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Information assurance is one of the most dynamic fields in recent decades. With growing demand for computing professionals, Gannon’s Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Master’s Degree places emphasis on the development of students’ skills and continued
professional growth to stay abreast of the rapidly changing technological world.
Keeping our critical cyber infrastructure secure while maintaining privacy is a priority. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions globally in 2021. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has also predicted
that the current number of cybersecurity job openings is on the rise. This program is aimed to fill that void. Every cybersecurity worker needs to be equipped with cybersecurity concepts and knowledge to protect and defend apps, data, networks, devices,
critical systems, infrastructure, and people. It provides post bachelor’s academic credentials that lead to targeted industry-recognized certifications.
Dr. Joshua Nwokejinwokeji001@gannon.edu or (814) 871-7185
Candidates are asked to submit the following information to the Gannon University Office of Graduate Admissions:
Application materials may be submitted by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (814-871-5827), or mail (Attn: Office of Graduate Admissions, Gannon University, 109 University Square, Erie, PA 16541).
The M.S. degree in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity prepares students for the industry’s most desired professional certifications:
The MS-IAC is a 30-credit professional degree program. Students may begin studies with a wide variety of academic and work backgrounds.
Courses are presented in three general categories:
Core Courses (24 credits):
Cybersecurity Elective (3 credits):
Directed Project or Directed Research (3 credits):
Each graduate student is expected to conduct a directed research / development project or thesis for completion of the degree.
Plan A (Directed Research): GCYSEC 699
The student is required to complete a 3-credit independent/team IAC research project and to pass a final oral examination covering the student’s project area and related subject areas. The content of the independent/team research should be in-depth scholarship
culminating in a publishable-quality manuscript. The content should represent a researched and creative expression of the student’s advanced capability as a result of the graduate program. The directed research must be proposed and approved prior
to the commencement of the independent/team project work. Proposals must be approved prior to registering for research credits. Per department guidelines, directed research students register for GCYSEC 699 Directed Research when completing the research
effort and after having received agreement from a faculty member to be the chair of the student’s research effort.
Plan B (Directed Project): GCYSEC 698
The student is required to complete a 3-credit independent/team IAC project and to pass a final oral examination covering the student’s project area and related subject areas. The content of the independent/ team project can be either (1) study and development
of a prototype-level application culminating in a publishable-quality technical report. The content should represent a researched and creative expression of the student’s advanced capability as a result of the graduate program. The directed development
project must be proposed and approved prior to the commencement of the independent/team project work. Proposals must be approved prior to registering for project credits. Per department guidelines, directed project students register for GCYSEC 698
Directed Project when completing the development effort and after having received agreement from a faculty member to be the chair of the student’s development effort.
While enrolled in GCYSEC 698 and GCYSEC 699 Directed Research, the student is required to satisfy other department-stipulated activities such as attendance at research seminars, participation in research presentations, and writing- or research-improvement
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