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master of science Cybersecurity & Information Assurance

  • Overview

    Every day, hackers and cyber criminals launch new, sophisticated computer viruses, malware, and scams that threaten the data our society relies on. Earning your master’s degree in cybersecurity and information assurance will expand your arsenal to help you better protect our invaluable data, and it can increase your earning potential and opportunities for leadership and advancement as an IT professional.

    WGU fits.

    Your schedule, your budget, your needs.

    Jason explains how.
    Jason Franklin WGU alumni double IT grad
  • Costs

    $3,540

    Tuition per 6-month term

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    + $295

    Resource and Program Fees, per term

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    + $3,835

    TOTAL PER TERM

    +$65

    One-time application fee

    Apply FREE this week

    $295 per-term fees include Resource Fee of $145 (covers all e-books and learning resources, saving you hundreds per term) and Program Fee of $150 (covers additional costs specific to this program).

    The two EC-Council certifications you'll earn during this program are included in your tuition.

    By charging per term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees.

  • Courses
    • Secure Network Design
    • Cyberwarfare
    • Secure Software Design
    • Security Policies and Standards - Best Practices
    • Cyberlaw, Regulations, and Compliance
    • Risk Management
    • Disaster Recovery Planning, Prevention and Response
    • Ethical Hacking
    • Forensics and Network Intrusion

    Students will be able to choose from three areas of emphasis, depending on personal and professional interests. Students will complete a capstone project that deals with a significant real-world business problem that further integrates the components of the degree. Capstone projects will require an oral defense before a committee of WGU faculty.

  • Careers
    118%

    Since 2016, LinkedIn has seen an increase of 118% in mid-to-senior level cybersecurity job listings.

    —LinkedIn Cybersecurity Study, 2017
    77%

    Of the people who were promoted in the past two years, 77% of mid- to senior-level employees had traditional degrees.

    —LinkedIn Cybersecurity Study, 2017
    $95k

    The median wage for information security professionals was $95,000 in 2017. Senior level professionals report salaries closer to $150,000.

    —U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Earn your cybersecurity master’s degree online—and pick up industry certs along the way.

WGU’s online Master of Science Cybersecurity and Information Assurance degree program is closely aligned with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and was designed with input from cybersecurity experts and leading IT employers to meet the most recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and National Security Agency (NSA) guidelines.

In addition to earning your master's degree, as you complete the coursework for this program you will earn the following certifications—exam costs covered by your low, flat tuition and fees: 

  • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker 
  • EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)

Earning these certs on the way to your master's gives your résumé an immediate boost as soon as you've earned them, even before you complete your degree.

You can start as early as

Sep 1

New students start the 1st of every month. Complete enrollment by the 15th.

Begin your application.

72% of grads finished in

6-20 months

WGU lets you move more quickly through material you already know and advance as soon as you're ready. The result: You may finish faster.

Grads who recommend WGU

97%

Jobs of grads who earned this degree include cyber security analyst, systems administrator, and cybersecurity consultant. The vast majority of alumni say WGU delivered on its promises.

The accreditation you need, plus industry respect and recognition.

Accredited

Best in class.

Recognized for innovation.

A master's degree is always worth it.

Cybersecurity and information insurance careers are experiencing growth much higher than other industries. Increase your knowledge and certification portfolio all at once with the M.S. Cybersecurity & Information Assurance degree.

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Career-focused curriculum. On-demand learning.

Included in the coursework for this program are the following certifications—essentially, earning the certification is your course assessment. 

  • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker 
  • EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)

Courses at-a-glance:

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Secure Systems Analysis & Design
Information Security and Assurance

Information Security and Assurance explores the many facets of the information security landscape. Recognizing that there are no universal solutions to issues related to information security and assurance, this course covers the durable security principles that help to drive sound decisions. Additionally, this course introduces well-accepted risk management principles that help to appropriately secure information assets. Finally, the course illustrates how a comprehensive library of policies, standards, and procedures are used to secure assets and provide the required levels of regulatory compliance. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Cybersecurity Architecture and Engineering

Cybersecurity Architecture and Engineering prepares students to implement and manage security engineering tasks and processes using secure design principles grounded in positive security engineering. It covers the fundamental concepts of confidentiality and integrity security models along with applied cryptography for implementation of these models. Additionally, this course helps students assess and mitigate vulnerabilities found in security designs, architectures, and solutions. Finally, this course introduces techniques to design and implement physical security controls for data centers and other large implementations of IT. There are no prerequisites for this course.

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Network Design and Management
Secure Network Design

Secure Network Design covers topics for designing and protecting computer networks. Course topics emphasize secure physical and logical network architecture design for both wired and wireless networks. Secure Network Design provides students the opportunity to recognize secure network characteristics, apply techniques to securely configure network devices, propose network segmentation strategies, perform root cause analysis, and recommend mitigation approaches based on industry best practices. There are no prerequisites for this course

Cybersecurity Management II - Tactical

Cybersecurity Management II - Tactical provides students the opportunity to examine tactical cybersecurity management, which is the practice of addressing near-term cybersecurity goals within an enterprise. The tactical management process enables organizations to address unique cyber requirements throughout the organization. It deals with the people, processes, and technologies that are in use, and it primarily centers on the current operations of the enterprise. A range of cybersecurity tactical management topics are introduced in this course including the tools, techniques, and concepts used to develop an effective cybersecurity program within organizations. The Cybersecurity Management I - Strategic course is a prerequisite for this course.

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Cybersecurity Management
Cybersecurity Management I - Strategic

Cybersecurity Management I - Strategic focuses on the strategic and long-term alignment of an organization's information security program to regulators and ensures that it is appropriate for the company culture and management organization. This course introduces the Basel Committee's four lines of defense model to appropriately implement separation of duties and information security roles and structures. Additionally, this course covers big-picture items (e.g., how risk management will be performed institutionally and how compliance to information security requirements will be managed). Finally, this course helps students apply strategic decision making as companies adapt to new technologies, processes, and people practices related to processing, managing, and protecting information resources. The Cybersecurity Architecture and Engineering course is a prerequisite for this course.

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Security
Secure Software Design

Secure Software Design focuses on the variety of elements needed to address and implement secure software acquisition and development throughout the software development life cycle (SDLC). It covers the end-to-end principles and addresses people, technology (tools), and processes to design and develop consistently secure applications. Additionally, this course underscores the importance and value of the defense in depth principle across the entire SDLC. Finally, this course introduces techniques to adapt common security activities to modern software development practices, including Agile/Scrum and DevOps. There are no prerequisites for this course.

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Hacking
Ethical Hacking

Ethical Hacking builds the skills necessary to protect an organization's information system from unauthorized access and system hacking. Topics include security threats, penetration testing, vulnerability analysis, risk mitigation, business-related issues, and countermeasures. Students will learn how to expose system vulnerabilities, find solutions for eliminating and preventing them, and apply hacking skills on different types of networks and platforms. This course prepares students for the following certification exam: EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker exam (312-50). This course has no prerequisites.

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Forensics and Network Intrusion
Forensics and Network Intrusion

Forensics and Network Intrusion builds proficiency in detecting hacking attacks and properly extracting evidence to report the crime and conduct audits to prevent future attacks. Topics include computer forensics in today���s world; media and operating system forensics; data and file forensics; audits and investigations; and device forensics. This course prepares students for the following certification exam: EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator. This course has no prerequisites.

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Capstone
Cybersecurity Graduate Capstone

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (MSCSIA) Capstone project allows students to demonstrate their capability to establish a durable cybersecurity and information assurance program. The capstone project challenges students to integrate skills and knowledge from all program domains into one project that deals with a significant real-world cybersecurity problem.

Students are not alone, with personal mentoring just a phone call away

Demonstrating mastery is how you pass a course, so learning what it takes to be outstanding in your career is at the heart of WGU’s M.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance curriculum. Every course focuses on a set of clearly defined competencies that you must prove you’ve learned. You will typically complete them one at a time as you make your way through your program, working with your Program Mentor each term to build your personalized Degree Plan. You’ll work through each course as quickly as you can study and master the material. As soon as you’re ready, you’ll pass the assessment, complete the course, and move on.

On-call faculty support:

An entire team of faculty members has one goal in mind: your success. Your Program Mentor is your individually assigned faculty member, providing program guidance and instruction from the day you start to the day you graduate. In addition, Course Instructors provide subject-matter instruction and support, typically one-on-one, exactly when you need it.

Dig into this program in more detail.

If the M.S. Cybersecurity & Information Assurance program is what you are looking for, you'll benefit from the program guide. Dive into the curriculum details to ensure this program fits your learning objectives.

Program Guide

When we say affordable, we mean it.

$3,540

Tuition per 6-month term

+

+ $295

Resource and Program Fees, per term

+

+ $3,835

TOTAL PER TERM

+$65

One-time application fee

Apply FREE this week

$295 per-term fees include Resource Fee of $145 (covers all e-books and learning resources, saving you hundreds per term) and Program Fee of $150 (covers additional costs specific to this program).

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Become a cybersecurity and information assurance pro.

Every day, we share data, socialize, and complete transactions in cyberspace, making the need for experts who can protect our information ever more critical. Get salary info, job outlook data, work environment description, and more.

Career Guide
“Because of WGU's competency-based model I was able to leverage my experience and progress through the courses at my rate. My degrees have opened many doors for me and prepared me with the skills and knowledge I need to succeed.” Jason Franklin,
MS Cybersecurity & Info. Assurance

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