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Cybersecurity Concentration


In this concentration you will learn the basics of policy management in the area of cybersecurity, as well as the skills and applications for securing information systems and assuring the integrity of an organization's operational information.


The MPA with a concentration in Cybersecurity is a program that prepares students for one of the fastest growing fields. Students in this concentration take the regular MPA core curriculum, and then five additional courses.  We suggest (but it is not mandatory) that  you take the classes in the following order:

  • IST 6090 Information Systems and Technology Management
  • IST 6470 Database Management and Policy
  • IST 6700 Cybersecurity Policy and Risk Management
  • IST 6730 Cybersecurity Theory and Practice
  • IST 6890 Enterprise Architecture Planning, Strategy, Security and Policy

❋ California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is accredited as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency (NSA). The campus is now among only six universities in California that have this national distinction.

❋ CSUSB's Cybersecurity coursework meets the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) standards for Information Systems Security Professionals (CNSS 4011) and Senior System Managers (CNSS 4012). CNSS certifications are awarded for a 5-year period.

❋ CSUSB has been awarded the Scholarship for Service: Cybercorps program. This program can provide full tuition, lodging and stipends to eligible students. For more info visit the Cybersecurity website.

❋ The National Defense University in Washington DC have created a partnership where DoD civilians can attend NDU at and then complete their MPA in Cybersecurity at CSUSB, at no cost.


Cybersecurity Resources
The Cybersecurity Faculty have prepared a list of resources that interested students, who do NOT have a background in computers, may wish to review to prepare them for the cybersecurity classes. is FREE to all students at CSUSB. 
IST, Networking and Security:
Transitioning to a career in cybersecurity (1h 10m)
Technology for Product Managers (46m)
Understanding Networks (51m)
IP Addressing (36m)
Security 1h 13m
Recommended Courses

Cybersecurity faculty highly recommend that students consider taking the following two full courses if they have limited experience in the discipline.  These courses will prepare student for the Concentration Courses, as well as help uncertain students decide if the Cybersecurity Concentration is for them.

Network+ (about 32 hours)
Security+ (about 21 hours)

For information on IST classes please contact IDS Chair Dr. Jay Varzandeh

For information on PA classes please contact Dr. Jonathan Anderson