Cybersecurity Program Frequently Asked Questions

We have a mix of full time and adjunct faculty with a good mix of academic and professional experience. Most adjuncts work in the Cybersecurity field.
Since 1977, National University has been accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). National University has also been designated as a NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education through 2020.
Our MS CYB program starts four times a year (2 online and 2 onsite). The BS CYB program starts twice a year (1 online and 1 onsite). Please note the specialization/concentration for each start. The start months are listed below. Please note these are subject to change. Please check with your advisor for official start dates.
Start Month Program Specialization/Concentration Modality
February MS Ethical Hacking & Pen Testing Onsite San Diego
April MS Information Assurance and Security Policy Online
April BS Digital Forensics Online
September MS Information Assurance and Security Policy Onsite San Diego
October BS Digital Forensics Onsite San Diego
November MS Ethical Hacking & Pen Testing Online
We follow a cohort model and classes must be taken in the order listed below:
  • CYB 600 Cyber Security Technology
  • CYB 601 Cyber Security Toolkit Utilization
  • CYB 602 Threat Modeling & Intel
  • CYB 603 Cyber Security Ethical Issues
  • CYB 604 Wireless and Mobile Security
  • CYB 606 Net Defense & Cloud Security
Specialization in Ethical Hacking & Pen Testing
  • CYB 608 Ethical Hacking
  • CYB 632 Information Systems Vulnerabilities & Attacks
  • CYB 633 Red Teaming
  • RYB 634 Red vs Blue Team Exercise
Specialization in Information Assurance and Security Policy
  • CYB 608 Ethical hacking
  • CYB 612 Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity
  • CYB 613 Information Assurance
  • CYB 616 Certification & Accreditation
Four classes from chosen specialization classes listed below (One specialization per cohort)
  • CYB 699A Cyber Security Project I
  • CYB 699B Cyber Security Project II
  • CYB 699C Cyber Security Project III
Please review the catalog for specific graduation requirements
The 3 project classes are taken upon completion of the specialization classes, it’s one capstone like project done over 3 months. Students pick their own project and work as a team. Here are some examples of prior projects:
  • Security assessment for local organizations
  • Develop enterprise security plan/program for local organizations
  • Honeypot research
  • Run a cyber competition
  • Develop high school cybersecurity curriculum
We have a very active Career Services Center that offers job fairs, resume reviews, interview prep, and have a great job portal. We also have some internship agreements with some local San Diego companies.