Off-Campus Graduate Degrees/Distance Education

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Iowa State University offers the Master of Science in Information Assurance with thesis and without thesis, the Master of Engineering in Information Assurance and the Certificate in Information Assurance—all through the Engineering-LAS Online Learning (see


The admission requirements for students entering the program without work experience are the same as the requirement for computer engineers.  Students with three or more years of work experience, the GRE and GPA minimums may be waived. Students with an undergraduate degree in a non-computing field and have at least three years of work experience in an information technology field may be admitted to the Masters degree programs. Please contact Stacey Ross () with details of your work history and background information to find your best fit.


You may only take up to nine credits as a non-degree-seeking student (i.e. without applying to Iowa State University). You must apply to a degree program—Master of Science, Master of Engineering, Certificate—before you may take more than nine credits.

The application process may take several months. Plan accordingly, and apply early in the semester. Admission and application procedures can be found on the ISU Admissions website.