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Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Specialization Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Cybersecurity Skills to Face Down Tech Challenges

Capella’s online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity specialization can help prepare you to fill the skills gap in the field of cybersecurity. You’ll develop the skills to play an important role in the infrastructure that supports commerce, banking, telecommunications, health care, and national security.

Find out what a day in the life of a security pro is like: test your skills with our Ethical Hacking Challenge.

84% of bachelor’s in IT alumni would recommend Capella.
Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2018

At a Glance

  • 100% Online
  • FlexPath available
  • 8-13 General education courses
  • 15 Core courses
  • 9 Specialization courses
  • 5-9 Elective courses
  • Capstone
  • 180 Total quarter credit (135 max transfer credits)

Classes Start December 2nd

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.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

With FlexPath, you can finish the bachelor’s degree you started in 12 months for $10,000.*

Online Information Assurance & Cybersecurity Degree | Capella University

*Based on the fastest 10% of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

BS in IT, Information Assurance & Cybersecurity program highlights

NSA/DHS designation

Designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) for academic years 2014-2021.

NSA digital badge

Earn a badge on the way to completing this specialization, which can highlight your mastery and skills in information assurance and cybersecurity.

ABET accredited

Capella’s BS in IT program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. (The FlexPath option is not included in this specialized accreditation.)

Reduce your tuition by $8,000

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for an $8K scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.

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Transfer credits

BS in IT students transfer an average of 63 credits, potentially saving over $22,400.

Your CISSP® certification counts

Your Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification gives you the opportunity to save up to $8,581 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. Learners who submit IAS-IT documented credit for the CISSP, CISM, CISA, CEH and SSCP may only be awarded a maximum of 5 courses through documented credit. They are able to submit regular petitions for the remaining credits allowed for PLA in their curriculum.

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 experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Financial aid counselors

Our team knows how to run the numbers and help find ways to save on costs.

Advisors

Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Writing support

Sharpen your writing skills with our free tutoring services and other resources.

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% competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz.

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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
$18,495$39,912* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $411 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed, and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time) per 12-week billing session
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$12,500$25,000* ACCELERATED PACE–TYPICAL PACE
$2,500 per 12-week billing session, 90 total program points, 45 max transfer points

*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. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the details

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

Accredited & recognized

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

Information Security Career Central

Our Information Security Career Central site is intended for individuals looking to enter or advance their careers in the growing field of information security. Hosted by Capella University, this site is devoted to sharing accurate, up-to-date information about hiring trends, jobs, skills development, industry certifications, educational opportunities, and other subjects related to information security.

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. 

$8K toward your bachelor's

Apply for an $8K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor’s degree.

Prior learning assessment

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

Low-cost gen-ed courses

Our external partner, Sophia Learning, offers a low-cost way to earn gen-ed credits.

BS in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity 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.

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IT4070 *
Cyber Defense and Countermeasures

Learners in this course examine principles of cyber defense and apply in-depth cyber countermeasure techniques to analyze and secure cyber infrastructure components. Learners also analyze relevant legal, ethical, policy, and risk considerations. Prerequisite(s): IT3355, IT4803.

6 quarter credits
IT4071 *
Cyber Attacks and Ethical Hacking

Learners in this course use techniques, tools, and cybersecurity utilities to develop their understanding of strategies that hackers use to attack computers and networks. Learners investigate security threats and system vulnerabilities exploited by hackers, as well as consequences associated with being hacked. In addition, learners explore Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), ethical hacking techniques, sniffers, protocols, social engineering, vulnerability analysis, and the use of penetration testing to ensure infrastructure security. Prerequisite(s): IT3355, IT4803.

6 quarter credits
IT4075 *
Computer Forensics

Learners in this course scrutinize computer forensics as a discipline that supports law enforcement professionals in investigating white collar crime. Learners use computer forensics tools and techniques, and evaluate crime investigations, incident response and handling, and legal issues. Prerequisite(s): IT3355, IT4803.

6 quarter credits
IT4076 *
Security Management and Policies

In this course, learners increase their knowledge of hands-on security management practices by analyzing security policies and procedures, risk management, and business continuity planning. Topics include security and business need trade-offs, risk assessments, designing security policies and procedures and a business continuity plan, and enforcement of security policies and procedures. Prerequisite(s): IT3355, IT4803.

6 quarter credits
IT4080 *
Operating Systems and Application Security

Learners in this course use appropriate technologies to identify, investigate, and mitigate vulnerabilities, threats, and risks in operating systems and applications, including mobile and web applications, email, and databases. Prerequisite(s): IT4803.

6 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Find your path to becoming a leader in cybersecurity and information assurance.

  • Design technical strategies that can help reduce risk to an organization’s information assets.
  • Learn how to conduct business-impact analyses and disaster-recovery plans.
  • Gain the knowledge to design secure network architecture for an organization.
  • Balance risk and benefits associated with information assets.
  • Promote professional ethics, policies, laws, and regulations related to information assurance and cybersecurity professional ethics, policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Validate accuracy and integrity of information assets through audit, management, and models.

“The quality of [Capella’s] academic coursework is excellent and immediately applicable to your career. They’re always evolving their coursework to keep pace with the industry. Hearing about what they have planned makes me wish I were taking my coursework now.”

Jason Herbst *, BS in IT
*Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in our promotional materials.

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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*

  • Security manager
  • Information security analyst
  • Security analyst
  • Security engineer
  • Information assurance analyst
  • Systems engineer
  • Information assurance engineer
  • Network engineer
  • Network security engineer
  • Software engineer

Employment settings to explore

  • Information technology consulting firm
  • Insurance firm
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Corporation
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Health care organization
  • Global technology company
  • Bank or financial firm
  • Government-local, state and federal

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Three career paths to explore with a BS in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

While the information technology field offers a variety of career paths and focus areas, some of the more common paths include:

Design technical strategies for mitigating risks to information assets and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks, systems, and sensitive information.

Job titles to explore may include working as an information security analyst, security engineer, or security manager for a global tech company, information technology consulting firm, nonprofit organization, or corporation.

Build a secure architecture for an organization including data communication networks such as local area networks, wide area networks, and intranets.

Job titles to explore may include working as a network engineer, network security engineer, or security manager for a global tech company, information technology consulting firm, nonprofit organization, or corporation.

Design technical strategies for mitigating risks to information assets related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data and the systems and processes used for those purposes.

Job titles to explore may include working as an information assurance engineer or information assurance analyst for a global tech company, information technology consulting firm, nonprofit organization, or corporation.

Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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