George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

Information Security and Assurance, MS

Department of Computer Science

Nguyen Engineering Building, 4300
4400 University Drive, MS 4A5
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-1530


Program Overview

The Department of Computer Science’s MS degree in information security and assurance prepares graduates to fill the current and future need for information security and assurance professionals. Graduates work in a wide variety of capacities, protecting the information systems of different types of organizations and supporting the nation’s information infrastructure. Students are provided with general and technical knowledge and skills to understand the relationship between information security and advancing information systems technology. The program also provides a theoretical understanding of the science and methodologies for ensuring the secrecy and integrity of data, as well as the availability and legitimate use of data and information systems.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.


Graduates from the master’s program in Information Security and Assurance are actively recruited by federal, state and local governments, private sector and academia. Typical employers include Internet-based, software and financial companies.

This program satisfies the dual needs of preparing graduates to (1) fill the need for information security and assurance professionals to work in a wide variety of capacities to protect the information systems of different types of organizations, and to support the nation’s information infrastructure and (2) conducting advanced research and in information security and assurance. All classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening to accommodate employed students.

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