Information Assurance, MBA

Anderson School of Management

Program Description:

Information assurance (IA) is an interdisciplinary concentration combining specialized aspects of information systems and accounting. Information Assurance includes many areas of management beyond computer security including auditing, forensic accounting, organizational design, and policy and planning. As such, an MBA program is a natural "home" for an IA concentration. For more information about the IA concentration, visit

Anderson faculty members have developed a program that is unique in the country, if not the world, with the following characteristics and benefits to students:

  • An AACSB accredited program with an emphasis in the management of information security, fraud and forensic accounting and an interdisciplinary focus on behavioral problems in protecting information.
  • A designation from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a center of academic excellence in IA (CAEIA) that ensures to our students, peers and community that the program meets "the criteria which are designed to measure and recognize the depth and maturity of Information Assurance (IA) academic programs, and to stimulate the development of broad-ranging IA programs in order to meet the varying needs of the student population, including work force professionals, as well as the employment needs of government and industry".
  • A partnership with the FBI and its Regional Computer Forensics Lab (RCFL), housed at UNM, through training, and student internships and co-ops.
  • A partnership with the Department of Energy's first satellite office for the Center for Cyber Defenders through Sandia National Laboratories.
  • The Metro Law Enforcement Internship program designed for students to work with local white collar crime units.

Admission Requirements:

The minimum requirements for unconditional admission to the M.B.A. and M.Acct. are (1) a G.P.A. of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours of college course work including any post baccalaureate work; and (2) a score equal to or greater than 500 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or (2) a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score that is deemed to be greater than or equivalent to 500 on the GMAT using a conversion tool available from the Anderson School advisement office.

Domestic Students: For best consideration, application must be postmarked by:
Fall semester: April 1
Spring semester: October 1

International Student Application Deadline
Contact the UNM Global Education office.

Prospective applicants with questions concerning the curriculum or other matters are invited to write or contact the Anderson Graduate Programs Office, Anderson Graduate School of Management, MSC05 3090, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001. Telephone: (505) 277-3147, FAX: (505) 277-9356.

Contact Information:

Alessandro Seazzu: Director
(505) 277-6471

Steve Burd: Associate Director
(505) 277-6418

Rich Brody: Associate Director
(505) 277-7258