School of Computer Information Systems

Master of Science in Information Assurance

Learn the Exciting World of Cyber Security & Computer Forensics

The explosion of computer hackers and cyber threats in the private and public sectors have made information assurance and cyber security leading fields in information technology. Stratford University is in tuned with industry concerns and demand for employees with the technical skills and knowledge to combat such threats.

Stratford’s Master of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) program can equip you with the skill sets that employers are seeking. If you are currently an IT manager or professional, our MSIA program will help you build the knowledge base needed to protect an organization's information assets through computer security.

Our program will equip you with a practical understanding of the principles of data protection, IT security, and computer forensics. In addition, you will examine ethical, legal, and policy issues associated with IT security. Upon completion of Stratford’s Information Systems Program, you will have a strong understanding of both business and technology concepts that will help you assume the role Information assurance and data security specialists in the government, private sector, or academia.

A Rewarding Career is Waiting For You

Our talented Career Services staff has an excellent track record in helping students overcome barriers to landing their dream job. As a result, between 2011 and 2012, 100% of graduates with a M.S. in Information Assurance secured exciting jobs in their field of study or a related field. In fact, many top corporations employ our alumni, including Capitol One, Best Buy, Elephant Auto Insurance, Mondial, and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Here is a sampling of the rewarding career paths waiting for you:

  • Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software
  • Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Tester
  • Computer Software Engineer, Applications
  • Computer Systems Analyst

Take the next step towards advancing your career in Information Assurance. Contact us to learn how to get started.

Program Requirements and Online Options

You can complete your Master of Science in Information Assurance through classroom instruction at one of our Virginia campuses, through online instruction, or a combination of both online and classroom instruction.

Credits Required Number of Classes
Core Component 27 6
Electives 27 6
Total Required for Graduation 54 12

Best-in-Class Faculty

Stratford’s faculty is comprised of the some of the top leaders in the computer field, both in the private and public sectors. All members of our faculty have earned a Master’s degree or a Ph.D. and have extensive industry experience from a broad range of technical professionals. In addition to leading instruction at Stratford, our faculty is comprised of practitioners in the field of information technology. With their expertise, they are equipped to teach underlying business theories, and are in tune with the skill sets and competencies required in the job market.

Our faculty members possess industry experience and research interests in the following areas:

  • Information Technology
  • Information Systems
  • Databases
  • Data Mining
  • Software Development
  • Mobile Development
  • Networking
  • Cybersecurity 

Capstone Projects

As CIS student at Stratford, you will have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned through the completion of a capstone project. Capstone courses allow you the opportunity to pull together and build upon what you have learned in separate fields and then utilize this knowledge in the analysis and resolution of a complex business problem. These projects provide you with real world experience as you will interact with and present your projects to professionals business and academic communities.

The following are Capstone Projects completed by CIS students:

  • Student Registration System
  • Stratford Mobile Application
  • Scheduling Forecasting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Tracking Local Restaurants
  • Facial Recognition
  • Web Sites


You are encouraged to engage in internships during your course of study. Master’s students can participate in internships in their first quarter of enrolling with Stratford. F1 students can participate in Curricular Practical Training (CPT) at the beginning of their programs once enrolled in a Master’s program.

State-of the-Art Learning Environments

Stratford offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including computer labs that provide the perfect environment for examining the latest software and computer technologies. Our small class sizes allow you to enjoy low student-to-teacher ratios, which encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing between instructors and students. In addition, all classrooms are equipped with computers and are ideal for hands-on lab activities.

A Masters Program that Fits Your Busy Schedule

Stratford offers the convenience of flexible course schedules as well as full and part-time programs. Residential classes are offered day, evening, and weekends to accommodate your busy schedule. All residential classes are blended with a portion of the course delivered online to reduce the time in the classroom. You can complete a class in five or 10 weeks and start your program five times a year (January, March, May, August, and September). The accelerated programs at Stratford University allow students to finish a Bachelor’s degree in 30 months or a Master’s degree in 15 months.

Scheduling flexibility contributes tremendously to student success. Between 2011 and 2012, 100% of full-time students who graduated with a Master of Science in Information Assurance completed the program on time.

Visit Student Disclosures to obtain tuition & fees for this program, graduation and employment rates, and other student consumer information on Stratford’s M.S. in Information Assurance program.

Code Name Credits
Software Engineering
Quantitative Foundations for Telecommuni
Network Security
Issues & Trends in Software Engineering
Information Assurance Capstone
Research Methods

Students are required to complete 27 elective quarter credits (6 courses). In conjunction with an academic advisor, students will choose from the list of departmental elective courses to fulfill the elective requirements. Other elective options may be available with the approval of the Program Dean or faculty advisor.

Code Name Credits
Applied Cryptography
Database Security
Advanced Network Security
Secure E-Commerce
Secure Software Verification & Validatn
Intrusion Technologies and Defenses
Authentication Technologies and Standard
Wireless Security
Operating System Security
Computer Forensics
Disaster Recovery & Bus. Continuity Plan
Threat and Vulnerability Management
Risk Assessment and Management
Auditing and Incident Response
Security Leadership and Management
Project Management
Curricular Practical Training