Information Assurance (IA) is an interdisciplinary field combining specialized aspects of computer science, computer engineering, information systems and accounting. Types of firms and organizations that hire many IA students include governments, law enforcement, national labs, financial services, Fortune 500 companies, and educational and healthcare organizations. To learn more about the Information Assurance program and opportunities at Anderson, please visit the Information Assurance Website.
Students can pursue IA as a stand-alone concentration or combine it with an Accounting or MIS concentration. Because of overlapping course requirements, students pursuing an Accounting or MIS concentration can typically complete a second concentration in IA with two or three additional courses. Students intending to pursue a dual concentration need to plan their studies in advance and coordinate the plan with both concentration advisors.
There are no formal concentration prerequisites though some concentration classes have individual prerequisites. Students taking advanced accounting classes need at least one accounting course (typically MGMT 540) beyond the required MBA core. Students taking MGMT 637 need at least an introductory exposure to computer programming which can be demonstrated by completing CS 152L, MGMT 330, or an equivalent course. Students need to complete MGMT 636 before taking MGMT 639 (Advanced IS Security). Applicable work experience may suffice in lieu of course prerequisites. Speak with the program advisor if you have specific questions about prerequisites.
Download the checklist for MBA students that is appropriate for you based on your start semester. Please use this worksheet as a guide to satisfy your graduation requirements. Check off the courses as you complete them to keep track of your progress.
The Information Assurance Concentration falls within the Department of Marketing, Information Systems, Information Assurance, and Operations Management (MIDS). For more information on this department, including contact information for the department chair, please visit the MIDS Department Website.