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Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Specialization Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Secure & Protect Critical Data

If you’re looking for your next career step, information assurance and cybersecurity is growing fast and is in need of skilled professionals. In fact, 84 percent of cybersecurity postings specify at least a bachelor’s degree.*

Capella’s online bachelor’s in information technology, information assurance and cybersecurity degree prepares you to fill the skills gap in the cybersecurity field and can help you play an important role in the infrastructure that supports commerce, banking, telecommunications, health care, and national security.  

*SOURCE: Burning Glass Technologies, Job Market Intelligence: Cybersecurity Jobs, 2015, www.burning-glass.com/wp-content/uploads/Cybersecurity_Jobs_Report_2015.pdf . Multiple factors, including age, experience, and field, affect career advancement. Capella does not guarantee a job, salary, or other career outcome

What to Expect

  • Online
  • FlexPath Available
  • 8-15 General Education Courses
  • 15 Core Courses
  • 9 Specialization Courses
  • 5-9 Elective Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start Soon

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admissions Requirements » | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Protect Business Systems

Design technical strategies that can help reduce risk to an organization’s information assets. 

Plan for What Can Happen

Learn how to conduct business-impact analyses and disaster-recovery plans.

Minimize an Organization’s Risk

Gain the knowledge to design secure network architecture for an organization.

Assess Information Breaches

Balance risk and benefits associated with information assets.

Maintain High Standards

Promote information assurance and cybersecurity professional ethics, policies, laws, and regulations.

Evaluate Security Policies

Validate accuracy and integrity of information assets through audit, management, and models.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Free Exam Vouchers

Gain skills and knowledge to take these certification exams: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Project+.

NSA Digital Badge

Earn a badge on the way to your BS IT-IAC degree to illustrate your mastery and skills in information assurance and cybersecurity.

Already Have Your CISSP® Certification?

Your Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification gives you the opportunity to save up to $11,820 on your BS in IT degree*.

*Savings inclusive of fees charged by Capella to evaluate and award academic credit for your prior learning. The documented credit fee of $50 is assessed each quarter you request documented credit. Capella reserves the right to change fees at any time.

Experience practical, hands-on learning

Our safe, interactive virtual lab environment allows you to develop skills by practicing with tools used in the industry.

Cost & Learning Formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100 percent competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$18,090$39,849*   MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$347 per 1000-2000 level credit $402 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time simultaneously) per 12-week billing session
  • Based on a program point system; 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay one flat-rate tuition fee per session*
$13,269$23,000*   ACCELERATED PACE–TYPICAL PACE
$2,300 per quarter, 90 total program points, 45 max transfer points

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process.

Low-Cost Gen Ed Courses

Our learning partner, Sophia Learning, is a self-paced, online option for fulfilling bachelor’s requirements for only $329 per course.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

Our bachelor’s in information technology, information assurance and cybersecurity degree helps you learn to evaluate security policies, social engineering, access control, authentication, perimeter security, disaster recovery, and more.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
IT4070 Cyber Defense and Countermeasures
IT4071 Cyber Attacks and Ethical Hacking
IT4075 Computer Forensics
IT4076 Security Management and Policies
IT4080 Operating Systems and Application Security

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Financial Aid Counselors

First they listen. Then they act—for you. Running the numbers, exploring ways to save, and making the financing of your education simpler.

Coaches

From enrollment to graduation, coaches help you stay on track. They know your program, answer questions, and cheer you on.

Writing Support

These skilled communicators offer free tutoring services and multiple resources to sharpen your writing skills.

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

Information Security Career Central

A Capella-powered blog dedicated to information security trends, news, career information, and more.

What Is Information Assurance and Security?

Take a deep dive into information assurance, information security, and career opportunities in cybersecurity.

The Ultimate Security Guard

"Capella's coursework was directly applicable not only to my current job, but also to the entire industry."

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our bachelor's in information technology, information assurance and cybersecurity degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Computer security specialist
  • Data security analyst/consultant
  • Information security manager
  • Network security device administrator
  • Network security specialist
  • Information security specialist/analyst
  • Network security administrator
  • Security engineer
  • Enterprise security architect
  • Information technology auditor
  • Application security specialist
  • Information technology security architect

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Information technology consulting firm
  • Insurance firm
  • Higher education
  • Corporation
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Health care organization
  • Global technology company
  • Bank or financial firm
  • Government—local, state, and federal

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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