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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 by 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. There is no previous cyber education needed to complete the sequence of two certificates that lead
to the master's degree. This program is designed for the full-time working professional who holds a nontechnical degree who is looking to improve their knowledge in cybersecurity, increase their job prospects and earning potential, or take the first
step toward a graduate degree in the cybersecurity field.
Through this program, students will gain competencies needed for their career, including:
Understand threat modeling methodologies and apply risk-based management concepts to the supply chain.
Dr. Joshua Nwokejinwokeji001@gannon.edu or (814) 871-7185
The program is offered entirely online, and typically includes completion of both the Cybersecurity Essentials Certificate and the Information Systems Security Certificate as part of completing the program. Each academic semester typically
consists of fourteen weeks with two courses offered in sequence. Most courses follow a 7-week on-line schedule, and are designed to meet or exceed Gannon’s online-course standards. It is anticipated that the courses in the program would be offered
in online sessions, no special requirements for either the students or instructors will be made. The courses are scheduled as regular online, 7-week courses. Courses requiring the use of lab equipment as part of their instructional model are taught
in with distributable software/licenses and/or simulations. Courses requiring these additional materials may include a modest course fee.
Gannon offers a discounted tuition rate to alumni, veterans, and employees of corporate partners. There is no cost or commitment for an employer to establish a corporate partnership with Gannon; the partnerships are simply utilized as a way to
build awareness for Gannon's online programs. If interested, we will simply request the name and email address of a contact in HR (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Candidates are asked to submit the following information to the Gannon University Office of Graduate Admissions:
Application materials may be submitted by email (email@example.com), 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:
Gannon’s online certificate programs can be completed within as little as one year each. Certificate credentials can be stacked and applied toward completing the master’s program, making it flexible and convenient for you to earn cyber credentials on
The graduate certificates may be completed independently or stacked toward a 30-credit Master of Science degree in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
MS-IAC is a 30-credit Master’s degree program:
Cybersecurity Essentials (12 credits):
Information Assurance (12 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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