Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance


National Center of Academic ExcellenceNSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

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Next Session Start Date
Monday, June 4, 2018
Application Deadline
Monday, May 14, 2018

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A completed application includes the following:

  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Official transcript of your undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university
  • Letter of intent
  • Letter of recommendation from a professional or academic contact
  • Fulfillment of any additional program-specific requirements

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Building Secure Systems and Business Strategies

Today’s organizations rely on the Internet to conduct business and share information with their employees and customers in real time. With this reliance, however, comes an increased risk for information security breaches and critical business disruption. Now more than ever, organizations are looking to information security professionals who understand the complexity of today’s information technology infrastructures, the effect of technology on business objectives, and the importance of recognizing and managing risk to design and implement their information security and assurance strategies.

Norwich University’s Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program helps working adults interested in the many aspects of information security to develop the business acumen and management skills needed to pursue leadership positions in information security and assurance. While industry certifications like CISSP and CISM are critical in the field of information security, graduates of the program who hold a technical certification in addition to our degree are armed with the skills they need to help ensure that information assets are understood, valued and protected within the complex business enterprise.

Our rigorous curriculum explores the technical theories and methods behind information assurance, best practices in information security technology, organizational structure and policy development, the regulatory environment and compliance, and management strategies. Key skills fostered throughout the program include written communications, critical analysis, problem solving, project management, and leadership.

During their four core courses, students will conduct a case study using their current workplace or industry*, or other relevant organization that they have access to. They will examine current security strategies and identify recommendations for improvement. For their last two courses, students focus their studies on a selected concentration that can include computer forensics and incident response management, critical infrastructure protection & cyber crime, cyber law & international perspectives on cyberspace, project management, or vulnerability management. *If you are unable to complete a case study, other options may be available. Please talk to an admissions advisor.

Norwich is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. That excellence is driven in large part by our faculty members, whose vast professional and research experience ensures that students graduate with highly relevant and sought-after skills.

Leading Professionals Inform Cutting-Edge Course Content

A team of distinguished professionals serve as advisory board members for the Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program. Covering a span of industry knowledge from the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Society, Google, and more, they help continuously evolve the curriculum to meet the changing demands of the information security field.

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The Norwich Advantage

  • Our specialized program curriculum blends the management and technical aspects of an information security/assurance program, enabling you to develop the skills required to protect your organization and its critical information.
  • In a new partnership that will enhance the classroom experience, Norwich students will work with NBCUniversal on unique information security and assurance material and projects.
  • Project Management Institute (PMI) accreditation of Norwich’s Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance project management concentration signifies that the courses meet the comprehensive academic quality and excellence standards necessary in the industry.
  • You’ll learn from faculty members who are top practitioners and thought leaders in their fields.
  • The case study project enables you to demonstrate in a tangible way the knowledge and skills you’ve gained throughout the program.
  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits can be earned for each course if the student is a member of one of the following organizations:
    • ISACA: 90 CPEs for each course successfully completed.
    • (ISC)2: 72 CPEs for each course successfully completed.
  • Through our flexible online platform, you can access program content and contribute to class discussions on your own schedule and at your own pace each week.
  • Four start dates per year (March, June, September, and December) allow you to begin the program when it’s most convenient for you.
  • One of the earliest institutions to be recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance* by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security, Norwich has been a leader in information assurance instruction for more than a decade.

*now referred to as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

Career Preparation

A master's degree in information security and assurance from Norwich University prepares you for leadership positions such as chief information security officer and chief risk manager. Our alumni help shape and administer information security for leading companies such as Cisco Systems, Fidelity Investments, General Electric, and Bank of America as well as the Department of Defense and other government organizations.


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How to Get Started

With so much to learn and do, it’s easy to lose track of how to get started. Don’t worry: Norwich works hard to make it easy for you. We can guide you through the application process, give you tips on how to get the most out of your Norwich experience, and assist you in getting the required materials for the Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program.

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