Information Technology Master's Degree with Information Assurance Specialization

Earn your master’s degree in information technology with a specialization in information assurance while building skills to stand out in the fast-growing fields of information assurance and cybersecurity.

The graduate specialization in information assurance will provide you with a practical understanding of the principles of data protection, cybersecurity, and computer forensics. Perfect for midcareer professionals or career changers, the information assurance specialization offers sought-after skills in network and Internet security, intrusion detection and prevention, and cryptology while also strengthening your core IT knowledge and project management abilities.

About the Information Assurance Specialization

The information assurance curriculum can help you gain real-world experience through interactions with actual organizations. You’ll learn job-relevant skills from case studies of real information assurance crises.

What You’ll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Secure information using knowledge of symmetric and asymmetric keys, protocols for exchanging secure data (including the Data Encryption Standard and the Advanced Encryption Standard), and other cryptographic methods and cryptanalysis tools
  • Protect networks using risk analysis, defense models, security policy development, authentication and authorization controls, firewalls, packet filtering, virtual private networks (VPNs), and wireless network security
  • Respond to attacks with damage assessments, data forensics, attack tracing, and system recovery processes for continuity of operation
  • Identify system vulnerabilities and attack patterns and solve problems with intrusion detection tactics
  • Navigate ethics, relevant laws, regulations, policies, and standards
  • Lead successful teams with advanced project management skills

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to study and experiment with real-world tools and techniques to perform

  • Information risk analysis
  • Network packet analysis
  • Forensic evidence collection and preservation
  • Access control techniques
  • Protocol analysis
  • Intrusion detection and prevention
  • Encryption/decryption of files and messages
  • Vulnerability assessments

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for a career in the cybersecurity and information assurance field in the areas of network and internet security, intrusion detection and prevention, cryptology, cyber law, and software assurance.

Program Recognition

UMGC’s MS in Information Technology with a specialization in information assurance has been designated a Professional Science Master’s degree program through the Council of Graduate Schools.

Cybersecurity Program Recognition

UMGC has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security and as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the Defense Cyber Crime Center Academic Cyber Curriculum Alliance.