Master of Science with Creative Component

The program stretches across several departments, including Management Information Systems, Mathematics and Political Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Each home department has their own course requirements that Information Assurance students are required to meet to complete the degree.

On-campus students may complete a creative component as a part of the Master of Science in Information Assurance program. The creative component is a demonstration of the student’s independent work. The student will present their creative component as a written and oral report.


The basic prerequisite for admission to this program is a baccalaureate degree in engineering, mathematics, computer science, management information systems, political science or closely related field.

The GRE or GMAT may be required based on the home department’s standards. Students with baccalaureate degrees in physical sciences, statistics or other related fields will be considered on an individual basis, possibly with provisional admission.

Students applying to the program may preference their home department in the statement of purpose. Otherwise, students will be placed in the home department that is most closely aligned with the student’s research interest and background. The home department sets the admission standards, course requirements and creative component standards (see Requirements below).


Additional Information

The program consists of 27 course credits. Three credits of the program is the creative component (CPR E 599). Students’ creative components are approved by the major professor of their home department.

Students admitted into a Master of Science degree are required to secure a committee appointment and create a Program of Study. The committee appointment includes three faculty members: professor of the major, a faculty member within the area of study and a faculty member from outside the area of study. The Program of Study Committee advises the student to take specific electives and determines the acceptability of transfer credits. The Committee Appointment and the Program of Study must be submitted to the Graduate College by the deadline and approved in the semester before the Final Oral Examination. Additional information, deadlines and instructions are located on the Graduate College website.