Course and Curriculum

Each student's plan of study is potentially unique and approved by either a graduate studies committee or an academic department head. Visit with your advisor about your specific plan. Graduate students should visit the Watson Graduate School of Management for additional details about degrees and certificate programs.


Graduate Coursework in Information Assurance

CTANS offers a 15-credit hour Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance, drawing on the expertise of faculty from Oklahoma State University's Spears School of Business, the Computer Science department in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Electrical Engineering department of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.

Multiple degree programs at OSU may have concentration or emphases in information assurance, including the MS in Computer Science, the MS in Electrical Engineering, the MS in Management and Information Systems, and the MS in Telecommunications Management.


Earning the GCIA requires 15 credit hours of classes covering telecommunications technology; trends, both technical and regulatory, in the industry; and management and security of telecommunications systems. These same courses are the basis for the graduate option in Information Assurance for both MS in MIS and MSTM programs:


Required Courses
TCOM 5123 Telecommunications Systems: The Upper Layers
Common Electives - minimum 12 credit hours
TCOM 5012 Telecommunications Laboratory
MSIS 5213 Information Assurance Management
MSIS 5233 Applied Information Systems Security
MSIS 5243 Information Technology Forensics
MSIS 5253 Advanced System Certification and Accreditation
MSIS 5273 Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Technology


Graduate Course Descriptions

MSIS 5213* Information Assurance Management

A broad investigation of the elements of information assurance and security with an emphasis on the management impact to corporations and businesses engaged in information services and electronic commerce. Students should come away from the course with the ability to advise management on the risks and mitigation for all types of threats to information and privacy.

MSIS 5233* Applied Information Systems Security

Prerequisite(s): MSIS 5223. An investigation into the various technical aspects of attacking, and of guarding against attacks and failures in various types of information systems. Course content may vary but includes computer, network, and data protection technologies (e.g., firewalls, packet filters, proxy servers, user authentication and validation techniques, encryption, backup methodologies, system and component redundancies, etc.). Various threats and attack methods examined.

MSIS 5243* Information Technology Forensics

Prerequisite(s): MSIS 5223*. Review of systems for vulnerabilities and analysis of systems that have been breached. This course will cover the many related issues and have a heavy hands-on component.

MSIS 5253* Advanced System Certification and Accreditation

Prerequisite(s): MSIS 5223*. Preparing information systems for operational status requires significant planning and sound execution. Covers the key components of the certification and accreditation process, including risk assessment and mitigation, system security analysis, controls and system documentation.

MSIS 5263* Information Assurance Offense

Prerequisite(s): MSIS 5223*, MSIS 5233 and graduate coordinator permission. Learning successful computer attacks so as to recognize and apply appropriate security controls for system vulnerabilities.

MSIS 5273* Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Technology

Reviews the current status of information systems law in regard to rights of privacy, freedom of information, confidentiality, work product protection, copyright, security, legal liability, ethical issues and a range of additional legal and information policy topics.

MSIS 5283* Secure Information Systems Administration

Prerequisite(s): MSIS 5223* and graduate coordinator permission. Introduction to basic concepts and technologies relevant to secure information systems administration. The topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to, operating system (OS) hardening, securing servers, network protection, and various access control mechanisms.

MSIS 5293* Information Assurance Capstone

Prerequisite(s): Final semester in program; graduate coordinator permission. This capstone course takes a strategic view of corporate information assurance. The goal is to provide an overarching view of an information assurance program to include physical, personnel, operational, and cyber security, including the underlying legislation and Federal and state regulations that drive corporate IA programs and policy.


TCOM 5012 Telecommunications Laboratory

Prerequisite: TCOM 5123-Telecommunications Systems: The Upper Layers, or concurrent enrollment in TCOM 5123 and instructor consent. This hands-on course will familiarize students with the hardware used to move voice, data, and video traffic.


TCOM 5123 Telecommunications Systems: The Upper Layers
Applied technical coverage of selected topics from the upper layers of the OSI model. The emphasis is on the Network and Transport layers, using TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, and Mete, as well as security issues and other multi-layer protocol suites. Other topics include flow control, RSVP, encryption, compression, and LAN/WAN applications.