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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

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for this program. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course—the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they've learned.

2017-2018 Demonstration of Program Outcomes

Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security

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Explain foundational information assurance and security concepts.

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Develop solutions for current issues in the information security industry.

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Apply tools appropriate for the information security professional.

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Plan strategies appropriate for an independent contractor within a specialized area of information security.

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Integrate general information security and specialized security functions within small and mid-sized businesses as well as large and global organizations.

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Communicate effectively within the technology stakeholders.

Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q2 2017 – Q1 2018 capstone courses.

Master of Science (MS) in Information Assurance and Security

  • Digital Forensics
  • Health Care Security
  • 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

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.

Career Preparation
 All Information Technology Master's Graduates  

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Career Preparation
All Information Technology Master's Graduates

 The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career: 56%

 My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions: 67%

 Capella's competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession: 78%

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 Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Career & Professional Accomplishments
All Information Technology Master's Graduates

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Career and Professional Accomplishments
All Information Technology Master's Graduates

 Made a significant contribution to my profession: 60%

 Successfully changed jobs and-or-careers: 33%

 Assumed leadership responsibilities: 47%

 Received a salary increase: 47%

 Received a promotion: 47%

Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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 Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

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
All Information Technology Master's Graduates

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Satisfaction with Capella
All Information Technology Master's Graduates

 I have or intend to recommend Capella: 78%

 I am satisfied with my Capella education: 73%

 Capella gave me the most efficient direct path to completing my degree: 57%

 

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Skills & Abilities
All Information Technology Master's Graduates

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Skills & Abilities
MS in Human Services Graduates

Write clearly, accurately, and professionally; use sources appropriately : 100%

Communicate thoughts and ideas in varied settings : 100%

Show ethical conduct reflecting values and beliefs of discipline : 100%

Show knowledge of field; respect contributions of other fields : 83%

Analyze theoretical issues or investigate real-world phenomena, create knowledge : 86%

Locate, evaluate and communicate information; address legal, professional, other issues : 100%

Critically examine, analyze, and evaluate thinking using intellectual standards and creativity : 100%

Critically evaluate, select, and use discipline-appropriate technology : 100%

Show appreciation for group and individual differences : 100%

Demonstrate effective leadership in diverse environments : 86%

Apply the specialized knowledge associated with professional practice area : 100%

 

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" 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 Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

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. 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.

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