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Online IT Master's Degree

Information Assurance

IT: Information Assurance
Master's Specialization
AT A GLANCE
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer up to 6 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
TUITION
  • $514 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $480 per credit (military)
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Build skills to stand out in the fast-growing fields of information assurance and cybersecurity.

The online master’s degree in information technology with an information assurance specialization provides a practical understanding of the principles of data protection, cybersecurity, and computer forensics. Perfect for midcareer professionals or career changers, this University of Maryland Global Campus program offers sought-after skills in network and internet security, intrusion detection and prevention, and cryptology, while also strengthening core IT knowledge and project management abilities.

Total Credits Required: 36

Initial Requirement

  • (0 Credits, UCSP 615)
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Core Courses

  • (3 Credits, ITEC 610)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 625)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 626)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 630)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 640)

Specialization Courses

  • (3 Credits, INFA 610)
  • (3 Credits, INFA 620)
  • (3 Credits, INFA 630)
  • (3 Credits, INFA 640)
  • (3 Credits, INFA 650)
  • (3 Credits, INFA 660)

Capstone Course

  • (3 Credits, INFA 670)

  • (3 Credits, ITEC 610) must be taken in the first term of coursework.
  • (3 Credits, INFA 610) must be taken as the first specialization course.
  • You must complete all other specialization coursework before taking (3 Credits, INFA 670).

General Master's Degree Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Please review the overall master’s degree requirements for additional considerations.

Sequence Course
1 (0 Credits, UCSP 615)
2 (3 Credits, ITEC 610)
3 (3 Credits, ITEC 625)
4 (3 Credits, INFA 610)
5 (3 Credits, ITEC 626)
6 (3 Credits, INFA 620)
7 (3 Credits, ITEC 630)
8 (3 Credits, INFA 630)
9 (3 Credits, ITEC 640)
10 (3 Credits, INFA 640)
11 (3 Credits, INFA 650)
12 (3 Credits, INFA 660)
13 (3 Credits, INFA 670)

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

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Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Industry Snapshot

This program is designed to help prepare you for a career in the cybersecurity and information assurance field in areas such as network and internet security, intrusion detection and prevention, cryptology, cyber law, and software assurance.

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U.S. employers advertised nearly 508,000 job openings for cybersecurity workers between June 2019 and May 2020.
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Professional Science Master’s Degree

This program has received a special designation as Professional Science Master’s Degree program through the Council of Graduate Schools.

Professional Science Master's (PSM) programs are designed for students who are seeking a graduate degree in science or mathematics and understand the need for developing workplace skills valued by top employers.

Additional Program Information

  • You are expected to have some familiarity with Microsoft Excel. You are also expected to have some background in information technology. This background may be acquired through noncredit preparatory coursework, listed below.
  • If you do not have previous coursework or experience in programming, you are strongly advised to first enroll in (0 Credits, UCSP 635) and (0 Credits, UCSP 636) to gain the appropriate foundation. Taking (0 Credits, UCSP 605) is recommended to help improve writing skills.

This program requires that you use a computer with the following:

  • Microphone and speakers or headset with microphone or equivalent device(s)
  • 5 GB (gigabytes) of free hard drive space
  • 4 GB RAM or higher
  • A high-speed internet connection
  • Computer processor (Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64) running at speeds of at least 1 GHz
  • Windows 8.1 or Mac OS X 10.6 or higher for an operating system (Linux operating systems can also be used but require more technical knowledge from the user.)

Note: The higher the processor speed of your computer (e.g., 2.4–3.4 GHz), the larger the amount of available memory (e.g., 4–12 GB), and the larger the amount of available hard drive space (e.g., 5–20 GB), the better your computer will perform and the smoother your experience will be.

Computing Club

The Computing Club provides a dynamic environment where members can work collaboratively, share innovative ideas, enhance their career-readiness, and gain marketable experience in their respective fields. It is available to graduate or undergraduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff members. Students and alumni can join the Computing Club group on CareerQuest.

Cyber Competition Team

The Cyber Competition Team represents ballbet体育 at various cybersecurity events and tournaments nationwide. Being a member of the team gives students an opportunity to develop their cybersecurity skills and network with other students. The team is open to undergraduate and graduate students and alumni through a tryout process. Email jesse.varsalone@woodlandsinnandspa.com or visit the cyber team webpage to learn more.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Computing & Technology Disciplines)

Upsilon Pi Epsilon encourages the enhancement of knowledge in the computing and information science fields. Membership is by invitation only. It is available to undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate membership is open to students majoring in one of the computing disciplines who have completed at least 45 credit hours towards their degree, including 30 or more credits at ballbet体育 (in graded coursework) and at least 15 credits from information technology and computer science courses. Undergraduate students need to have a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher and a GPA of 3.5 or higher in all coursework taken from the information technology and computer science courses. Graduate student membership is open to students pursuing a master's degree in cybersecurity management and policy, cybersecurity technology, data analytics, or digital forensics and cyber investigation; a master's degree in information technology with a specialization in database systems technology, informatics, information assurance, software engineering, or telecommunications management; or a legacy master's degree in cybersecurity. Graduate students must have completed at least 18 resident credits towards their degree at ballbet体育, with a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher. For more information, please email upe@woodlandsinnandspa.com.

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