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Information Assurance and Security, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
You know that information is a valuable commodity, and that the protection of information is a rapidly expanding field. The Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security degree prepares you for a professional career in commercial, industrial and governmental information assurance.


After graduating, you will utilize knowledge and methods to ensure the protection of corporate information resources, be able to effectively harden and secure network systems, prevent network damage, perform risk assessment and plan for disaster recovery. This degree is open to you if you have completed an undergraduate Computer Science or Management Information Systems major or minor, or if you have a baccalaureate degree in a related technical field and appropriate professional experience.

Why choose the SHSU Information Assurance and Security M.S. Program?

  • Career Networking. Learn alongside students who typically hold a bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences, Management Information Systems, or another quantitative area.
  • Earning Potential: Qualify for a pay increase for earning this advanced degree.


Sam Houston State University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Computing Science has been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Operating System Security
  • Database Security
  • Organizational System Security
  • Business Continuity Management
  • Principle and Policy in Information Assurance
  • Directed Management and Development Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • International student applications should be completed and received no later than 90 days before the beginning of the initial semester of enrollment
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  • Up-to-date Resume
  • Official GRE scores
  • Two letters of recommendation that address the applicant's qualification for graduate study
  • Admission preference is given to applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 
  • GRE Waiver Requests:
  • In order obtain a waiver of the GRE score requirements, applicants must have either an awarded M.S. degree from an accredited institution of higher education, or  5+ years of full-time relevant work experience beyond the baccalaureate degree.

                    Getting a Student Visa

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                    Tuition Fee

                    • International

                      12012 USD/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 6006 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
                    • National

                      12012 USD/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 6006 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
                    • In-State

                      10698 USD/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 5349 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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