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Top 15 Information Assurance Programs in 2021

April 30, 2021 | Staff Writers

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1. Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia AR

Southern Arkansas’ all-encompassing program for Bachelor of Computer Science in CyberSecurity and Privacy study bridges the gap between cybersecurity prevention and neutralization. Through hands-on training and coursework, candidates get the full picture of information assurance and design compliant privacy systems.

  • Tuition: $214
  • Credits: 120
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

2. Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an option in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance from Cameron University allows graduates to explore many areas of the information technology field. Courses in this option include Computer Forensics, Information Assurance Networking, Commerce and Web Security, and Security Architecture.

  • Tuition: $215
  • Credits: 120
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

3. Missouri State University, Springfield MO

The Bachelor of Information Technology with Cybersecurity Track at the University of Missouri prepares graduates to enter the industry from any direction, whether in information assurance, forensics, or compliance. The university’s state of the art IT infrastructure and cybersecurity lab allows students to delve into real-world case studies with professors who have work in all aspects of the industry.

  • Tuition: $228
  • Credits: 120
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

4. Dakota State University, Madison South Dakota

The Beacom Institute of Technology is recognized as one of the country’s premier cybersecurity and privacy assurance institutions.

Graduates that earn a Bachelor of Network and Security Administration from Dakota State are adept at implementing information assurance, penetration testing, firewalls to create secure network systems. In possession of highly sought-after skills in security analysis and vulnerability assessment, graduates of this program have a leg up in their job search.

  • Tuition: $251.35
  • Credits: 120
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

5. University of Illinois, Springfield, IL

The Information Systems Security Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois prepares graduates to enter the workforce with a full understanding of the design and implementation of secure systems, security assessment, ethics of the industry. Students learn through equal parts coursework and practical hands-on activity in cutting-edge on-campus labs.

  • Tuition: $289
  • Credits: 120
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

6. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints make up the majority of the student body at BYU. While people of all faiths and backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program, the cost is nearly double for candidates not subsidized by the church. In this program, students learn through real-world experience how information assurance grows from the ethical design, implementation, and constant evaluation of secure networks.

  • Tuition: $315
  • Credits: 120
  • Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

7. Baker College, Allen Park, MI

Baker College is one of few that offer a directed concentration in information assurance. The narrowed Bachelor of Science Information Systems (Concentration in Assurance Specialist) program is ideal for students aiming for a career in assurance, with less interest in other aspects of cybersecurity. Led by industry experts, the BS in Information Systems, Assurance Specialist concentration program promotes learning through hands-on internships and lab work.

  • Tuition: $415
  • Credits: 120
  • Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

8. Augusta State University, Augusta, GA

Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity from ASU will prepare graduates entering the workforce with up to date techniques for designing and implementing secure information systems. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have recognized this program as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).

  • Tuition: $747
  • Credits: 120
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

9. Davenport University, Grand Rapids MI

The Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Defense curriculum at Davenport University gives students the option to focus on either Information Assurance or Health Care Information Assurance. In either case, education is well-rounded, with an equal emphasis placed on both the business and technological perspectives. Upon graduation, students enter the workforce with a complete understanding of proactivity and reactivity in the security sector.

  • Tuition: $805
  • Credits: 120
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

10. Capitol Technology University, Laurel, MD

Another program recognized by the NSA as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE)is the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity at Capitol Tech. This program readies students to attain entry-level positions doing everything from protecting consumer data to safeguard our nation’s most valuable information. Through in-depth coursework and the availability of various internships, students gain skills and insights into digital forensics, information assurance, and penetration testing.

Tuition: $846

Credits: 120

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

10. Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

Fort Hays offers a BS in Information Networking and Telecommunications, Concentration: Computer Networking and Telecommunications with Information Assurance Emphasis. This degree gives students a very narrow specialization while at the same time providing a general overview of all aspects of cybersecurity. It is ideal for candidates that wish to focus on the intricacies of prevention. With this BS, graduates are prepared to credential as Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), and the program is modeled after the National Security Agency training standards. Alumni of this program are currently working at Cisco, Sprint, Berbee Information Networks, and Nex-Tech.

Tuition: $181

Credits: 124

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

12. Our Lady of Lake University, San Antonio, TX

With a Bachelor in Computer Information Systems and Security (CISS)from Our Lady of Lake University, graduates have the skills and know-how to develop and manage computer networks’ security in a variety of public and private sectors. The curriculum is modeled after the federal government’s standards for the training and development of cybersecurity professionals.

Tuition: $967 per credit

Credits: 120

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

13. Bellevue University, Bellevue Nebraska

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program at Bellevue covers all aspects of network security. Candidates with little to no experience in the field appreciate that the curriculum covers all of the basics before permitting them to customize their degree with electives and internship opportunities. Necessary skills such as programming using C#, Linux, cryptography, web and commerce security, intelligence, and counterintelligence are covered in the core curriculum.

  • Tuition: $299
  • Credits: 127
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

14. Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

The Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations from Penn State prepares students to engage in occupations focused on cyber-defense techniques. Interdisciplinary study, integral to success in the cybersecurity field, is encouraged, and students incorporate skills from such disciplines as statistics, human behavior, government policy, law, and management science.

Tuition: $747

Credits: 126

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

15. Lewis University, Romeoville, IL

Lewis University offers a Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity that includes in-depth coursework on designing security protections and implementing monitoring services for information assurance. Students are taught to anticipate criminal behavior, identify potential weaknesses in networks, and create defense methods against cyber-attack and corruption.

Tuition: $1025

Credits: 128

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Our Ranking Methodology

Most undergraduate Information Assurance Degree fall under the more broad title of a cybersecurity degree. For this list, we included only programs with assurance specific coursework and attributed a point system, ranking each program, one through 15, based on tuition and credits required.

We encourage school representatives to reach out to us to clarify any of the above information or to request a review of a particular program.

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