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Master of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance

Lead Faculty: Mr. Christopher Simpson

The Master of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance is a professional degree for those who endeavor through technical and managerial measures to ensure the security, confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, control, availability and utility of the world's computing and information systems infrastructure. The program has a required core and a required specialization which can be selected from some alternatives. The core is designed to provide a means of supporting the variety of backgrounds (both education and work experience) that those who wish to study this area may bring to the program. The core is also a statement of the knowledge domain that is common to most efforts in this area. The specializations provide for study in particular domains of knowledge within the field - which are also tied to communities of effort within the field.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate the interaction and relative impact of human factors, processes and technology in CSIA infrastructures.
  2. Devise a mitigation plan against both external and internal vulnerabilities to enterprise computer infrastructures and sensitive digital assets.
  3. Support multiple risk assessment strategies and processes to maximize effectiveness and minimize costs of CSIA in a high assurance information system.
  4. Integrate systems-level-infrastructure thinking into CSIA problem identification and resolution, and effectively communicate the solution.
  5. Differentiate among the models, architectures, challenges and global legal constraints of secure electronic commerce technologies used to ensure transmission, processing and storage of sensitive information.
  6. Prescribe how to provide message privacy, integrity, authentication and non-repudiation using network security practices and infrastructure hardening techniques.
  7. Evaluate and contrast the impact of diverse ethical perspectives, cultural customs and organizational political dynamics on CSIA.
  8. Assess, from both a national and global perspective, the relative demands of Internet-openness, legislation and law-enforcement, and individual right-to-privacy.
  9. Forecast the impact of continually advancing technology and national and international cyber-legislation on CSIA.
  10. Conduct in-depth research into a specific CSIA topic, including finding and integrating relevant research results of others.
  11. Generate critical thinking in analysis and synthesis of enterprise and global CSIA issues through effective individual and team graduate-level written and oral assignments.
  12. Integrate project development skills in producing a security system.


To obtain the Master of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance, students must complete 54 graduate units. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another regionally accredited institution, as it applies to this degree, and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. All students must complete the 8 core requirements and choose an Area of Specialization. Please refer to the graduate admissions requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.

Core Requirements (8 Courses, 36 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Requirements for the Specializations (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
    All students must choose one Specialization defined below:


Program Information

Online Education

This program is available online.