Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Earn a degree from a designated NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, and help protect the world’s computing and information systems infrastructure.

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The Master of Science in Cybersecurity 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 online cyber security degree 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 Admission Requirements
All students who seek to enroll in the MS-CSIA program must interview with the Faculty Advisor noted above prior to enrolling in the first course of the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Devise a mitigation plan against both external and internal vulnerabilities to enterprise computer infrastructures and sensitive digital assets.
  • Analyze and evaluate multiple risk assessment methods and strategies.
  • Compare and contrast the legal and ethical aspects of cybersecurity at the Federal, State, and International level.
  • Assess and summarize the legal and ethical requirements of a cyber security professional.
  • Integrate project management skills to produce a cybersecurity solution.
  • Evaluate the results of a security assessment to assess the security status of a network or computer system.
  • Conduct in-depth research into a specific CSIA topic, including finding and integrating relevant research results of others.
  • Integrate systems-level-infrastructure thinking into CSIA problem identification and resolution, and effectively communicate the solution


To obtain the Master of Science in Cybersecurity, students must complete 58.5 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 9 core requirements and choose an Area of Specialization. Please refer to the graduate admissions requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.
Core Requirements (9 Courses; 40.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Requirements for the Specializations (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
    All students must choose one Specialization defined below: