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Network Defense Specialization Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

School of Business and Technology



Total program credits needed for graduation: 48

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Core Courses

IAS5002 Communication Skills for Today’s Information Security Professional 4 quarter credits
IAS5010 Information Technology Security Fundamentals 4 quarter credits
IAS5015* Network Security Fundamentals and Cryptography 4 quarter credits
IAS5020 Information Security Regulatory and Legal Environment 4 quarter credits
IAS5025* Network and Operating System Defense 4 quarter credits
IAS5030* Identifying and Managing Risk 4 quarter credits

Specialization Courses

IAS5210 Data Communications 4 quarter credits
IAS5220 Network Security Controls and Testing 4 quarter credits
IAS5230 Secure Network Design and Engineering 4 quarter credits
IAS5130 Programming for Security Professionals 4 quarter credits
IAS5200 Network Architecture and Cyberoperations 4 quarter credits

Capstone Course

Taken during the learner's final quarter:

IAS5900* IAS Capstone 4 quarter credits

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which may help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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