Missouri Western’s unique Cybersecurity (ITAA-Information Technology Assurance Administration) program provides a broad technical understanding of current and evolving technologies with an emphasis on business needs. Managers and technology professionals gain a thorough knowledge base in the areas of design, development, implementation, operation and management of secure information systems and protection of information assets. Students learn to apply the principles of data protection, network security and computer forensics as well as the ethical, legal, and policy issues associated with information security.

General Admission
To be fully accepted for admission into Cybersecurity (ITAA) graduate program at Missouri Western, you need

  1. A related bachelor’s or master’s degree in Computer Science, or related area, from an accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or previously earned master’s degree.
  3. Completed courses in Object-Oriented Programming, Computer Networking, and Database with grades C, or above.
    • Admitted applicants who have not already taken any of these 3 courses prior to their first day of the applied semesters may meet this requirement by either (1) enrolling in undergraduate coursework at Missouri Western State University or (2) passing the related certification exams suggested by the Cybersecurity faculty.

If you are already in a graduate program, once admitted by the Cybersecurity (ITAA) graduate program, you may transfer up to 6 credit hours from your current program.

General Application Deadlines
Domestic applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but preferred dates for application are:
Fall – July 15
Spring – November 1

Accelerated Program Admission
Accelerated program admission grants exceptional MWSU undergraduates early acceptance into the M.S. in Cybersecurity graduate program. Accelerated students begin taking graduate-level courses, up to 12 credit hours, during their undergraduate senior year, which allows them to complete the requirements for the master’s degree 1-2 semesters earlier than is typical. Current Applied Computer Technology or Computer Science students may obtain information about the accelerated program by contacting the Cybersecurity graduate program director.

International Admission
In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants who are non-native speakers of English must receive a minimum score of 79 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an academic score of 6.0 on the IELTS unless they possess a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. college or university. Tests taken more than two years prior to the date of application will not be accepted.

International Application Deadlines
Fall – July 15
Spring – November 1

All required documents must be submitted by these deadlines in order to ensure adequate time for materials review and processing.

  1. Applications for admission must be submitted online at GradCAS.
  2. Applications for scholarships or graduate assistantships should be completed separately.
  3. ITAA does not require you to submit separate application documents to our program.
  4. Official transcripts from each accredited institution you have attended should be submitted according to the instructions provided by GradCAS.

Additional documents for International Application:

  1. TOELF or IELTS score for English proficiency verification, if required.
  2. Financial affidavit showing you have enough funds to support your study at Missouri Western.
  • Scholarships and Assistantships
    Students are eligible for a Global Achievement Scholarship ($500, one-time award), Global Griffon Scholarship ($2000, annually renewable), and Missouri Western Graduate Scholarship. Also, graduate assistant positions are available to highly qualified applicants.
  • A STEM Major
    Our program falls into the STEM workforce educational paradigm. This allows international students of our program to extend their Optional Practical Training (OPT) for an additional 24 months. To ensure that our students start their employment soon after they graduate, our program endorses their OPT applications immediately after they have completed the capstone requirements.
  • Applied Learning
    Consistent with our school mission, Cybersecurity (ITAA) emphasizes hands-on experience. Students will learn practical skills to enhance their knowledge on information security. Our program prepares students for relevant security certification exams.
  • Promising Job Market
    Managers trained in network and information security are in high demand. As the digital landscape continues to require data and security measures, this need will grow.

This comprehensive program prepares managers and technology professionals with practical applications and best practices for managing data and security for businesses across industries.

The Cybersecurity (ITAA) program is designed for managers and professionals who want to advance their career or adapt to changing workplace needs.

It will help you move into IT management roles within any organization. Business is experiencing an ever-increasing reliance upon information technology. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites the need for managers of computational information systems to outpace growth in other occupations.

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Program Requirements
CSC 520Advance Networking and Network Administration3
CSC 550Applied Cryptography3
CSC 570Ethical Hacking3
CSC 580Cloud Computing Security3
CSC 590Information Technology Project Management3
CSC 615Routing and Switching3
CSC 625Network Information Systems Security3
CSC 630Database Management and Security3
CSC 635Software and Computer Security3
CSC 650Information Assurance3
MAT 609Technical Analysis for Decision Making3
Total Credit Hours33

Graduation Requirements

  1. Filing of an approved Application for Graduation.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required coursework as listed on the approved Program of Study.
  3. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.
  4. Acquire an industrial certificate. (Appropriate certificates are determined by the Cybersecurity faculty)

Are you ready to declare a program of study? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the program director.

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