equivalent of a Computer
Science or Management Information Science minor in formal coursework or
professional experience. Applicants who do not possess the appropriate academic,
technical or experiential backgrounds may be required to take stem work courses
to ensure a minimum standard of technical competence. Stem work decisions are
made on an individual basis by the department chair.
Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in Information Assurance and Security must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Studies:
- A Graduate Studies Application with the application fee
- Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
- Official GRE scores
- Two letters of recommendation that address the applicant's qualification for graduate study.
Admission preference is given to applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security program has a total of 36 semester credit hours. There is an internship and non-internship option available for a Master of Science degree in Information Assurance and Security. Selection of the non-internship option will require completion of an additional elective course in Computer Science, Digital Forensics or Information Assurance.
Plan 1 - MS in Information Assurance and Security
|Choose all from:
CS 534 <COSC 5325> Operating System Security
CS 537 <COSC 5335> Database Security
DF 564 <DFSC 5325> Organizational System Security
DF 566 <DFSC 5335> Risk Assessment and Financial System Security
DF 589 <DFSC 6335> Disaster Recovery
DF 637 <DFSC 6347> Directed Management and Development Project
|Choose five from:
Approved Information Assurance and Security courses1
|3||Internship||DF 670 <DFSC 6370> Internship or an approved elective||
|1||Selections should be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.|
Other Scholarly Requirements
A committee advisor is assigned to each student at the time the student registered for DF 637 <DFSC 6347> Directed Management and Development Project. Committee appointments are made by the Chair of the Computer Science Department based upon recommendation from the Computer Science Graduate Advisor. The advisory committee consists of graduate faculty from the Computer Science Department. Students are required to complete a written comprehensive examination prior to registering for DF 637 <DFSC 6347>. Students may be also be required to supplement their written responses in an oral examination. Students must be enrolled the semester in which they take comprehensive examinations. Once enrolled in DF 637 <DFSC 6347>, a student must be continually enrolled in each major semester until graduation.