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.

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.

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Why Should You Get Your Cybersecurity Degree from NSU?

The National Security Agency (NSA) and its affiliated federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense Office of the Chief Information Officer (DoD-CIO), and US Cyber Command (CYBERCOM), have designated NSU as a National Center of Academic Excellence (NCAE) in Cybersecurity and have certified that NSU’s curriculum in cybersecurity meets or exceeds the requirements and standards expected of a leader in cybersecurity research and education.

Which Cybersecurity Degree is Right for Me?

Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

The Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity degree program is designed for someone who wants to focus on Network Security Engineering by obtaining the necessary skills and abilities for the design of secure network infrastructures and security analysis of network traffic.

Cybersecurity Management

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management degree program is designed for individuals who want to focus on Security Policy Development and Compliance by obtaining the necessary skills and abilities for the development of organizational policies related to information assurance/cyber defense and the analysis of operational systems for compliance with applicable IA/CD-related laws and policies.

Quick Facts

Curriculum

NSU’s M.S. in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity is 30 total credits (10 courses) to complete. 8 week courses are available, so you can earn your degree in 1 year.

Start Dates

All College of Computing and Engineering master's degree programs begin in AugustJanuary, 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.

Tuition

Tuition for the degree program is $874 per credit hour. Discounted rates are available through our employer tuition program.

Career Outcomes

Security Engineer

$92,642 Average Salary Per Year

Chief Information Officer

$165,752 Average Salary Per Year

Information Security Analyst

$72,748 Average Salary Per Year

Source: Payscale.com

Did You Know?

Information Assurance & Cybersecurity Curriculum

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Prerequisite Courses*
Credits
MSIT 501
Foundations of Programming, Data Structures, and Algorithms (MSIT 501 / Credits: 3 )
3
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)
Credits
CISC 640
Operating Systems (CISC 640 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 650
Computer Networks (CISC 650 / Credits: 3 )
3
CISC 680
Software Engineering (CISC 680 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 615
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity (ISEC 615 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 620
Applied Cryptography (ISEC 620 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 640
Database Security (ISEC 640 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 650
Computer and Network Forensics (ISEC 650 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 660
Advanced Network Security (ISEC 660 / Credits: 3 )
3
ISEC 690
Information Security Project (ISEC 690 / Credits: 3 )
3
MSIT 630
Database Systems (MSIT 630 / Credits: 3 )
3

*Applicants who do not have adequate academic backgrounds may be required to take one or more of the 500-level graduate prerequisite courses during the first two terms of the program.

Students who wish to take an elective (above the 10 required courses) must request approval from the program office before registration.

Courses at the 500 level, when required, must be completed prior to taking courses at the 600 level. All 500-level courses must be completed with a grade of ‘B’ or higher to continue in the information assurance and cybersecurity program. 

For a full list of all course descriptions, visit coursewizard.nova.edu.

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Take The Next Step

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