Certificate in Information Assurance

ia certificate

With the demand for IT security professionals at an all-time high, UAHuntsville's Economics and Information Systems Department has created a graduate certificate program in Information Assurance. Learn how to:

  • Secure and defend networks
  • Recover from security failures
  • Use computer forensics
  • Manage data security

In addition to receiving a graduate certificate from UAHuntsville, students will also get training to help them prepare for tests that will qualify them for additional security certifications, such as Security+ and CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional). The Department of Defense now requires its Information Assurance personnel and those of contractors to hold certifications appropriate for the employee's position. Please see Department of Defense Directive 8570.1, Information Assurance Training, Certification, and Workforce Management, August 2004. Because it is a graduate program, credit hours earned in the information assurance program can also be applied toward a master's degree.

Offered at night to accommodate working professionals, courses in this program will focus on managerial and practical aspects of IT security. Students will use a wide variety of security software in a secure computer lab designed specifically for the IA program at UAHuntsville.


For additional information about the Information Assurance Certificate program at the UAHuntsville Business School, please call or contact:

Jennifer Pettitt
Phone: 256.824.6681


Information Assurance Courses

Courses (18 Hours)

Course Number Title Semester Hours
IS 501 Introduction to Information Systems Assurance 3 hrs.
* IS 560 Telecommunications and Networking 3 hrs.
IS 660 Information Security Management 3 hrs.
IS 663 Computer Forensics 3 hrs.
IS 670 Business Contingency Planning 3 hrs.
** IS 577 Network Defense and Operating Systems 3 hrs.
* CPE 548 will be accepted in lieu of IS 560
** CPE 549 and CPE 649 will be accepted in lieu of IS 577