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MSIT - Cybersecurity

Students seeking an advanced education in information security practices and processes could enroll in the Master of Science in Information Technology with a specialization in Cybersecurity program at Capella University. Get more details about this online program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Information Technology with a specialization in Cybersecurity

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prior to enrollment, prospective students might have completed an undergraduate degree program in information technology, network security, computer science, or a similar area. They might also display strong analytical, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills. Applicants to Capella University's graduate programs should have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Capella University's Master of Science in Information Technology with a specialization in Cybersecurity program is designed to address all aspects of digital information security, such as risk assessment, regulatory practices, and information assurance procedures. Specialization courses are likely to address such topics as cryptography, information security tools, cyber-defense guidelines, operating system security design, and types of hardware and software vulnerabilities and how to detect them. One of the program's core courses explores security principles for networks, network architecture, firewalls, and network protocols; other core classes cover IT system trends, database administration, and growing technologies. A two-part project at the end of the program allows students to address and work out an IT problem or issue in a team environment.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

48 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Information Technology with a specialization in Cybersecurity:

The 48 credits needed for completion of this program reflects 20 credits in core coursework and 28 credits in the specialization area. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (20 credits)

  • Information Technology and System Trends
  • Security and Enterprise Networks
  • Database and Application Development
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Project Management Fundamentals

Cybersecurity Specialization Courses (28 credits)

  • Network Security Fundamentals and Cryptography
  • Information Security Regulatory and Legal Environment
  • Operating System Defense
  • Identifying and Managing Risk
  • Digital Forensics Processes
  • Applied Information Technology Project 1
  • Applied Information Technology Project 2

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Once they have met all the requirements of the Master of Science in Information Technology - Cybersecurity program, graduates could choose to pursue a terminal degree in this field. A doctorate in information technology is likely to expand on technological advances, leadership theories, and information security principles, and would ordinarily be required for some positions in postsecondary or research institutions.

Doctoral degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • PhD in Information Technology - Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
  • Doctor of Information Technology - Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

Career Paths:

Completion of the MS in Information Technology - Cybersecurity program could lead graduates to explore senior management or executive-level positions in the IT departments of any type of institution in the public or private sector. They might also find advanced positions in technical support companies, technical consulting firms, computer design companies, or data management companies.

Job titles that might be pursued by these graduates include:

  • Security architect
  • Information security analyst
  • Information security officer
  • Information security manager
  • Information technology auditor

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