What will I learn?

The Information Assurance Certificate provides educational coursework in the areas of information assurance and data security. MSU is certified as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (IA) by the National Security Agency; the IA program of instruction has been certified by the Committee on National Security Standards (CNSS) against the National Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals—NSTISSI No. 4011 and the National Training Standard for Information Systems Security Officers (ISSO)—NSTISSI No. 4014. The curriculum for the certificate conforms to the Federal training standards in this area. A faculty member from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering’s Center for Computer Security Research (CCSR) will be appointed annually to administer the program. The certificate is jointly administered through the CCSR, the Dean of Engineering, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 15 hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,900.00 per year
Start date

18 January 2022


Mississippi State University

Starkville Campus, 25 Old Main,

101 Montgomery Hall,



39762, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have completion of Diploma from secondary school or secondary leaving examination.

English Language Proficiency

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum band score of 6.0.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum 525 for paper-based test, 197 for computer-based test, and 71 for Internet-based test
  • English portion of the ACT: minimum 19.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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