Information Security & Assurance Program FAQs

1. Why should I earn a Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance?

Norwich University’s Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program provides today’s information security professionals with a highly relevant foundation for understanding the complexity of network operations, recognizing and managing risk, using technology as a strategy for attaining business objectives, and implementing information assurance strategies. Students graduate with valuable business acumen and management skills to help them pursue leadership positions in information security and assurance.

2. How do I qualify for the information security and assurance program?

The Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program welcomes goal-oriented individuals who share our passion for public service and are committed to furthering their field and contributing positively to their community. For a list of eligibility requirements, visit the information security and assurance program admissions page.

3. 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. For a complete course listing, visit the information security and assurance program page.

4. What concentrations may I specialize in?

Students can choose one of four concentrations: computer forensics and incident response management, critical infrastructure protection & cyber crime, project management, or vulnerability management.

5. 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.

6. How much will this program cost?

The current, all-inclusive cost for the Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program is $31,851. For detailed information about program costs, visit the tuition information page.

7. 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. For more information, visit the information security and assurance career outcomes page.

8. 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. To meet some of the featured program faculty, visit the information security and assurance program page.

9. What are the 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 600 (paper-based test) or 94 (Internet-based test or iBT) on the TOEFL are required, unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements
  • Two years of work experience is normally required. The program director reviews exceptions on a case by case basis
10. Is it possible to work full-time while studying in the information security and assurance program?

Yes, the information security and assurance program is designed to complement your day-to-day work schedule. 

11. 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.

12. How is the 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 National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

13. Will I be able to take my CISSP Certification and/or 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 residency, although there is no direct preparation or connection to the residency activities.