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Information Assurance Major BAS

This BAS program is designed to build on specific, related, AAS programs offered primarily by technical colleges. Therefore this BAS is only available to students who have completed specific related AAS programs approved by an official articulation agreement between Metropolitan State and the college offering the AAS degree.

The Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency (NSA) have designated Metropolitan State University a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. The Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education Programs are intended to promote higher education opportunities in information assurance to increase the number of professionals with information assurance expertise in various disciplines. Visit the Centers of Excellence for additional information.

Information assurance (IA) is the practice of managing risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data and the systems and processes used for those purposes. While focused predominantly on information in digital form, the full range of IA encompasses not only digital, but also analog or physical business related risks.

Acceptance to the Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Information Assurance major, students must submit a College of Management Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when the following is completed:

  • The approved AAS degree specified in the approved articulation agreement
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher in AAS
  • COM Foundation Courses with a grade of C-, S or better (see below)

The COM Foundation Courses are prerequisites for many upper division College of Management courses. Completing these courses early in your program will help you succeed and have the most valuable experience in other College of Management courses.


The degree requirements have five components:

  1. General Education and Liberal Studies

    Students in degree programs at Metropolitan State University must complete while at the university, or transfer to the university, a number of courses to meet general education and liberal studies requirements. View General Education and Liberal Studies (GELS) for Metropolitan State University. Completion of an AAS does not satisfy MnTC or Metropolitan State University's General Education Liberal Studies Requirement.

    The following three courses are recommended GELS courses to be used towards Goal V or Liberal studies.

  2. COM Foundation Courses 

    To complete this BAS in 120 credits you must successfully complete MIS 100, MATH 115 and STAT 201, or equivalent courses as part of your AAS degree.

  3. Business Core Courses

  4. Required Courses

  5. Capstone Course (choose one of the following)

* Free waiver examinations are available for "testing out" of these courses. Contact your advisor or the College of Management Advising Center for information.

College of Management Double Major Policy

Students may combine any two majors in the College of Management as a double major as long as there are at least 24 upper division semester credits of coursework in the second major that do not overlap the first major. Both majors must be completed at the time of graduation.