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Master of Science in Management Information Systems with concentration in Information Assurance

The Master of Science in Management Information Systems with concentration in Information Assurance (MSIA) program is designed to develop skilled and principled information technology professionals who can add value to the systems problem solving process and advance the information technology practice. The program prepares students for professional careers in information security and other related information technology fields. In particular, students are equipped to be security analysts, designers, auditors or managers, with an appropriate range of knowledge and skills to develop and manage a company’s or institution’s security architectures, standards, policies and programs.     

The specific skills you will acquire in the MSMIS (IA degree option) include:

  • Design, implement, maintain, diagnose and audit information systems under the principles of high security and integrity.
  • Mastery of the knowledge and skills required in contemporary systems security and be able to keep them up-to-date through self-study.
  • Conduct applied research in Information Assurance areas, for providing solution to problems found in this field.
  • Secure computers and networks from hacker attacks, malicious code, espionage or natural disasters, and detect potential threats.
  • Protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data and their delivery systems, whether the data are in storage, in process or in transit.

The IA curriculum, which is driven by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) 4011 standards and the IT Security Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK) – a competency and functional framework for IT security workforce development, is a major factor in the recognition of Bowie State University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAE/IAE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The program also enables BRAC-affected personnel to acquire the knowledge and skills essential for developing organizational standards, managing current policies, and analyzing emerging issues in information threat management. The MSIA program is developed with support of the grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The Department of Management Information Systems at Bowie State University, with the technical assistance of the Division of Information Technology, offers this program geared towards many jobs involved in the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process that deal with information security issues.

Foundation Courses (9 credits)

INSS 615 - Principles & Practices of Information Systems Development*

INSS 640 - Information Systems Analysis & Design*

INSS 650 - Database Management & Decision Systems*


Core Courses (18 Credits)

INSS 735 – Information Systems Security*

INSS 783 – Internet and Network Security*

INSS 781 – Computer and Cyber Forensics*

INSS 789 – Applied Cryptography*

INSS 790 – Applied Research Project in Information Assurance

INSS 887 – Emerging Issues in Information Security Management

*Courses recommended to be completed before attempting the comprehensive examination in IA Concentration (INSS 799).


Elective Courses (9 credits)

Database and Web Security Track

INSS 750 – Database and Distributed Systems Security

INSS 773 – Digital Business Security

INSS 786 – Information Privacy and Security


Information Assets Track

INSS 765 – Information Measures

INSS 778 – Information Security Risk Management

INSS 779 – Advanced Information Assurance


Network Security Track

INSS 777 – Advanced Information and Network Security

INSS 770 – Auditing, Monitoring, and Intrusion Detection

INSS 787– Wireless Security


Andrew Mangle, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems,
Coordinator of the Master of Science in MIS programs
College of Business, Bowie State University
14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, MD 20715


1. This program is one of the reasons why BSU is recognized as the National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAE/IAE) by NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). For information, see at

2. The courses in this program are certified by Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS): 4011 and 4013 certifications.


National Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, dated 20 June 1994


National Information Assurance Training Standard For System Administrators (SA), dated March 2004


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