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Master of Science in Information Systems and Assurance

Master of Science in Information Systems and Assurance

Information Systems (IS) is an interdisciplinary field combining aspects of management, information technology, and computer science. IS professionals contribute to organizations in many ways including:

  • Planning an organization's technology-related strategy and infrastructure
  • Acquiring, developing, and managing computer hardware, networks, software, and related services
  • Developing and managing an organization's databases
  • Analyzing data to improve an organization's marketing, operations, and strategic planning

Information assurance (IA) is an interdisciplinary field combining specialized aspects of computer science, computer engineering, information systems and accounting. IA professionals contribute to organizations in many ways including:

  • Securing networks, systems, and information services against threats
  • Ensuring privacy and confidentiality of an organization's data
  • Investigating fraud including both technical and financial aspects
  • Educating and training users and technical staff about security
  • Managing risks and ensuring compliance with security and privacy-related laws and regulations

Why should you study Information Systems or Assurance at the master's level?

  • Knowledge and skill requirements for higher-paying upper-level jobs exceed the content of most undergraduate degree programs.
  • Graduates are in short supply - you can choose from many jobs with excellent pay and benefits.
  • Graduates have diverse educational backgrounds including accounting, computer science, engineering, and information technology.
  • IS and IA are rapidly-changing fields - you'll constantly update your skills and you'll never be bored.
  • IS and IA graduates make a difference - you'll manage and protect computer systems, data, networks, people, and the nation.

Demand for IS and IA skills is strong due organizations' dependence on information technology and the need to secure information systems and data. Types of firms and organizations that hire MS-ISA graduates include law enforcement, national labs, financial services, Fortune 500 companies, educational and healthcare organizations, and Federal, state, local, and tribal governments. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and related accounting and auditing standards have also created many IA employment opportunities in the audit staffs of public accounting firms and private organizations.

Quick Facts: Computer and Information Systems Managers
2015 Median Pay$ 131,600 per year
$ 63.27 per hour
Entry-Level EducationBachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation5 years or more
On-the-job TrainingNone
Number of Jobs, 2014348,500
Job Outlook, 2014-2415% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2014-2453,700

Quick Facts: Information Security Analysts
2015 Median Pay$ 90,120 per year
$ 43.33 per hour
Entry-Level EducationBachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related OccupationLess than 5 years
On-the-job TrainingNone
Number of Jobs, 201482,900
Job Outlook, 2014-2418% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2014-2414,800

Quick Facts: Database Administrators
2015 Median Pay$ 81,710 per year
$ 39.29 per hour
Entry-Level EducationBachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related OccupationLess than 5 years
On-the-job TrainingNone
Number of Jobs, 2014120,000
Job Outlook, 2014-2411% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2014-2413,400

Quick Facts: Network and Computer Systems Administrators
2015 Median Pay$ 77,810 per year
$ 37.41 per hour
Entry-Level EducationBachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related OccupationNone
On-the-job TrainingNone
Number of Jobs, 2012382,600
Job Outlook, 2012-228% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2012-2230,200

Quick Facts: Analytics Manager
DataJobs.com Pay Range*$ 90,000 - $175,000 +
Entry-Level EducationBachelor’s degree
* https://datajobs.com/big-data-salary
Quick Facts: Fraud Examiners, Investigators and Analysts
Recruiter.com Median Pay Range$ 55,850 - $72,860
Entry-Level EducationBachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related OccupationDepends
On-the-job TrainingDepends
http://www.recruiter.com/salaries/fraud-examiners-investigators-and-analysts-salary

US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook for 2012-2022