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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 October 7th

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 SUMMER)

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
$25,020$33,360* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$695 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 with $3K

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

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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ITEC5002
Information Technology and System Trends

Learners in this course examine current information technologies and trends, emphasizing the areas of technical focus. Learners gain the strategic underpinnings of contemporary technology and emerging trends, as well as the communication skills and requirements of an IT professional. This course also presents self-assessments and career development activities designed to support lifelong learning and workforce success. Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MS in Information Technology degree program. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ITEC5010 *
Security and Enterprise Networks

In this course, learners develop an understanding of the core security principles that apply throughout networked systems. Learners examine the concepts of enterprise network design, core network infrastructure hardware, configuration, and the architecture of contemporary computing networks and cloud platforms. Learners also gain an understanding of network security and threat vectors in the context of enterprise systems, firewalls, VPNs, and network protocols. Finally, learners explore enterprise network governance, security risk assessment and development of internal controls, and implementation and management for cloud computing environments.  Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in ITEC5002.

4 quarter credits
ITEC5020 *
Database and Application Development

In this course, learners apply methods for relational database design, administration, and the use of structured query language (SQL) to store and retrieve information for use in application programs. Learners use and apply knowledge of user requirements, user experience and program design, programming logic and constructs, and testing processes to the development of an application suitable for both web and mobile platforms using modern tools.  Prerequisite(s): ITEC5010.

4 quarter credits
ITEC5030 *
Emerging Technologies

In this course, learners gain an understanding of new and disruptive technologies that are poised to have a significant impact on individuals, industry, technology, and society. Learners explore strategies for identifying and researching emerging technologies to determine their value-added application to the organization and examine models that help predict technology growth and proliferation.  Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in ITEC5020.

4 quarter credits
PM5331 *
Project Management Fundamentals

This course focuses on the processes and knowledge areas found in the project management profession. Learners develop and demonstrate their understanding of the project management concepts as defined by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK© Guide), which includes knowledge of the ten project management knowledge areas, including the domains of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing projects, along with professionalism and ethics.  Prerequisite(s): MS in Information Technology learners must have completed ITEC5030.

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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