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Network Defense Specialization Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

School of Business and Technology

Protect Business Assets with Network Defense

Be the first line of defense for organizational networks. Capella’s master’s in information assurance and cybersecurity, network defense degree prepares you as an information cybersecurity professional to assess, develop, and implement solutions to safeguard information assets. You’ll have hands-on experience with our virtual lab managing real-time responses to security breaches and performing vulnerability assessments using Nessus®. Plus, you’ll gain the knowledge to prepare for certifications like the CEH, CNDA, and CISSP®.  

At a Glance

  • Online 
  • 6 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start November 5th

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.

Admission Requirements » | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Build Your Foundational Knowledge

Explain foundational information assurance and cybersecurity concepts. 

Find the Cybersecurity Solutions

Develop solutions for current issues in the information cybersecurity industry. 

Know & Use Cybersecurity Tools

Demonstrate use of tools appropriate for the information cybersecurity professional.

Understand Network Defense Tools

Analyze the existing categories of network defense tools to meet identified network defense needs.  

Evaluate Defense Challenges

Assess network defense challenges from legal and ethical perspectives.

Protect Info for Any Business

Integrate general information cybersecurity and specialized security functions in a variety of organizations.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Get Exam-Ready

Our program teaches you the foundational information to prepare you for the CEH and CHFI exams. 

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.

Earn Badges as You Earn Your Degree

Teaming with Acclaim, we offer NSA Focus Area Badges. These digital badges let others see your cybersecurity knowledge. 

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.

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
$24,552$32,736* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$682 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. 

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Prior Learning Assessment

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

Scholarships for New Students

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

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 master’s in information assurance and cybersecurity, network defense degree helps you examine technical and managerial controls critical to network defense, including security controls and testing, cryptography, visualization, and more. 

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
IAS5030 Identifying and Managing Risk
IAS5210 Data Communications
IAS5220 Network Security Controls and Testing
IAS5230 Secure Network Design and Engineering
IAS5200 Network Architecture and Cyberoperations

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.

Career Center

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

Relevant Blog Posts

Information Security Career Central

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

Why It’s Important to Learn Ethical Hacking

Proactively finding holes in corporate IT programs and apps is done to prevent malicious hacker attacks.

7 Must-Read Blogs for Information Security Professionals

Keep on top of the latest infosec news with these seven blogs.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online MS in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, Network Defense degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Chief information security officer
  • Chief security officer
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Consultant (cyber security)
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Internet security analyst
  • Network and computer systems administrator
  • Network intelligence analyst
  • Network security analyst
  • Information security analyst
  • Security management specialist
  • Security manager
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Government agencies (such as National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command)
  • Government system integrators
  • Defense contractors
  • Military
  • Local law enforcement
  • Consulting firms
  • Land-based or online college or university

*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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