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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.  Please note that cybersecurity courses are offered in person and that you cannot earn the cybersecurity concentration entirely online. 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.

Students with a non-technical background who want to take the Cybersecurity Concentration should participate in an online/Blackboard Cybersecurity "bootcamp."   The bootcamp prepares students with a non-technical background to take more technical courses offered by the IDS department.  Each learning module has a series of lecture segments and quizzes. There is a quiz after each lecture segment to foster an understanding of the material covered in each lecture segment.  This is a great way to dive into the field of Cybersecurity, regardless of your background.   

This is not a regular class- but rather a brief prep for other classes.  Students proceed at their own pace.

To request enrollment and for questions about the bootcamp content contact IDS: Joon Son ( and Ein Yela (   

For information on IST classes in general contact IDS.