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MPA in Computer and Information Security

The Master of Public Administration program with a specialization in Computer and Information Security offered at Northcentral University allows students to study computer security and the practical security challenges faced by public organizations. Find out more about this online MPA program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Public Administration in with a specialization in Computer and Information Security

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the MPA with a Computer and Information Security specialization should be interested in a career managing or assessing the technological security of public organizations. All master's level programs at Northcentral University require a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The Master of Public Administration program at Northcentral University is designed to prepare students to effectively address community challenges, navigate public bureaucracy, and prepare for the leadership responsibilities in public organizations. The specialization in Computer and Information Security builds on these principles, focusing specifically on how to protect public organizations from cyber crime and other technology-related threats.. At the end of the program, students are required to complete a research project that demonstrates they are able to assess the security of an organization and recommend solutions to potential problems.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid:

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

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Required Courses for the Master of Public Administration with a Specialization in Computer and Information Security:

The coursework for the Master of Public Administration program with a Computer and Information Security specialization includes the foundational courses of an MPA along with three specialization courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (27 credits)

  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Government and the Public Interest
  • Public Sector Human Resources Management
  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • Quality Management in Public Administration
  • Public Policy Process
  • Organizational Behavior and Theory
  • Survey of Research Methods
  • Capstone Seminar

Computer and Information Security Specialization Courses (9 credits)

  • Students select 3 courses from the following:
    • Introduction to Computer Security
    • Corporate Computer and Network Security
    • Cyber Forensics: Collecting, Examining, and Preserving Evidence of Computer and Information Crimes
    • Introduction to Systems Certification and Accreditation
    • Cyber Terrorism, Information Warfare, and Critical Infrastructure Protection
    • Risk Management in Information Assurance and Security
    • Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Security
    • Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery for the Security Professional

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Those who graduate with a Master of Public Administration in Computer and Information Security could further their education with doctoral degrees. The choice of doctoral degree will depend on the type of career the graduate wishes to pursue and may increase their career opportunities and / or level of responsibility.

Some possible degree options include:

  • Doctor of Public Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Data Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Technology and Innovation Management

Career Paths:

The Master of Public Administration in Computer and Information Security program at Northcentral University is designed to prepare students to work in public administration to ensure data is secure. Graduates could be qualified to pursue leadership and advisory roles, such as:

  • Public organization manager
  • Computer and information security specialist
  • Public administrator

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