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The term Information Assurance has been defined as “conducting those operations that protect and defend information and infor­mation systems by ensuring availability, integrity, authentication, ­confidentiality and non-repudiation.” This includes providing for restoration of information systems by incorporating protection, detection and reaction capabilities. The 37-semester credit hour Master of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) includes nine core courses, two upper-level electives, and a thesis focused on Information Assurance and Computer Security.

All students admitted into the Davenport University Master of Science Information Assurance are expected to have the necessary undergraduate preparation in computer, networking, statistical analysis, and security foundations prior to entering the 600-level courses. Statement of Purpose will determine if student is required to take MGMT535 Managerial Communications and professional certifications such as Security +, CISSP, GSE, CCSP, SSCP, CIW or RSA may also be used to waive foundational courses. A grade of “B” or better must be earned in each course to show proficiency.

Graduate level Prerequisites
CSCI531 Introduction to Programming or CISP553 PERL/Python Scripting
IAAS581 Information Security and Assurance
IAAS591 Cryptography
NETW520 Data Communications and Networks
STAT500 Statistics for Business

The master's degree program in Information Assurance (MSIA) has been certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) as meeting the requirements of NSTISSI-4011, Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, and CNSSI-4012, Training Standard for Security System Managers. Topics will include: information security planning, cryptography, project management and risk mitigation, application security, network security, forensics, and legal and ethical roles and topics specific to security. Students will also choose electives within their concentration and complete a thesis under the direct guidance of a faculty member. These elective courses will provide an introduction to the different technical and administrative aspects of Information Security and Assurance. Topics will include: wireless and mobile security, banking and financial security, securing resource transfer, and health care security. The elective courses will also include methodologies for prioritizing information assets and threats to information assets, including risk analysis, architecture components of an incident response plan, legal and public relations implications of security and privacy issues, and the framework of a disaster recovery plan.

A thesis paper forms the Capstone of this Master of Science Information Assurance program. The Capstone is a comprehensive research paper encompassing the learning from the student's coursework in the program. Prior to enrolling in the CAPS795 capstone course, students must have both an approved Capstone Intent Form and an approved Research Proposal on file with the MSIA program office. A research seminar (or pre-capstone seminar) is available to students to provide guidance on developing the research proposal. The final thesis paper is to be completed under the guidance of your faculty advisor and/or university designated faculty member during the CAPS795 course. More details on the Master's thesis and capstone process may be found in the Capstone Guidebook, available on the ISaAC site or from your faculty advisor.

***Which class should I take? When should I take it? Please click here for the program sequence. (pdf download)

Core Courses27 cr.
IAAS600Information Security Planning3 cr.
IAAS651Applied Cryptography3 cr.
IAAS660Project Management/Risk Mitigation3 cr.
IAAS667Legal and Ethical Security Topics3 cr.
IAAS710Application Security3 cr.
IAAS715Network Security3 cr.
IAAS735Advanced Computer Forensics3 cr.
IAAS786Research Techniques for Information Assurance3 cr.
STAT615Analytical Statistics for Management3 cr.
Elective Courses - Select one of the following:3 cr.
GPMT699Certified Project Management (PMP) Preparation3 cr.
IAAS670Wireless and Mobile Security3 cr.
IAAS672Banking and Financial Security3 cr.
IAAS675Health Care Security3 cr.
IAAS738IT Business Continuity and Best Practices3 cr.
IAAS740Comprehensive Issues3 cr.
IAAS790Information Assurance Internship3 cr.
Capstone4 cr.
CAPS795Information Assurance Thesis4 cr.