Graduate Certificate Program in Business Information Assurance (BIA)

The Graduate Certificate Program in Business Information Assurance (BIA) prepares students to perform critical activities needed to properly manage an organization's assets related to a wide range of information security / privacy threats. Training related to effective managerial methodologies has become increasingly important in planning for possible breaches of security and handling resulting problems. The program requires completion of 12 semester credit hours specified for this program. Current graduate students may pursue this program while also seeking an MSBA or MBA degree. Current MIS graduate students may be able to count all the certificate courses toward and MSBA degree, if approved by their Masters' advisor. Non-degree seeking graduate students must meet the admissions requirements of the University and College.

Admission Requirements

  1. Same as College and University requirements

  2. The certificate program in Business Information Assurance may be pursued concurrently with other graduate programs at the University of Memphis. To be approved for the program, students currently admitted to a graduate program at this University must complete an application form and submit it and a current graduate transcript to the Department of Management Information Systems for review.

  3. Non-degree seeking graduate students may also pursue this certificate program of study. To be approved for the program, these students must submit evidence of this non-degree-seeking graduate student status, along with the completed application form, to the Department of Management Information Systems for review.

  4. Admission to this certificate program is not an implied acceptance into any master's degree program in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics.

Program Requirements

BIA Certificate - imageStudents are required to take:

MIS 7455 - Cyber Ethics in IT ( COMP 7900 Cyber Ethics may be substituted
MIS 7670 - Information Security Management
MIS 7615 - Enterprise Network & Security

And take one of the following classes to complete the Certificate Program:

MIS 6160 - Mobile Application Development
MIS 7650 - Information System Global Enterprise
ACCT 7420 - Accounting Database / Systems

Please visit the Graduate Catalog website for more details.


Graduation Requirements

  1. To obtain the certificate, a student must complete all four of the required courses with an average grade of 3.0 (B) or higher, for a total of 12 credits.

  2. In the semester of graduation, the student must submit an Intent to Graduate form to the Graduate School and a Graduate Certificate Candidacy form to the College Director of Graduate Studies by the deadline specified by the Graduate School.

For all graduation requirements visit https://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/graduation.php

Course Descriptions

Please visit the Graduate Catalog website.

Contact Us

To apply or for more information, please contact:
Dr. Sandra Richardson - email
Phone:  901.678.4614

To apply, please visit the Graduate Admissions website