Information Assurance Concentration

Data is growing exponentially in our tech-powered world. Businesses, governments and nonprofits are vulnerable to cyberthreats. They need you to protect their digital assets.

Our universal reliance on an array of information channels makes the task of securing them a worldwide priority. Our information assurance concentration will provide the foundation you need for a career in digital information security, working with experts to identify and reduce risks.

By completing the information assurance concentration, you will also earn an advanced graduate certificate.  

Be Career Ready

  • Develop a strong, interdisciplinary information assurance foundation
  • Understand the technical, legal, socio-political and managerial issues of complex digital security issues
  • Master the principles needed to ensure effective and secure networks, operating systems, software and hardware
  • Develop skills in applied cryptography, critical infrastructure decision-making and object-oriented analysis and design
  • Become a leader in detecting system vulnerabilities and protecting sensitive data
  • Delve into digital forensics to gain skills in authenticating and analyzing digital evidence
  • Acquire leadership competencies to lead a diverse, cross-functional information technology team
Scholarships for Information Assurance Students

UB graduate students are eligible to receive an award up to $34,000 through the CyberCorps: Scholarships for Service program funded by the National Science Foundation.

Concentration Requirements

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Required Courses Second Year Electives

Select two of the following as electives:

MGS 640 and MGS 641 are 1.5 credit courses, therefore you must take both to count toward concentration.


  • 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

MGT 681 Intellectual Property

Other graduate course(s) may be approved by the faculty director as an elective.

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