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Cybersecurity Specialization Master of Science in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Discover Your Path In Cybersecurity

Get the skills you need to keep digital information assets safe and support IT infrastructure. The online master’s in information technology, cybersecurity degree from Capella can help you build the knowledge and experience in cybersecurity to mitigate risk, design solutions, and identify opportunities for effective change. You’ll prepare to manage data and information security, then apply what you learn in a real-world setting.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 7 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • Applied IT Project

Classes Start June 3rd

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 SPRING)

What you’ll learn

Gain Knowledge in Cybersecurity

Build your knowledge of key topics, such as information assurance and cybersecurity theories, practices, and technologies. 

Master Best Practices

Expand on your expertise to recommend best practices in security governance, risk management, and compliance.

Develop Security Solutions

Build your capacity to address the web security needs of an organization or the general population.

Harness Cybersecurity Tools

Discover best practices for applying security tools and technologies to manage security problems and opportunities.

Recognize Diversity & Global Issues

Address ethical, legal, global, and cultural factors of cybersecurity practice for individuals and organizations.

Build Communication Skills

Find your voice as a leader in communicating effectively with technology stakeholders.

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Stay Ahead in IT: Upskill with Skillsoft

Students will have unlimited access to Skillsoft, a comprehensive eLearning resource to help develop IT and business knowledge and skills.

Applied IT Project

Work on solving a real-world problem faced by an actual organization to demonstrate what you’ve learned in your program.

Engaging Coursework

Grow your knowledge with hands-on experience using industry tools in virtual labs, interactive simulations, and innovative resources.

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 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
$24,804$33,072* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$689 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the details

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

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. 

Reduce your tuition by $3K

Enroll in your master's degree, apply for the scholarship, meet eligibility requirements, and receive up to $3K.

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Prior learning assessment

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

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

Sample courses

Our MS in Information Technology, Cybersecurity curriculum builds on a broad foundational knowledge of IT to focus on applied cybersecurity best practices, principles, and methods.

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IAS5015 *
Network Security Fundamentals and Cryptography

Learners apply foundational concepts of cybersecurity and information assurance to select appropriate information security policies, procedures, and controls to defend enterprise information assets from breaches of confidentiality and integrity. Learners identify specific points of vulnerability that may be mitigated through the use of administrative security policies and operational information security tools. Learners also examine principles of cryptography and some of the security controls and methods that use it. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IAS5010 or PM5331.

4 quarter credits
IAS5025 *
Operating System Defense

Learners in this course explore the fundamental security issues related to operating system (OS) defense. Learners also employ best practices to harden operating systems and associated software applications using various tools as a part of a layered defense-in-depth strategy. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent regitration in IAS5020.

4 quarter credits
IAS5030 *
Identifying and Managing Risk

Learners identify common information security risk analysis methodologies, their characteristics, pros and cons, and applications. Learners examine the sources of risk, including external malicious attackers, intentional and accidental attacks by internal users, and threats from environmental and structural sources. Learners also identify vulnerabilities in hardware, software, locations, and procedures that provide an opening to attackers and create risk to organizations. Learners demonstrate risk assessment techniques through hands-on application of software vulnerability testing tools.  Prerequisite(s): IAS5025.

4 quarter credits

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.

Career center

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

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Advancing Your Career with an MS in Information Technology

Possible careers include IT management, web development, systems management, and analysis.

Move forward in your career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our master’s in information technology, cybersecurity degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Information security analyst
  • Information security engineer
  • Information security manager
  • Information security officer
  • Information technology auditor
  • Security architect
  • Security engineer

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Bank
  • Computer systems design
  • Government – local, state, federal
  • Insurance carrier
  • Investigation and security services
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Manufacturing
  • Telecommunications carrier

*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.

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