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Advance Your Career by Securing Information Systems

Credit agencies, social media giants, health care networks, retailers, government and financial organizations—they all keep and maintain data that impact our lives. This data, or information, is often personal and securing it is vital—especially when it’s being stored and used in many places. NSU’s M.S. in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, prepares you to build better infrastructures, with security mechanisms to help protect all that data.

Your strong mathematical aptitude and interest in algorithms and data structures makes you a good candidate for a master’s degree in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity. This is a technical degree that comes with global opportunities and great earning potential. You can work in public or private sectors, in a vast number of industries.

Did You Know? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Information Security Analysts earned an average of $99,730 per year in 2019, and job growth in this field is expected to grow 32 percent from 2018 to 2028.

NSU’s Information Assurance and Cybersecurity program focuses on the protection and mechanisms associated with the technology infrastructure of applications, systems and networks. You will learn how to design systems that help maintain the confidentiality and integrity of information. In this multidisciplinary program you’ll gain specialty knowledge in cybersecurity, computer science, user experience, and more. Our curriculum evolves based on the needs of the real world, which means you’ll always be current with what’s happening in the industry.  

Upon completion of the program you’ll be prepared for careers as a chief information security officer, information systems security officer, cyber defense analyst, cyber defense infrastructure support specialist, cyber defense incident responder, vulnerability assessment analyst, and more. And you’ll have a wide variety of technical and soft skills to help you succeed.

Why Should You Get Your Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Degree from NSU Florida?

  • The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have certified that NSU’s curriculum in information security meets or exceeds the requirements and standards expected of a leader in cybersecurity research and education.
  • NSU was among the first in Florida to be designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE/CD) education (2005) and was redesignated again in 2009 and 2014.
  • NSU’s College of Computing and Engineering is hosting the Center for Information Protection, Education, and Research (CIPhER), which is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in cybersecurity education as well as an innovation center in the research and development of solutions to real-world cybersecurity problems.
  • You can study on campus or online, giving you the flexibility to continue working while you earn your degree.

Apply for NSU’s Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.

Quick Facts

Tuition for the degree program is $849 per credit hour. Discounted rates are available through our employer tuition program.
NSU’s M.S. in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity is 30 total credits (10 courses) to complete.
Application Deadlines
Applications for admission are accepted online and on a rolling basis for all graduate programs. Available start dates are in August, January, and May.
Delivery Options
Classes for the M.S. in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity program are offered online or at our Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus. Each on-campus class meets once a week in the evening for 16 weeks in the fall, 17 weeks in the winter term, and 12 weeks in the summer term.

Career Outcomes

Security Engineer $115,946 Average Salary Per Year

7.5% Projected Employment Growth

Chief Information Officer $136,934 Average Salary Per Year

-0.1% Projected Employment Growth

Security Analyst $84,612 Average Salary Per Year

3.4% Projected Employment Growth

Source: 2017 Salary Report

Information Assurance & Cybersecurity Curriculum

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Prerequisite Courses
CISC 500
Java Programming Language ( CISC 500 )
CISC 501
Computer Organization and Architecture ( CISC 501 )
CISC 502
Mathematics in Computing ( CISC 502 )
CISC 503
Data Structures and Algorithms ( CISC 503 )
Core Courses (30 credits)
CISC 640
Operating Systems ( CISC 640 / Credits: 3 )
CISC 650
Computer Networks ( CISC 650 / Credits: 3 )
CISC 680
Software Engineering ( CISC 680 / Credits: 3 )
ISEC 620
Applied Cryptography ( ISEC 620 / Credits: 3 )
ISEC 640
Database Security ( ISEC 640 / Credits: 3 )
ISEC 650
Computer and Network Forensics ( ISEC 650 / Credits: 3 )
ISEC 660
Advanced Network Security ( ISEC 660 / Credits: 3 )
ISEC 690
Information Security Project ( ISEC 690 / Credits: 3 )
MSIT 630
Database Systems ( MSIT 630 / Credits: 3 )

Success Stories

Catalina Bolaños Sippli

Receiving her Master of Science in Management Information Systems from NSU helped Catalina gain a better understanding of both the business and technology aspects in her role as an IT Consultant. Since graduating, she's been able to apply this knowledge to excel in her career.

Ben Sirof

By being able to receive the full classroom experience in an online format, Ben was able to work toward making technology his new career. With a Master of Science in Information Technology from NSU, he gained a sense of accomplishment and the experience he needed to pursue his goals.

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