Information Assurance Concentration

The Information Assurance (IA) concentration equips you with a comprehensive understanding of the many facets of information assurance and security.

The program provides coursework that gives you a broad overview of the interdisciplinary aspects of information assurance as well as specialized training in a chosen discipline.

In the MBA program, you must complete 15 credits of IA coursework - three credits common to IA students, six credits defined by the track, and six credits of interdisciplinary electives. This program structure ensures that you will gain the necessary IA foundation while giving you the freedom to tailor the curriculum to your interests.

At present, there are four UB disciplines participating in the program: Computer Science and Engineering, the School of Management, Mathematics and the School of Law. A university-issued IA certificate will provide you with recognition of this training. You will then enter the workforce with an expertise in IA, better prepared to meet the needs of our increasingly technological society. For insight on the need for information assurance experts see, Cyber Weapons: The New Arms Race on Bloomberg Business.

Concentration Requirements

First Year

  • Fall Semester
    • MBA Core - 15 credits
  • Spring Semester
    • MBA Core - 10 credits
    • Electives - 3-6 credits

Second Year

  • Fall semester
    • MGS 650 Information Assurance - 3 credits
    • Electives and/or Internship - 9 credits
    • Concentration Elective from list below* - 3 credits
  • Spring semester
    • MGO 642 Integration of Business Functions - 1 credit
    • MGO 644 Business Practice - 1 credit
    • MGS 659 Seminar in Electronic Commerce - 3 credits
    • MGS 651 Management of Computer Networks - 3 credits
    • Elective from list below* - 3 credits
    • Electives - 3-6 credits
  • *Select two of the following as electives:
    • CSE 510 Intelligent Agents in E-Commerce
    • CSE 512 Operating Systems Internals
    • CSE 527 Modern Computer Systems
    • CSE 530 Computer Communications
    • CSE 516 E-Commerce Technology
    • CSE 605 Advanced Concepts in Programming Language
    • CSE 616 Multi-agent Systems
    • LAW 858 Technology and Intellectual Property Colloquium
    • LAW 933 Intellectual Property and the Internet: Cyber Piracy
    • MTH 529/530 Introduction to the Theory of Numbers I/II
    • MTH 567 Stream Ciphers
    • MGS 610 Digital Forensics
    • MGS 613 Database Management Systems
    • MGS 614 Systems Analysis and Design
    • MGT 681 Intellectual Property
    • MGA 643 Fraud Prevention and Detection

Information Assurance Demand Today

With the rapid growth of the Internet and, in turn, the creation of numerous new information channels, the task of securing these channels has become an industry-wide priority. However, the lack of professionals with the skills to tackle these complex security issues is clearly evident. The University at Buffalo has established this concentration to fill this void.

Management Science and Systems Faculty