Master of Science with Creative Component

Master of Science with Creative Component

Off-campus students may complete a creative component as a part of the Master of Science in Information Assurance program. The creative component is a demonstration of the student’s independent work. The student will present their creative component as a written and oral report.


The basic prerequisite for admission to this program is a baccalaureate degree in engineering, mathematics, computer science, management information systems, political science or closely related field.

The GRE examination may be required based on the student’s background. Students with baccalaureate degrees in physical sciences, statistics or other related fields will be considered on an individual basis, possibly with provisional admission.

Students applying to the distance education program will select Information Assurance as the major on the ISU online admission application form.


Additional Information

The home department for off-campus students Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the program consists of 27 course credits. Three credits of the program are creative work (CPR E 599). Students research a chosen topic, upon approval from the professor.

Students admitted into a Master of Science degree are required to secure a committee appointment and create a Program of Study. The committee appointment includes three faculty members: professor of the major, a faculty member within the area of study and a faculty member from outside the area of study. The Program of Study Committee advises the student to take specific electives and determines the acceptability of transfer credits. The Committee Appointment and the Program of Study must be submitted to the Graduate College by the deadline and approved in the semester before the Final Oral Examination. Additional information, deadlines and instructions are located on the Graduate College website.