MS-ISA Areas of Study & Curriculum
The program provides a flexible way to pursue graduate-level education in the following areas:
- Cybersecurity and information assurance
- Data analytics (Big data)
- Database management and data warehousing
- Fraud, white collar crime and digital & financial forensics
- Information system acquisition, development, and management
- System & network administration and security
Plan of Study Guide
Advisement prior to first-semester enrollment and a formal Plan of Study is mandatory. Individual students will be advised to enroll in specific classes that match their intended career path and complement their bachelor's degree and work experience. Plan of study approvals will be granted by the designated faculty advisor.
Read the Plan of Study Guide before creating your Plan of Study.
Students must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours of courses within the following groups.
Sample Course Syllabi
Course descriptions are provided for the courses listed below. For sample syllabi (where available), click here.
Download the checklist for MS-ISA students. Please use this worksheet along with your Plan of Study as a guide to satisfy your graduation requirements. Check off the courses as you complete them to keep track of your progress.
Questions regarding concentration requirements should be addressed with your MS-ISA advisor.
Core Group - 9 credit hours
Courses may be waived based on similar undergraduate/graduate courses or experience.
Management Group - 12 credit hours minimum selected from
- 501 (Data Driven Decision Making)
- 502 (Financial Accounting and Analysis)
- 503 (Managerial/Cost Accounting)
- 506 (Managing People in Organizations)
- 508 (Business and Society)
- 520 (Operations Management)
- 522 (Marketing Management)
- 526 (Financial Management)
- 633 (Vendor & Contract Management)
Up to 12 credit hours may be waived based on similar undergraduate/graduate courses or experience
Technology Group – 11 credit hour minimum
- CS 521 (Data Mining Techniques)
- CS 544 (Cyber-security)
- CS 565 (Topics in database management)
- CS 567 (Principles and Applications of Big Data)
- CS 581 (Fundamentals of Software Testing)
- CS 583 (Object-Oriented Testing)
- ECE 525 (Hardware-Oriented Security and Trust)
- ECE 595 (Web Architecture and Cloud Computing)
- MGMT 594 (Internal Auditing)
- MGMT 630 (Management of Information Systems)
- MGMT 632 (Web Application Development)
- MGMT 634 (Information Systems Analysis and Design)
- MGMT 635 (Decision Support and Business Intelligence Systems)
- MGMT 638 (Advanced Database)
- MGMT 639 (Advanced IS/IA topics) Human Factors in Security and Information Assurance Policy
- MGMT 641 (Forensic Accounting)
- MGMT 642 (Fraud Examination)
- MGMT 644 (Data Warehousing)
- MGMT 645 (Data and Text Mining)
- MGMT 646 (Digital Forensics)
- MGMT 647 (System and Network Administration)
- MGMT 648 (Advanced IS Security)
- MGMT 649 (IA Project)
- MGMT 599 (Thesis)
- MGMT 697 (Internship Course)
Other graduate-level CS and ECE courses with advance approval.