Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security

Prepare to advance your career and make significant contributions to your organization

Improve your ability to assess information security risks and develop and implement solutions to safeguard the information assets and enterprise IT infrastructures of organizations. Examine the technical and managerial controls critical to the success of an information assurance program, including security fundamentals, network, operating system and application security, information security ethics, laws and regulations, risk assessment and management and planning. This program is aimed at people who want to pursue careers as information and security specialists.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

We have not collected enough information to publish learning outcome data for this program.

Master of Science (MS) in Information Assurance and Security

  • Digital Forensics
  • Network Defense

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • 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/Cybersecurity (CAE IA/CD) for academic years 2014-2021.
  • Industry certifications, such as the PMP®, CISSP, or SSCP, and prior work experience may help shorten the time to graduation through Capella's competency-based Prior Learning Assessment.1

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Explain foundational information assurance and security concepts.
  2. Develop solutions for current issues in the information security industry.
  3. Apply tools appropriate for the information security professional.
  4. Plan strategies appropriate for an independent contractor within a specialized area of information security.
  5. Integrate general information security and specialized security functions within small and mid-sized businesses as well as large and global organizations.
  6. Communicate effectively within the technology stakeholders.

1Residents of Washington state may receive credit through our prior learning assessment only in the BS and MBA programs.

Master's Information Technology Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Information Technology Master's programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Capella Business & Technology Doctoral Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

Improvements in Skills & Abilities Business & Technology Master's Guide

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Master's Information Technology Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Information Technology Master's programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella Business & Technology Doctoral Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Improvements in Skills & Abilities Business & Technology Master's Guide

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2013 and June 2014. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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