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Online Master of Science in IT: Information Assurance

IT: Information Assurance
Master's Concentration
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer up to 12 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • $534 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $336 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Earn an online Master of Science in IT with an information assurance concentration at University of Maryland Global Campus. This state-of-the-art program is designed to give working adults a holistic view of two important fields: cyber technology and information technology. Study in our convenient online classroom with knowledgeable professors who are leaders in the field. Learn the newest industry standards with coursework that is constantly being updated. And gain knowledge that you can apply on the job right away! 

Stand Out in the Fast-Growing Field of Information Assurance

This online master’s concentration is designed to help you gain career-relevant knowledge in the unique field of information assurance, which combines aspects of cybersecurity, digital forensics, and risk management. Our degree program focuses on how to protect sensitive data by identifying vulnerabilities in computer systems and deploying protective countermeasures. A good fit for professionals who are looking to advance their careers, this online program may help you develop a more well-rounded skillset and set you up for success in the job market.

Here are a few of the ways we’ve geared the curriculum toward working professionals:

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Protect Data & Develop Career-Focused Skills

Today’s employers understand that one of their most vital missions is the protection of sensitive company data. That’s why companies are looking for employees who understand how data can be protected and are able to anticipate and protect against cyber intrusions. Our online information assurance program is designed to help you develop career-relevant knowledge in crucial areas like forensic support, threat identification and remediation, information security, and cyber defense.

UMGC’s program directors stay up-to-date and refresh the curriculum regularly, with a focus on helping students achieve these learning goals:

Pursue Highly Valued STEM Skills

Professional Science Master's Program

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Professional Science Master's Program

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

"Professional Science Master’s (PSMs) are designed for students seeking a STEM graduate degree who understand the need for developing workplace skills valued by top employers. The PSM is a perfect fit for professionals because it allows you to pursue advanced training and excel in science or math without a PhD, while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills."

Source: Professional Science Masters Website

Safeguard Networks & Elevate Your Career

This program is designed to help you prepare for career paths in information security and cyber defense. Potential job titles include security architect, cloud security specialist, IT security analyst, and quality assurance engineer. UMGC courses are taught by experienced faculty and address skills and competencies that are highly valued by today’s employers. 

Faustina A. (left), Lancaster, PA & Diana M. (right), Elkridge, MD

Jobs Increase
Employment for information security analysts is expected to grow by 35 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the national average.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | Occupational Outlook Handbook | 2023
Job Openings
There are more than 750,000 openings for cybersecurity professionals across the United States.
Source: CyberSeek | Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heatmap | April 1, 2023
Annual Cost of Cybercrime
The annual cost of damages resulting from cybercrime is set to reach $10.5 trillion by 2025.
Source: Cybersecurity Ventures & eSentire | “2022 Official Cybercrime Report” | 2022

Practice Real-World Skills in Your Information Assurance Courses 

Throughout your curriculum, your instructors will assign projects that will help you develop and practice in-depth, industry-specific knowledge. In past courses, students have been able to complete the following course projects: 

  • Use state-of-the-art cryptographic techniques to hide mock data.
  • Detect intrusions in a mock company’s network. 
  • Practice preserving various types of evidence. 
  • Conduct a comprehensive examination and analysis of legal and ethical issues for a mock company. 

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