Information Assurance Certificate

Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, College of Information Science & Technology

Vision Statement

The goal of the ISQA graduate certificate program is to allow post-baccalaureate students and working professionals to expand their educational background and complete work that could count towards a graduate degree. Earning the graduate certificate will enhance skill sets; provide exposure to new information technologies, theories and practices; allow individuals to work toward various professional certifications; increase growth potential with employers; and increase prospects of obtaining a graduate degree. The graduate certificate program offers existing technical and managerial professionals the chance to improve and hone their communication skills to aide in their professional development.

The Information Assurance (IA) Certificate will provide students with the technical, organizational and managerial background to assist in planning, deploying, and managing security technologies to achieve information assurance.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Leah Pietron, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 284D


Ms. Carla Frakes, Advisor

Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 176C


Program Website:

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 1

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 on the written TOEFL
    • 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on the internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • International applicants who do not have a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an English-speaking institution of higher education in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, English-speaking Africa, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand are required to submit TOEFL scores.
    • Paper-based TOEFL: 550
    • Computer-based TOEFL: 213
    • Internet-based TOEFL: 79
    • IELTS: 6.5
  • The minimum undergraduate grade point average requirement for the MS in MIS program is 2.80 or equivalent score on a 4.00 scale. Applicants should have the equivalent of a 4-year undergraduate degree.

Cert-INFA Degree Requirements

Undergraduate deficiency requirements must be completed with grades of "B" or better:

CIST 2100Organizations, Applications and Technology

3 credits

ISQA 8040An Overview of Systems Development

3 credits

ISQA 8050Data Organization and Storage

3 credits

Cert-INFA Required Courses (9 hours):

ISQA 8546Computer Security Management

3 credits

ISQA 8570/IASC 8570Information Security Policy and Ethics

3 credits

ISQA 8580Security Risk Management and Assessment

3 credits

Cert-INFA Electives (3 hours; select one of the following):

ISQA 8530E-Commerce Security

3 credits

ISQA 8560Information Warfare and Security

3 credits

ISQA 8080Seminar in Management Information Systems

1 - 5 credits

ISQA 8900Independent Research in Management Information Systems

1 - 3 credits

ISQA 8080, ISQA 8900: must be related to information assurance

Total Credit Hours: 12

Cert-INFA-Other Program-Related Information:

The certificate in Information Assurance can be obtained online, but students will need to consult with the Graduate Program chair on course offerings.

Completion of the Certificate

During what is expected to be the semester the certificate is completed and prior to the posted deadline, students should apply for the certificate through mavlink on or before the deadline. Information can be found at: If you complete the application form and do not complete all of the requirements for the certificate, contact the Office of Graduate Studies as soon as possible. You must reapply during the next semester in which you expect to complete the certificate; no additional fee is charged to reactivate your application.

The following requirements are due 12 working days prior to commencement:

  • “Incomplete” and “NR” grades from previous terms must be removed so that the grade will be in the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • All fees, fines, and other obligations due the university must be settled.

For students currently enrolled in courses that are a part of their plan of study, enrollment must be maintained in order to complete the certificate. A grade for any current enrollment must be received by the Registrar's Office no later than the close of business on the fifteenth working day following the end of a semester.

Awarding of Graduate Certificates

The Office of Graduate Studies will mail the certificate to students when all requirements are completed and all obligations to the university are satisfied. The Graduate College will not approve any changes in the student's permanent record once the certificate is awarded.