Iowa State University has been offering courses in information assurance since 1995 and has one of the largest programs in the country. Graduate degrees can be obtained in a traditional on campus setting or as an on-line program. For information on the on-line degree program visit www.ede.iastate.edu
While the program is primarly focused at the graduate level we do offer courses and options for undergraduate students. Students in computer engineering can take several of the information assurance courses and apply them to their undergraduate degree.
We also offer a computer security literacy course to students with little or no background in computing. This course is the first such course offered at a research university to tend to the needs of the average computer user.
Work is offered for the degree Master of Science with a major in Information Assurance under a cooperative arrangement with various departments including Electrical and Computer Engineering; Political Science; Management Information Systems; and Mathematics. Students graduating from the major will help to fill the need for well-educated system security specialists in the government, private sector, and academia. The program objectives identified as being critical to the accomplishment of this mission are: (1) Impart and enhance knowledge about information infrastructure security; (2) Expand and develop ability to engineer complex systems; (3) Instill and nurture social awareness, and the ability to function in a team; (4) Instill and nurture a sense of ethics; and (5) Develop an understanding of strategic and policy issues.
We offer 5 different graduate degree options:
1. Masters of Science with thesis
2. Masters of Science without thesis
3. Masters of Engineering (coursework only)
4. Graduate certificate
5. Ph.D. with a focus on Information Assurance