The Master of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) program at Oklahoma State University (OSU) offers a unique blend of managerial coursework and hands-on applications that enables graduates to understand information assurance in the business. Topics include telecommunications, risk, offensive and defensive practices, and legal issues.

OSU is a designated Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research. Our IA curriculum is recognized and approved by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The university is also home to the Center for Telecommunications and Network Security.


  • Experiential Hands-On Learning
  • Recognized and Approved by Department of Homeland Security
  • Recognized and Approved by NSA
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 A broad investigation of the elements of information assurance and security with an emphasis on the management impact to corporations and businesses engaged in information Management Science and Information Systems (MSIS) services and electronic commerce. Students should come away from the course with the ability to advise management on the risks and mitigation for all types of threats to information and privacy.


An investigation into the various technical aspects of attacking, and of guarding against attacks and failures in various types of information systems. Course content may vary but  includes computer, network, and data protection technologies (e.g., firewalls, packet filters, proxy servers, user authentication and validation techniques, encryption, backup methodologies, system and component redundancies, etc.). Various threats and attack methods examined.


This capstone course takes a strategic view of corporate information assurance. The goal is to provide an overarching view of an information assurance program to include physical, personnel, operational, and cyber security, including the underlying legislation and Federal and state regulations that drive corporate IA programs and policy.



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