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Information Assurance Certificate Program

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security has designated Louisiana Tech University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Systems Security Education. This designation covers academic years 2011 through 2016.

Information Assurance (IA) curriculum is certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) using Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011 guidelines, CNSSI-4012 (National Information Assurance Training Standard for Senior Systems Managers). CNSSI-4016 (National Information Assurance Training Standard for Risk Analysts).

These IA courses will develop your skills for positions in systems and network security. Learn to detect, report, and resolve cyber threats. Course content also covers the use of code encryption to securely pass information between systems, building and using secure audio and video communications equipment, developing tamper protection products, and providing trusted information solutions. Students master the skills of assessing, auditing evaluation, testing network and systems security, and conducting forensic investigations. Students also learn how to perform information systems risk analysis and plan for disaster recovery and business continuity.

The following courses map to the NSTISSI No. 4011 guidelines. Follow this link for specific Louisiana Tech 4011 course mapping; follow this link for specific Louisiana Tech 4012 course mappings. Follow this link for specific Louisiana Tech 4016 course mappings. To meet the requirements of 4011, students must complete four of the five courses listed in the following IA Course Sequence. Students must have an approved equivalent and the consent of the instructor to proceed in the IA Course sequence. The detailed example course syllabi and course descriptions are provided by following the links within the IA Course Sequence. (Print an Information Assurance Certificate Brochure)

Certificate Course Listing    
CIS 521 Introduction to Information Assurance **
CIS 522: Incident Response and Computer Forensics
CIS 523 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
CIS 524: Information Systems Assurance Risk Analysis

** CIS 521 is a prerequisite for the other IA courses. There are no other prerequisite requirements for the courses.

Requirements and Registration
You need only a bachelor's degree. The GRE or GMAT is not required to enroll in the Certificate program. To enroll, you must complete a Graduate School application (, pay the application fee, and provide an official copy of a baccalaureate degree-posted transcript, with the understanding you are not admitted to the graduate degree program but enrolling in a non-degree category. If you are seeking the IA certificate, please indicate so on the application. You must have a minimum of a 2.25 (4.0 system) grade point average on all work attempted or 2.50 on the last 60 hours attempted. Once admitted, you must earn a 3.0 or better each quarter of registration. Upon completion you will receive a graduate certificate and 12 hours of graduate credit. The courses will be offered on campus at Ruston and on Barksdale Air Force Base. Contact the Graduate Programs office for the schedule of offerings.

Graduation Reguirements
In order to receive the graduate certificate in Information Assurance students must complete CIS 521 (prerequisite to all other IA courses) and three (3) additional IA courses (select from the certificate course listing shown on this page). It takes a total of 12 credit hours to graduate with the Information Assurance Certificate.

MBA Concentration in Information Assurance
The IA courses may also be used as a concentration for the MBA degree. For this option, you must be admitted to the MBA program. This may be done before or after the IA sequence is completed. Visit our web page for information on the MBA with an Information Assurance Concentration.

ACCT 505 Accounting Analysis for Decision Making
CIS 510 Information Resource Management
ECON 510 Managerial Economics
FINC 515 Financial Management
MGMT 510 Contemporary Management
MKTG 530 Marketing Management
BUSN 501 Global Perspectives in Management
MGMT 595 Administrative Policy
Core MBA

For more information, contact:

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
Dr. Douglas Amyx