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Network Defense Specialization Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security

School of Business and Technology

Overview

Capella University’s Master’s in Network Defense program prepares information security professionals to assess, develop, and implement solutions to safeguard the information assets and enterprise IT infrastructures of an organization. You’ll also gain hands-on experience managing real-time responses to security breaches using Nessus® to perform vulnerability assessments, including system sanitizing and hardening, in Capella’s virtual lab environment.

The core curriculum in this program includes the domains of knowledge represented in several leading security certifications, including CISSP®.

The Master’s in Network Defense program is designed around industry standards and provides students with the foundational information that contributes to the knowledge required to sit for the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Certified Network Defense Architect (CNDA) exams.

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.

Earn-as-you-go certificate and badge options

In addition to offering a Network Defense Graduate Certificate as you progress, Capella has partnered with digital badging leader Acclaim to provide NSA Focus Area badges. These digital badges validate the information security knowledge gained and allow you to share this with potential employers, peers, and others by posting the digital badges on LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media networks. Students can receive NSA Focus Area badges in the following areas:

  • Network Security Administration
  • Network Security Engineering
  • System Security Engineering

Hands-On Learning Through Virtual Lab Environment

Students in this specialization will explore penetration testing techniques in our virtual lab environment using leading industry tools, including BackTrack and Metasploit. In addition, students will learn to manage real-time responses to security breaches using Nessus® to perform vulnerability assessments, including system sanitizing and hardening.

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 master’s in Network Defense, you’ll prepare to lead or consult in the practice of investigating incidents involving information technology assets and data in a variety of professional settings. 

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online master’s in Network Defense include network security analyst, internet security analyst, exploitation analyst, network intelligence analyst, information security analyst, security management specialist, computer systems analyst, network and computer systems administrator, auditor, security manager, intelligence analyst, cyber security engineer, consultant (cyber security), chief security officer, or chief information security officer.

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
$25,827$34,536*   MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$682 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

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, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

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Prior Learning Assessment

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

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$30 Million in Scholarships Available

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

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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 resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning–beyond graduation.

Ready for the Next Step?

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