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Information Assurance and Security Specialization Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Overview

Information systems play an important role in the infrastructure that supports commerce, banking, telecommunications, health care, and national security, driving the need for qualified information assurance and security specialists. A degree in information security provides you with the knowledge you need to protect the most important asset of any business: their information. 

Capella University's online bachelor's in Information Assurance and Security helps you apply the latest methods of effective enterprise-wide security to ensure the safeguarding and confidentiality of any secure data. The information security degree delves into subjects such as database systems, software architecture, programming, human-computer interaction, and more. The program also covers the areas of ethics and project management.

Accredited. Respected.

Capella University has been 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.

Capella's BS in IT program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org*

*The FlexPath format for the BS in Information Technology program specializations is not accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET

The courses in this specialization reflect the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) body-of-knowledge frameworks developed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC).

IT Certifications and Digital Badge Option

Industry Certifications

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to take these certification exams—and the vouchers to take them for free:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Project+

NSA Badge 

Earn an NSA digital badge on the way to your BS IT-IAS degree to illustrate your mastery and skills in:

  • Information Assurance and Security

Hands-On Learning Through Virtual Lab Environment:

Capella’s virtual lab environment gives you a practical, hands-on learning experience designed around industry best practices. Our safe, interactive platform allows you to develop in-demand skills by practicing with tools you’d work with in your future career.

Access to Cutting-Edge Content at No Additional Cost

As a benefit of Capella’s partnership with Pluralsight, a global leader in online learning for IT specialists, students in select IT courses receive full business account access to Pluralsight’s library of more than 5,000 courses—a $499 value—that also includes access to Code School for interactive learning and lab practice.

Degree Outcomes

With your Bachelor's in Information Assurance and Security from Capella, you'll design technical strategies for mitigating risks to information assets and learn to validate accuracy and integrity of information assets through audit, management and models. You'll also learn how to balance risk and benefit associated with information assets. 

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online Bachelor's in Information Assurance and Security include application security specialist, computer security specialist, data security analyst, information security manager or network security administrator. Potential workplaces include: bank or financial firm, global technology company, government, higher education or information technology consulting firm.

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start November 6th

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. 

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Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set 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, whenever your schedule allows.

  • 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. 

Prior Learning Assessment

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

Learn about PLA »

Low-Cost Gen Ed Courses

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

Discover Sophia »

Scholarships for New Students

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

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Sample Courses

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.  

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.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning–beyond graduation.

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.