Cyber Security Concentration

The MPA with a concentration in Cyber Security 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:

  • IST 511 Information Assurance and Security (4)
  • IST 610 Senior Systems Manager (4)
  • IST 646 Information Systems Planning, Strategy and Policy (4)
  • IST 647 Information Based Management (4)
  • IST 648 Information Networking Systems (4)

In this program you will learn the basics of public management, as well as the skills and applications for securing information systems and assuring the integrity of an organization's operational information.

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 pursuing this concentration should strive to take the concentration courses early in their program.

Concentration students should take PA 650 before the IST courses.

After 650, the recommended sequence is IST 610, IST 511, IST 648 before 646 and 647.

For information on IST classes please contact Dr. Tony Coulson

For information on PA classes please contact Dr. Jonathan Anderson