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Master's in Cybersecurity (Information Assurance)

Master's in Cybersecurity (Information Assurance)

The online Master of Science in Cybersecurity (Information Assurance concentration) program is designed for individuals who want to gain specialized knowledge in the software integration area of cyber operations. This MS in Cybersecurity program is aligned with the academic requirements for Cybersecurity set by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of National Security (DHS).

Coursework for the information assurance concentration is focused on software control management tools, software integration, cyber defense mitigation, and overall front end security. This degree program will prepare you to take on responsibilities associated with job titles such as information assurance analyst, information security specialist, and security systems analyst.

By completing your master's at Excelsior College, you can complete your degree requirements and keep your job and family commitments in balance. This online master's program was designed to help you:

  • Take online cybersecurity classes that fit with your schedule.
  • Transfer more credit to minimize your time to completion.
  • Receive instruction from experienced cybersecurity faculty.
  • Manage your budget with reasonable tuition and interest-free payment plans.

Advance Your Career in Cybersecurity Information Assurance

Coursework for the information assurance concentration covers the knowledge and skills you need to effectively:

  • Establish a secure coding environment
  • Maintain and protect source code as an essential corporate asset
  • Develop and maintain secure software and applications
  • Recommend software appropriate for defending against cyber attacks
  • Understand digital forensics and how it can be used to assist with investigations

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Cybersecurity Master's Credit Requirements

Cybersecurity Master's Credit Requirements

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree program requires a minimum of 30 graduate-level credits, with nine required courses. Students in this program are allowed to transfer in a maximum of 9 approved, graduate-level credits, with a minimum of 21 credits to be taken directly at Excelsior College.

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Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Continuously monitor, maintain, and enhance the protection of enterprise-wide information assets through effective industry accepted information management and risk management techniques.
  • Detect, analyze, and respond to cyber-attacks on networks and computer systems.
  • Conduct risk and vulnerability assessments of existing and proposed information systems.
  • Utilize the best sources of information available related to cyber security issues, threats, and recovery.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand professional, ethical, and social responsibility, including the effect of culture, diversity, and interpersonal relations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in communicating technical information in formal reports, documentation, and oral presentations to users and information technology professionals.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and to continue to engage in lifelong learning.

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National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College

The National Cybersecurity Institute is an academic and research center dedicated to assisting government, industry, military, and academic sectors meet the challenges in cybersecurity policy, technology, and education. The Institute's unique team of cybersecurity experts draws from different industries and organizations who are working together to educate and advise the public and private sectors on today's cybersecurity issues and needs.

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Recognition for Cybersecurity Programs

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security designated Excelsior as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, a recognition which extends through 2019.

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Institutional Accreditation

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Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

All of Excelsior College's academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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