Information Assurance (M.S.)

Five-Year B.A./M.S. Track

The Five-Year Information Systems Track is an accelerated, rigorous program option available to St. Cloud State undergraduates who maintain a 3.0 GPA and who show the ability and discipline necessary to successfully complete an accelerated combination undergraduate program in Information Systems and graduate program in Information Assurance. 

  • Students may complete the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Master of Science in Information Assurance with nine fewer required semester credits than if they chose to take the BS and MS through the traditional tracks.
  • Students interested in the five-year track are encouraged to begin discussion with the Information Assurance graduate coordinator early in the sophomore year. This will allow for correct selection of course work. 
  • Students should apply and are eligible to be granted early conditional admission to graduate school upon successful completion of the undergraduate requirements detailed below:
    • After completing or registering for the 21 required core credits of  IS 250, IS 356,  IS 363, IS 443, IS 450, IS 451, and IS 460, and  before taking 500-level classes,  students  should apply formally to the School of Graduate Studies.
    • Only nine credits from IS 558, IS 559, IS 571, IS 572, IS 574, IS 581, and IS 583 will be double counted towards the BS and MS. Students must obtain approval through a petition form reviewed by the graduate dean to take these courses to ensure double counting.
  • Students may enroll in the thesis, starred paper, or internship courses between their fourth and fifth years. Students will be encouraged to begin work on their culminating project during the summer between their fourth and fifth years.
  • Students may opt out early with a BS provided that certain course requirements are satisfied.
  • Five-year students are eligible for graduate assistantship funding after completion of the Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Program students are eligible to apply for one of 45 National Science Foundation STEM scholarships, a two-year grant that includes a $12,000 stipend. 

Students must maintain at a minimum a 3.0 GPA in all 500- and 600-level courses