Information Assurance and Computer Security

Regis University’s Master of Science in Information Assurance degree and its specializations equip you to protect the confidentiality, security, integrity and availability of data and delivery systems from malice or accidental infringement, whether the data is in storage, processing or transit.
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M.S. in Information Assurance Degree

Information Assurance Degree Overview

Offered both online and on-campus, the M.S. in Information Assurance degree offers a complete approach to information protection and computer security. The program will aid students in:

  • Pursuing an understanding of security policy development, implementation and standards compliance on enterprise systems, applications and data
  • Exploring the security aspects of today’s architectures, including telecommunications and wireless enterprise corporate data networks
  • Learning about several common Information Assurance models (DoD, NSA, Telecom and Private Business) with an emphasis on IT best practices

Read below for more information, or visit the M.S. in Information Assurance degree page.

Career-Oriented Degree Specializations and a Nationally Recognized Curriculum
Regis University’s College for Professional Studies offers specializations as part of your M.S. in Information Assurance degree that provide the knowledge you need in order to protect your organization and create positive change in today's business and technology marketplaces. Those specializations are:

  • Cyber Security
  • Information Assurance Policy Management

Additionally, Regis University is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA). The curriculum for this degree is modeled on the curricula guidelines and recommendations provided by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) 4000 training standards, the (ICS)2 International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium Ten Domains of Knowledge and the International Security Audit and Controls Association (ISACA).

Please see the Program of Study Diagram for this information assurance degree to learn more.

Total Master of Science in Information Assurance Degree Requirements: 36 credit hours

  • Core course requirements: 9 credit hours
  • Specialization course requirements (optional): 12 credit hours
  • Information assurance electives: 3 credit hours (if specialization is completed); 15 credit hours (if specialization is not completed)
  • 600-level general electives: 9 credit hours
  • Degree completion requirements (Capstone): 3 credit hours
  • Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements, and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Masters in Information Assurance degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact an admissions counselor at 877.820.0581 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 36.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

CPS: MS Computer & Info Sciences CORE

MSCC 610 - 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 business viewpoint including processes, value proposition, and different types of information systems.

MSCC 630 - Enterprise Architecture

Examines information needed to create adaptive strategies for successfully implementing enterprise architectures. Focuses on strategies that are based on experiences within organizations across multiple industry verticals.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCC*697;

MSCC 697 - Information Technology Research Methods

Concentrates on project management, proposal preparation, research and thesis writing. Deliverable include abstract proposal outline and research plan. Students research and develop project proposals that are then approved by the faculty.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCC*610;

CPS: Ms in Information Assurance

General Electives

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Take nine (9) semester hours from SCIS 600-level courses.

No Specialization

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Take fifteen (15) semester hours from the following:
MSIA 670, MSIA 672, MSIA 674, MSIA 676, MSIA 678,
MSIA 680, MSIA 682, MSIA 684, MSIA 692

Information Assurance Exit Strategy

Exit Strategy

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Choose One of the following Exit Strategy Options:
MSCC 693- Graduate Capstone
MSCC 698- Graduate Thesis
MSIA 696- Information Assurance Practicum II

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as courses. Please contact an admissions counselor at 877.820.0581 for recent changes and updates.

MSCC 610 Information Technology Concepts (3.00)

Introduces information systems concepts, architectures, and technologies. Emphasizes information systems resources needed to meet organizational mission and objectives. Focuses on information systems from business viewpoint including processes, value proposition, and different types of information systems.

MSCC 630 Enterprise Architecture (3.00)

Examines information needed to create adaptive strategies for successfully implementing enterprise architectures. Focuses on strategies that are based on experiences within organizations across multiple industry verticals.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCC*697;

MSCC 693 Graduate Capstone (3.00)

Case-based scenario that emphasizes real-world application of Information Technology knowledge and skills. Simulates a real-world information technology organization where students enhance skills learned in previous courses. Employing critical analysis, students fulfill the final project requirement.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCC*630

MSCC 697 Information Technology Research Methods (3.00)

Concentrates on project management, proposal preparation, research and thesis writing. Deliverable include abstract proposal outline and research plan. Students research and develop project proposals that are then approved by the faculty.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCC*610;

MSCC 698 Graduate Thesis (3.00)

Students complete a masters thesis that is a substantial body of original scholarly work in the area of information technology.

MSIA 670 Enterprise Information Assurance (3.00)

Introduces the basic Information Assurance (IA) model; security of the database, the application and the system. Examines current security standards, best practices and auditing practices.

Cross listing(s): MSCT 670.

MSIA 672 Managing a Secure Enterprise (3.00)

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

Cross listing(s): MSCT 672.

MSIA 673 Information Assurance Legal Concept (3.00)

Legal interpretation of security policy and resulting obligations providing a background to create a stable set of processes, frameworks, and models capable of handling multiplying domestic and international laws and regulations.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSIA*670 AND MSIA*672;

MSIA 674 Planning/Implementing Architecture Sec (3.00)

Explores security policy development, implementation and standards compliance and testing on corporate systems, application and data. Examines target architectures: telecommunications and wireless enterprise corporate data network.

Cross listing(s): MSCT 674.

MSIA 676 Securing & Protecting: SYS, APPS, DATA (3.00)

Provides the knowledge of building and protecting enterprise infrastructure and proprietary data. Topics include risk analysis, security policies, intrusion detection, damage control and assessment.

Cross listing(s): MSCT 676.

MSIA 678 Risk Management (3.00)

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.

MSIA 680 Computer Forensics (3.00)

Explores computer forensics encompassing a variety of legal and technical challenges. Provides hands-on and theoretical experience with technology, techniques and legal policy during investigation of computer components.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCT*609 MSCT*620;

MSIA 682 Network Forensics (3.00)

Examines forensic analysis of networks utilizing unique and sophisticated sets of tools, techniques and legal policies. Covers established concepts, methodology and tools to enhance performance of network forensics.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCT*609 MSCT*620;

MSIA 683 Advanced Forensics (3.00)

Assessment and evaluation of forensic artifacts from systems, networks and hosts with respect to legal techniques and policy utilizing tools and appliances. Provides exposure to real-life scenarios through competition based learning.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSIA*680 MSIA*682;

MSIA 684 IT Auditing (3.00)

Combines accounting, regulation and IT security practices to educate students to protect organizational assets through establishment of auditing best practices, current governmental reporting standards, Sarbanes-Oxley requirements and secure management techniques.

Pre-requisite: MBAA*602 OR MSAA*602

Cross listing(s): MBAA 614 MSAA 614.

MSIA 692 Information Assurance Practicum I (3.00)

Students gain additional Information Assurance experience through operational assignments in support of the Academic Research Network through investigation into research topics and practice with a variety of software and hardware platforms.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSCC*630;

MSIA 696 Information Assurance Practicum II (3.00)

Continuation on Information Assurance PracticumI. Students gain additional information assurance experience through operational assingnments in support of the academic research network through investigation into research topics and practice with a variety of sortware and hardware platforms. Note: instructor consent required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MSIA*692;

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Admission Criteria

The Master of Science in Information Assurance degree requires students to have sufficient knowledge and/or experience in database application, programming, computer networking and systems analysis and design. This is assessed for each applicant during the admission interview. Knowledge and experience can be supplemented by courses in these prerequisite areas. Not all supplemental courses must be completed prior to applying to the program, but must be completed prior to enrolling in core courses.

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree either from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or a recognized institution in another nation.

Materials Needed for Application and Admission

  • Application: Completed graduate application form
  • Application fee: $75.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcripts either from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or recognized institution in another nation.
  • Official transcripts must be sent directly from your previously attended schools to the CPS Admission Office. If official transcripts are not received within 30 days you will be unable to register for future courses until the transcripts are received. A complete file can be reviewed by faculty with a copy of the unofficial degree-bearing transcripts from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.
  • Two years of work experience (does not have to be computer related)
  • Current resume
  • List of two referees/references
  • Faculty interview
  • Required admission essay
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.

Application Deadlines*

Class Starts Application Deadline
Spring 8W2 - March 3, 2014 Feb. 3, 2014
Summer 8W1 - May 5, 2014 Apr. 7, 2014
Summer 8W2 - June 30, 2014 June 2, 2014

*Your application file including all requirements, documents and fees, must be completed by the application deadline.

Tuition

Regis University Degree Tuition: M.S. in Information Assurance

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $24,735 36 $685 $75
Online $25,275 36 $700 $75

Directed study costs $700 per credit hour

Please note: Additional fees may apply to Regis University students. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information.