M.S. Information Assurance

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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Why should I study information assurance?

Students of information assurance gain the progressive skills needed to protect crucial data from hackers and viruses. Evolving technology means that information assurance and cybersecurity are a constant challenge for both our government and private industry. There is an ever-increasing need for information assurance professionals who can keep up with the latest strategies and techniques in the field.

Is the M.S. in Information Assurance right for me?

Obtaining a master’s degree in addition to industry certifications puts you ahead of the competition. Employers value the unique expertise a master’s level education provides for protecting the confidentiality, security, integrity and availability of data whether it is in storage, processing, or transit. Choose from two specializations geared for specific career tracks in cybersecurity and IA policy management. Both curriculums prepare you with transformative expertise for long-term career success, helping you grow with the constant evolution of computer security and the risks that threaten it.

What will I learn in Regis’ M.S. in Information Assurance program?

Upon graduating, students have the foundational skills and knowledge to sit for in-demand professional certifications. Additionally, a master’s degree will waive one year of work experience depicted in the eligibility requirements for the CISSP exam. Upon completion of a M.S. in Information Assurance, Regis graduates are prepared to take the following industry exams:

  • (ISC)2
  • Cisco
  • ISACA
  • Electronic Commerce Council
  • 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).

Is Regis’ M.S. in Information Assurance accredited?

Regis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

What class formats are available?

The M.S. in Information Assurance degree classes are offered online, on campus or a combination of both. The program requires 36 credits.

When do classes start?

Courses are offered in 8-week terms that begin in:

  • January (Online or on campus at the DTC Campus)
  • March (Online or on campus at the DTC Campus)
  • May (Online or on campus at the DTC Campus)
  • August (On Campus Cohort* at DTC Campus & Online)
  • October (Online or on campus at the DTC Campus)
  • *Campus-based classes are offered for this program once annually as a “cohort” model, in which you progress through the program with the same group of students through attending on-ground, campus-based classes versus taking classes online. The campus-based cohort classes are offered at our Denver Tech Center (DTC) campus, starting in August each year. The cohort model is intended to start and graduate together, through taking the same sequence of on-campus classes. Blended courses are available throughout the year.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Master of Science in Information Assurance program at Regis University. This degree requires the completion of 36 graduate-level credit hours. Classes are offered online or on campus.

Core Requirements (15 credit hours)
MSCC 610 Information Technology Concepts
MSCC 630 Enterprise Architecture
MSIA 672   Managing a Secure Enterprise  
MSIA 678   Risk Management  
MSCC 697 IT Research Methods
Specialization Options
Choose either Cyber Security, Policy Management or no specialization (General)
Cyber Security Specialization (18 credit hours)
Cyber Security Specialization
Required Courses (9 credit hours)
MSIA 605 Advancing to Cyber Security
MSIA 675 Offensive Cyber Security
MSIA 680 Computer Forensics
Cyber Security Specialization
Elective Options (Choose 3) (9 credit hours)
MSIA 673 Legal Basics in Cyber and Information Security
MSIA 682  Network Forensics
MSIA 683 Advanced Forensics
MSIA 685 Malware Analysis and Response
MSIA 692   Information Assurance Practicum I
Policy Management Specialization (18 credit hours)
Policy Management Specialization
Required Courses (9 credit hours)
MSIA 670  Enterprise Information Assurance 
MSIA 673 Legal Basic in Cyber and Information Security
MSIA 674 Planning and Implementing Architecture Security
Policy Management Specialization
Elective Options (Choose 3) (9 credit hours)
MSIA 605  Advancing to Cyber Security 
MSIA 684  IT Auditing 
MSIA 692  Information Assurance Practicum I 
No Specialization (General) (18 credit hours)
No Specialization (General)
Required Courses (9 credit hours)
MSIA 605  Advancing to Cyber Security 
MSIA 673  Legal Basics in Cyber and Information Security 
MSIA 675  Offensive Cyber Security 
No Specialization Selected
Elective Options (Choose 3) (9 credit hours)
Any CC&IS 600-level or other approved program course
Degree Completion Requirement (3 credit hours)
Select One 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

In both the private and public sector, there is a rapidly increasing need to keep computer systems safe from cyber-attacks, hackers, and viruses. As government, military organizations and businesses continue to use increasingly complex networks and systems, they will need professionals who can skillfully plan and maintain secure systems while anticipating potential vulnerabilities. These are abilities that have a major impact on the safety of our world.

Examples of job titles in the area of Information Assurance and cybersecurity include:

  • Application Security Engineer
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Data Security Strategist
  • IT Security Consultant
  • IT Security Lead
  • IT Security Engineer
  • Information Assurance Analyst
  • Information Assurance Engineer
  • Information Assurance Specialist
  • Management Information Systems Director
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst
  • Senior IT Security Consultant
  • Security Systems Administrator

How to Apply

Admission Criteria

The Master of Information Assurance degree requires students to have some prerequisite knowledge in information technology. Three or more years of relevant work experience OR a bachelor’s degree within the past two years in a relevant computer information sciences field is recommended. A foundational graduate course may be necessary, based on education and experience.

Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree either from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or a recognized institution in another nation equivalent to a U.S. regionally accredited bachelor's degree.

Materials Needed for Application and Admission

  • Complete the online graduate application
  • Application fee: $50.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • Current resume
  • Admissions essay
  • 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 Office of Admissions. You can download a transcript request form here.
  • Send transcripts to:
    Regis University
    Office of Admissions
    Mail Code: P-28
    3333 Regis Boulevard Denver, CO 80221-1099

Electronic transcripts may be sent to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu

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.

Applications are due two weeks prior to start date. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.

*YOUR APPLICATION FILE INCLUDING ALL REQUIREMENTS, DOCUMENTS AND FEES, MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE.

Schedule a one on one appointment with an Admissions Counselor at the DTC Campus. Click here to select an appointment.

Tuition

Visit our Cost of Attendance page to see the tuition and fee schedule for the M.S. in Information Assurance program.