Information Assurance (M.S.)

Information Assurance (M.S.)

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This comprehensive, interdisciplinary program will prepare you as an expert in information assurance. You will be equipped with information security technologies and knowledge to support and protect the nation's information infrastructure and conduct advanced research. You will develop skills in both management and technical areas.

Program Highlights

  • Students are eligible to apply for the ​​Scholarship for Service ​scholarship from the National Science Foundation that includes a $34,000 stipend per year for up to two years, up to 24 credits of tuition per year, up to $2,000 for books and supplies per year, and up to $4,000 for professional development and travel to a cybersecurity job fair. 
  • Offered as a five year undergraduate/graduate combined program through the Information Systems Track.
  • Can be completed in 2-3 semesters
  • Graduate assistantships available. 
  • Pre-requisite courses are available for those without a strong computing background. 
  • Offered through the Department of Information Systems together with the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.
  • Five-year track students are eligible to apply for one of 45 National Science Foundation STEM scholarships, a two-year grant that includes a $12,000 stipend. 

Program Distinctions

  • All faculty hold a Ph.D. in their field.
  • Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. 
  • Designed using the Association for Computing and Machinery Model Curriculum and Guidelines and the National Security Agency Guidelines and Requirements.

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 June 15 July 15
Spring Nov. 15 Sept. 15 Nov. 15
Summer May 1 Feb. 15 May 1

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Jim Chen

Popular Careers

  • Risk management
  • Software system security
  • Database security
  • Network security

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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