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MS Information Assurance Courses & Curriculum

Information Assurance Degree Courses

Make a Safer World with Advanced IA Expertise

Our in-depth master’s degree courses are offered online, on campus, or a blend of both. Taught by experienced industry practitioners, they are designed to show you the difference you can make in the world by keeping private and sensitive data safe.

Our curriculum allows you to choose a specialization in Cybersecurity or IA Policy Management, and better prepares you for industry certification exams, including:

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Security Systems Certified Practitioner (SSCP)

Through our three degree completion options offered within our Master of Science in Information Assurance, you have the opportunity to choose among courses that reflect your learning style, including:

  • MSCC 693 – Graduate Capstone
  • MSCC 698 – Graduate Thesis
  • MSIA 696 – Information Assurance Practicum

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Unique Alumni Benefits

Along with the benefit of graduating with the know-how to succeed in a rewarding information assurance career, Regis University grads can take advantage of a number of great alumni benefits as well.

As a graduate of our Master of Science in Information Assurance, you can waive one year of work experience as outlined in the eligibility requirements for the CISSP exam. Regis University alumni also have the opportunity to continue growing their career by affordably auditing classes for life.

Stimulating IA Courses and Electives

Regis University's Master’s in Information Assurance courses follow the recommendations provided by:

  • The Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) 4000 training standards
  • The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2 Eight Domains of Knowledge
  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
  • National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

To earn the Information Assurance masters, students must successfully complete 36 credit hours of study.

Graduate Core Requirements (9 credit hours)

MSCC610 Information Technology Concepts: Introduces information systems concepts, architectures, and technologies. Emphasizes information systems resources needed to meet organizational mission and objectives. Focuses on information systems from a management perspective, including applying information technology, developing and acquiring information systems, and managing them.

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MSCC630 Enterprise Architecture: Introduces Enterprise Architecture (EA) - the study of EA and its role in the organization. Begins with a short survey of various frameworks used by companies to implement an EA program, and progresses to examining in depth two of the most common frameworks and their subcomponents.

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MSCC697 Information Technology Research Methods: Through discussions, students become familiar with the foundational concepts of developing a problem statement for further investigation. Presents students with the skills and knowledge to develop their capabilities to identify, categorize, evaluate and synthesize a body of knowledge for a specific purpose.

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Required Courses (6 credit hours)

MSIA672 Managing a Secure Enterprise: Provides the knowledge of designing and managing a secure enterprise. Includes aspects of enterprise security, physical security, disaster-recovery planning, and business continuity planning.

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MSIA678 Risk Management: Prepares students to evaluate an organizations exposure to information technology security threats using rigorous policy and standards based analysis of the existing policy directives and the derived threat matrix.

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Cybersecurity Specialization (18 credit hours) >>

Information Assurance Policy Management Specialization (18 credits) >>

No Specialization (18 credits)

REQUIRED

MSIA605 Advancing to Cyber Security: Instills students with a breadth-first approach that surveys the fundamental aspects of computer systems and establishes a context for subsequent courses in cyber security.

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MSIA673 Legal Basics in Cyber and Information Security: Explores laws, regulations, legal issues and trends associated with cyber and information security. Provides security practitioners insight and practical application for identifying and addressing legal issues in all stages of security implementation and practice.

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MSIA675 Offensive Cyber Security: Exposes students to the different hands-on tactics used by offensive cyber security professionals. Topics include reconnaissance, high-jacking, cracking, vulnerability exploitation, and malware deployment.

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ELECTIVES

Any three CC&IS 600-level course

Degree Completion Requirement (3 credit hours)

Three semester hours selected from the following:

MSIA696 Information Assurance Practicum II: Continuation of Information Assurance Practicum I. Students gain additional information assurance experience through operation assignments in support of the Academic Research Network through investigation into research topics and practice a variety of software and hardware platforms. Pre-requisite(s): MSIA692 and permission of instructor

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MSCC693 Graduate Capstone: Teams to critically analyze problems of a real-world organization and design a recommended solution. Case-base scenario used to simulate real-world application of Information Technology knowledge and skills. Simulates a real-world information technology organization where students enhance skills learned in previous courses. Pre-requisite(s): MSCC697 and MSCC630

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MSCC698 Graduate Thesis: Students complete a Masters Thesis that is a substantial body of original scholarly work in the area of Information Assurance. Pre-requisite(s): MSCC697 and MSCC630

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