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 M.S. 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

Core Requirements (9 credit hours)
MSCC 610 Information Technology Concepts
MSCC 630 Enterprise Architecture
MSCC 697 IT Research Methods
Specialization Options (12 credit hours)
Cyber Security
Information Assurance Policy Management
No specialization (15 credit hours) 
Cyber Security Specialization Requirements 
Complete 4 classes (12 credit hours) from the following:
MSIA 670  Enterprise Information Assurance 
MSIA 672  Managing a Secure Enterprise 
MSIA 674  Planning and Implementing Architecture Security 
MSIA 678  Risk Management 
MSIA 684  IT Auditing 
No Specialization Course Options
Complete 5 classes (15 credit hours) from the following: 
MSIA 670  Enterprise Information Assurance 
MSIA 672  Managing a Secure Enterprise 
MSIA 674  Planning and Implementing Architecture Security 
MSIA 676  Securing and Protecting: Systems, Applications, Data 
MSIA 678  Risk Management 
MSIA 680  Computer Forensics 
MSIA 682  Network Forensics 
MSIA 684  IT Auditing 
MSIA 692  Information Assurance Practicum I 
General Electives (9 or 12 credit hours)
Choose 3 classes (9 credit hours) if no specialization is selected or choose 4 classes (12 credit hours) if a specialization is selected from any School of Computer & Information Sciences 600-level courses.
Degree Completion Requirement (3 credit hours)
Select 1 class (3 credit hours) from the following:
MSCC 693 Graduate Capstone
MSCC 698  Graduate Thesis 
MSIA 696 Information Assurance Practicum II
*MSIA 692 is a prerequisite to MSIA 696
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 36 credit hours

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

How to Apply

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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.

Applicants must also 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*

Term Class Starts Application Deadline
Summer 8W2, 2014 June 30, 2014 June 2, 2014
Fall 8W1, 2014 August 25, 2014 July 28, 2014
Fall 8W2, 2014 October 20, 2014 September 22, 2014
Spring 8W1, 2015 January 5, 2015 December 8, 2014
Spring 8W2, 2015 March 2, 2015 February 2, 2015

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

Tuition

2014-2015 Academic Year Tuition: Effective Fall 2014 - August 25, 2014

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

2013-2014 Academic Year Tuition: Through Summer 2014

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 students. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information.