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Information Assurance Master’s Degree Online

Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a 100 percent online master’s degree program to help you advance your knowledge and career.

Students may join the program at the beginning of any semester and may take graduate courses in any order at a pace that suits their needs.  Classes are delivered online via digital streaming video.  Students may choose the day, time, and location to observe the class lectures allowing for maximum flexibility.

Admission Requirements

Application and admission requirements can be found on the Graduate College website and on the InfAs Program website.  Students may take up to 9 credits as a non-degree seeking student, so it is possible to begin your studies before formal admittance into the program. For InfAs graduate degree programs, choose Computer Engineering as your home department if you wish to complete the program entirely online.

Degree Requirements

Master of Science

The Masters of Science in Information Assurance consists of a total of 30 credit hours, typically with 18 credits from the core set of courses, 6 credits of research for a master’s degree with thesis or 3 credits of creative component or the capstone course for a master’s degree without thesis.  The remaining credits will be taken from a set of elective courses.

The Master of Science degree also requires a final oral exam on your research, creative component, or capstone experience. Students typically are allowed to transfer up to 6 credit hours of non-ISU graduate credit into their degree program.

Master of Engineering, Coursework Only
The Masters of Engineering in Information Assurance consists of a total of 30 credit hours, typically with 18 credits from the core set of courses and 6 credits of research. The remaining credits will be taken from a set of elective courses.

Typical Program of Study, Masters of Engineering (30 credits total):

  • InfAs 530 3 Advanced Computer Networking
  • InfAs 531 3 Computer Security
  • Infas 532 3 Information warfare
  • InfAs 534 3 Ethical and Legal Issues in Computer Security

2 out of 4:

  • InfAs 533 3 Cryptography
  • CprE 535 3 Steganography
  • Cpr E 536 3 Forensics
  • CprE 537 3 Wireless Security

Electives:

  • Department list, 3-9 credits of any 500 level course in CprE or CS

Capstone:

  • Infas 632 3 Capstone course

More information on the core and elective courses can be found on the Information Assurance Program website.

Contact Information

Please email infas@iastate.edu or call 515-294-0659.