What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance is a professional degree for those who endeavor through technical and managerial measures to ensure the security, confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, control, availability, and utility of the world’s computing and information systems infrastructure. The online cyber security degree program has a required core and a required specialization, which can be selected from some alternatives. The core is designed to provide a means of supporting the variety of backgrounds (both education and work experience) that those who wish to study this area may bring to the program. The core is also a statement of the knowledge domain that is common to most efforts in this area. The specializations provide for study domains of knowledge within the field – which are also tied to communities of effort within the field.

Program Learning Outcomes

Devise a mitigation plan against both external and internal vulnerabilities to enterprise computer infrastructures and sensitive digital assets.

Analyze and evaluate multiple risk assessment methods and strategies.

Compare the legal and ethical aspects of cybersecurity at the Federal, State, and International level.

Assess and summarize the legal and ethical requirements of a cyber security professional.

Integrate project management skills to produce a cybersecurity solution.

Evaluate the results of a security assessment to assess the security status of a network or computer system.

Conduct in-depth research into a specific CSIA topic, including finding and integrating relevant research results of others.

Integrate systems-level-infrastructure thinking into CSIA problem identification and resolution, and effectively communicate the solution.

Which department am I in?

College of Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (58.5 quarter units)

Tuition fees
US$15,912.00 per year
USD $442 per quarter unit for Course level 500, 600 and 700

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2020, August 2020


College of Professional Studies

11255 North Torrey Pines Road,



92037, United States

Online/Distance (58.5 quarter units)

Tuition fees
US$15,912.00 per year
USD $442 per quarter unit for Course level 500, 600 and 700

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Every month

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university where an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better was achieved, or where a grade point average of 2.75 or higher was achieved in the last 90 quarter units.

For international students

Four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA or 2.5, or completion of National University’s Foreign Credential Bridge Program.

TOEFL score - 79 (IBT); IELTS score - 6, with no band lower than a 5; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA) – 58; International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) – 5; Certificate of Proficiency in English with a C grade or higher; Certificate of Advanced English with a C grade or higher.

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About this uni

Degrees are WSCUC accredited, and graduates join a global network of over 150,000 talented alumni who are making a positive impact on the world.

  • Campuses in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Jose
  • Average student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1
  • Concentrated learning model, one-course-per-month
  • International and domestic students pay the same tuition rate