M.S. - Information Technology Assurance Administration (ITAA)

About Us

The Master of Science in Information Technology Assurance Administration (ITAA) program provides a broad technical understanding of current and evolving technologies in Information Assurance with an emphasis on applying concepts to business fundamental needs. The information assurance specification provides a thorough knowledge base for managers and technology professionals concerned with the design, development, implementation, operation, and management of secure information systems and with the protection of an organization’s information assets. The specialization provides students with a practical understanding of the principles of data protection, network security and computer forensic. The specialization also introduces students to the ethical, legal, and policy issues associated with information security. Laboratory exercises are included in courses to enhance the learning experience.

What is special about ITAA?
  • STEM Major
    Our program is filed under a STEM CIP code and therefore 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 more on hand-on experiences than just theories. Students will learn practical skills to enhance their knowledge on information security. Our program targets preparing students with necessary knowledge for sitting in relevant security certification exams.
  • Promising Job Market
    Managers trained in network and information assurance are in high demand in the local area and there is also nationwide shortage. The need for such managers is the focus of new laws and regulations.  As business and commerce moves to the internet, this will become more and more important.
  • 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
Why ITAA?
Our flexible program plans allow students to finish their studies in 1.5 or 2 years. Other than a set of core courses that each student must take, there are elective courses for students to choose from based on their 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.
Who should enroll in our M.S.-ITAA program?
With the growing concern for information and network security, this new program will provide an in-depth program focusing on the roles of a network administrator who manages information assets in a small, mid-sized and even larger corporation.
How does this degree prepare me for a career?
The Master of Science in Information Technology Assurance Administration program would serve careers at the entry, mid-, or upper-level positions, depending upon the prior level of experience of the candidate.
Demand and Careers
This degree will help you move into IT management roles within any organization. Business is experiencing an ever increasing reliance upon information technology in conducting their affairs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites the need for managers of computational information systems to grow at a much faster rate than the average rate for all occupations.