Information Security & Assurance Program FAQs

What courses can I take in the information security and assurance program?

Students can choose from a variety of courses specific to their interests in the field of information security and assurance. Course topics include foundations and historical underpinning of information assurance, use of technological defenses against threats, exploitations of vulnerabilities in information systems, operations security, and risk management.

What concentrations are available?

Students can choose one of five concentrations:

  • Computer Forensics and Incident Response Management
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection & Cyber Crime
  • Cyber Law & International Perspectives on Cyberspace
  • Project Management
  • Vulnerability Management
What will my case study involve?

The purpose of the case study is to make real-world assessments of security principles and practices and apply lessons learned in the program to that real-world environment. The information assurance program recognizes that there are confidentiality concerns, and has put in place safeguards in order to maintain confidentiality.

How have graduates of the program applied their degree?

Our alumni have found employment with notable organizations such as the U.S. Army, Boeing, Bank of America, Department of Defense, IBM, AT&T, and Fidelity.

How are the information security and assurance program faculty members selected?

Information security and assurance program instructors all have advanced degrees (some are terminal) and must be currently certified as a CISSP or CISM. Other certifications may be honored if they relate to specific curriculum areas. They must demonstrate enthusiasm for university/college-level teaching, and solid, practical experience in information assurance. The faculty roster includes practitioners, publishers, speakers, writers, teachers, consultants, and senior executives.

What are the eligibility requirements for applying to the program?
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, or SpanTran.
  • The GRE is not required to apply, but may be requested based upon an applicant's undergraduate GPA.
  • If English was not the language of degree study, proof of English language proficiency and a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test or iBT) on the TOEFL are required, unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements.

 

How long is the information security and assurance program?

The program's six courses (each six credits) take approximately 18 months to complete. Depending on when you start the program, you can expect your degree to be conferred in 18 to 24 months.

Is the online Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance program accredited?

In addition to the University’s regional accreditation, Norwich has been certified by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

Will I be able to take my CISSP certification exam while studying at Norwich University?

In the past, students have had the opportunity to take their exams while at Norwich University as the exams’ timing coincided with the Residency Conference, although there is no direct preparation or connection to the residency activities.

How much is the online Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance program?
  • Credit Hours - 36
  • Price Per Credit - $825
  • Term Tuition - $4,950
  • Technology - $300/term
  • Library - $75/term
  • Graduation - $150/one-time
  • Total Program Cost (6 terms): $32,100

 

Does Norwich accept transfer credits?

When you apply for admission to the information security and assurance program, you can submit transcripts and course outlines from previously attended institutions of higher education to be considered for transfer credits. Transfer credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be accepted for up to 12 credits. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as they pertain to transfer credits.

Learn more about Norwich University’s transfer credit policy.