Pursue your career as a chief information security officer

Master of Science - Information Assurance and Cyber Security (34 credits)

Gain a thorough understanding of the human and technological needs of an organization while transforming into a leader in the security field.

Regardless of which industry you pursue, we’ll prepare you for the necessary risk management and analysis skills while also studying legal and ethical issues within the field, like data protection and legal implications both domestically and internationally. 

A background in technology isn’t required for this program; in fact, we embrace people of all professional backgrounds in our MSIA program because of the unique viewpoints they bring to the security field. While a few pre-requisite courses may be required, we invite you to join our growing group of future organizational leaders.

This program is mapped directly to the Committee on National Security Systems Training Standard 4011, as defined by the National Security Agency (NSA) and CNSSI-4012 Training Standard for Senior Systems Manager. 

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Davenport University is a DHS/NSA nationally recognized Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

The Committee on National Security Systems in conjunction with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly announced the designation of Davenport University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE)



Program outcomes

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 34 semester credit hour Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cyber Security (MSIA) includes nine core courses, two upper-level electives, and a thesis focused on Information Assurance and Cyber Security.

Technology foundational requirements

Students that do not have equivalent undergraduate courses or do not have any of the following Security Certifications: Security +, CISSP, GSE, CCSP, SSCP, CIW or RSA will be required to complete the following graduate (500-level) foundational courses or the undergraduate level equivalent courses prior to proceeding to any 600-level courses. A grade of “B” or better must be earned in each course to show proficiency.

Graduate Level Foundational Courses:

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


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.

Master's thesis

A thesis paper forms the Capstone of this Master of Science Information Assurance and Cyber Security program. The Capstone is a comprehensive research paper encompassing the learning from the students’ 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.