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Press Release


July 22, 2014


(Albuquerque, NM) Beginning in January the Anderson School of Management will offer a Master of Science in Information Systems and Assurance (MS-ISA), a new degree program for students with computer-related undergraduate degrees from management, computer science, and engineering.

The new program, the first of its kind in the state, was approved July 17 by the New Mexico Board of Finance lead by Governor Susana Martinez. The MS-ISA degree prepares students for advanced career positions in information systems development, system administration, computer and network security, data analytics, forensic investigations, and IT auditing. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor show job opportunities in many of these areas are growing faster than average with salaries ranging from $70,000 - $120,000.

Dr. Stephen Burd, MS-ISA Director, says that the MS-ISA at UNM is unique in that students can mix and match courses to focus on one technology area or combine courses from multiple areas to best match their career objectives.

"An employer focus group provided key input to the program design," says Dr. Burd. "They wanted strong technical content combined with focused managerial and communication skills – tailored to fit individual students. The MS-ISA program delivers what students and employers need."

In addition to flexible requirements, the MS-ISA program’s management core is smaller than a typical MBA core, a feature that should attract more students with undergraduate computer science and computer engineering degrees. The program can be completed online though students able to attend face-to-face courses will have a wider course selection.

Dr. Craig White, Interim Dean, says it is important for UNM Anderson to provide sufficient technical depth to ensure program graduates are competitive for a wide variety of jobs in the local and national job markets.

"Information systems and assurance professionals are needed in all economic sectors," said Dr. White. "This program provides our students with the flexibility to develop the skills necessary to be qualified for a wide array of job opportunities."

For detailed information about the MS-ISA program at UNM Anderson visit: The application for the spring semester is now available online at


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.