Master of Science in Information Assurance (MS-IA)
Protecting the National Infrastructure
The Master of Science degree in Information Assurance (MS-IA) is a multidisciplinary, 30-credit hour graduate degree. It is designed to produce a comprehensively educated information assurance professional. The aim is to produce rigorously educated leaders to engage in the serious business of protecting the nation's information infrastructure.
Protection of America's critical infrastructure is an emerging national priority. Due to its implications for national security, the responsibility for this program has been placed jointly with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Universities that meet the rigorous criteria established by these two federal agencies are granted designations as Centers of Excellence in IA education. This is a highly competitive annual process involving rigorous review of the target curriculum by national experts.
The curriculum of the University of Detroit Mercy received its Center of Excellence (CAE/IAE) award at West Point on June 8, 2004. This is a national distinction, and only universities that have been designated by this process are eligible to participate in the IA training and education programs funded by the federal government.