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Information Technology Assurance Administration

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Missouri Western’s unique 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 ITAA graduate program at Missouri Western, you need

  1. A related bachelor’s or master’s degree 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.

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

General Application Deadlines
Fall – July 15
Spring – November 1
Summer – April 29

International Admission
In addition to the general requirements, non-English speaking applicants must have

  1. A minimum score of 79 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a 6.0 academic IELTS score unless they possess a bachelor’s degree from a college or university in which instruction is given in English. Tests taken more than two (2) years prior to the date of application cannot be accepted.

International applicants do NOT have to get their transcripts evaluated by WES, though it is desirable.

International Application Deadlines
Fall – July 15
Spring – November 1

Conditional Admission
Admission may be granted to applicants lacking enough computer-related background. Once admitted, these students may be required to take some or all of the following undergraduate computer science courses.

  1. CSC294 Networking and Telecommunications
  2. CSC305 Database Architecture and Concepts
  3. ACT311 Web Development Tools
  4. CSC410 Computer and Network Security
  1. Applications for admission must be submitted online at here.
  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 sent to :

MWSU Office of Admissions
4525 Downs Drive
Saint Joseph, MO 64507

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.
  • A STEM Major
    Our program falls into the STEM workforce educational paradigm. This allows international students of our program to extend their OPT for an additional 24 months.
  • Applied Learning
    Consistent with our school mission, 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.
  • Various Graduation Options
    To graduate, students can choose one of the following options:
  1. pass two 3-hour comprehensive exams
  2. get two approved certifications (Network+, Security+, Cloud+, Certified Ethical Hacking or any approved by the Graduate Committee)
  3. write a thesis of publishable quality plus one certification

Our flexible program plans allow students to finish their studies in 1.5 or 2 years. Beyond the set of core courses, students can tailor their electives to meet individual career goals. Options for fulfilling the graduation requirements include (1) master-thesis research, (2) certification exams and (3) comprehensive exams. Scholarship opportunities are available to qualified international students, as well.

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

The 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.

Students working on computers
Required Courses
CSC 500Research Methods in Information Systems and Technology3
CSC 520Advance Networking and Network Administration3
CSC 550Applied Cryptography3
CSC 605Software Implementation and Integration3
CSC 625Network Information Systems Security3
CSC 630Database Management and Security3
CSC 640Applied E-Commerce3
MAT 609Technical Analysis for Decision Making3
Elective Courses
Select one from the following two options:12
Group A and two courses from B
Group C and two courses from either A and/or B
Total Credit Hours36

Group A

CSC 570Ethical Hacking3
CSC 580Cloud Computing Security3

Group B

COM 601Professional and Organizational Communications3
ETC 508Technical Editing3
or ETC 600 Technical Communications Theory and Practice
or ENG 540 Writing for Management and Supervision
ECO 607Managerial Economics3
EGT 530Current Advancements in Engineering Technology3
EGT 610Advanced Engineering Technology3
LAW 535Introduction to Computer Forensics3
LAW 635Internet Commerce Fraud and Investigation3
MGT 603Organizational Theory3
MIM 613ERP Fundamentals3
MKT 605Strategic Marketing3
PSY 600User Experience Principles3
PSY 610User Experience Lab3

Group C

CSC 694Thesis Preparation3
CSC 695Professional Project/Thesis3
To take CSC694 and CSC695, a student must submit a formal proposal that needs to be approved by the graduate faculty committee of ITAA.

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. Students must complete one of the following approved capstone options:
    1. One Certification (approved by the ITAA program)
    2. Comprehensive Exam (covers relevant topics from the required courses)
Are you ready to declare a program of study? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the program director.

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