Tuition and Fees for Your Cybersecurity Education

The Cost Effective Cybersecurity Education Path

The University of Fairfax's Online Cybersecurity Education Path (CEP) can take you from your Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification through your cybersecurity doctorate in manageable steps that enable you to earn academic credentials as well as cybersecurity certifications along the way. As you achieve these milestones, you'll enhance your career, even while still enrolled in school. As shown below, by following the CEP you'll:

  • Earn the credentials you seek at your own pace
  • Experience positive career impacts while you are still in school
  • Apply credits earned and tuition paid at each step
  • Use your tuition dollars cost effectively to earn multiple credentials concurrently

Tuition per Semester Credit

Tuition at the University of Fairfax is $895 per semester credit. Tuition and fees are described in detail in the University catalog and are subject to change without notice.

Tuition and Fees for Each Three-Credit Course

Typically, students enroll in one three-credit course per eight-week course session. The total tuition per three-credit course is $2,685. Fees per course are $125. All fees are described in detail in the University catalog.

Textbooks

Textbooks are not included in tuition and fees. The estimated average cost of books per course is $150. The University's Master Booklist identifies required and optional textbooks for all courses. Direct links to Amazon and CourseSmart (eBooks) for purchasing books are available to students on the University's online platform.

Total Program Tuition

Total tuition for each of the University's most popular cybersecurity programs, all of which are major steps along the CEP, is shown in Tuition Table Steps 1-3 as follows:

  • Tuition Step 1: CISSP Boot Camp (class IA7000)
  • Tuition Step 2: MS in Cyber Security Management (MSCSM)
  • Tuition Step 3: Cybersecurity Doctorate (DIA)

Refunds

A student who cancels in any manner within five days of signing an Enrollment Agreement (referred to as a Cancellation Period) will receive a 100% refund of all monies paid, within thirty (30) days of notification. The refund will exclude the non-refundable application fee.

Students who withdraw from a course after the Cancellation Period receive refunds on a percentage basis according to the student’s withdrawal date in relation to the most recent period of enrollment for which the student has paid. Any refunds due students will be received within 30 days of notification of drop/withdrawal as shown below:

Date of Drop/Withdrawal Refund Due

Prior to Week 1*

100%*

Week 1

100% *

Week 2

80% *

Week 3

75%*

Week 4

50% *

Weeks 5-7

25% *

Week 8

No Refund

*Weeks are defined as Sunday – Saturday.

Tuition for 1 Class $2,685
Student withdraws day 11 $80% Refund
Amount of Tuition Refunded $2,148

 

STEP 1: CISSP Boot Camp (class IA7000)

Credential CEP Steps Required Total Credits Required Total Tuition*
Cybersecurity Best Practices-CISSP Graduate Certificate Steps 1 3 $2,685

If you already hold the CISSP you will skip Step 1 and begin your education path at Step 2.
The tuition of $2685 paid for the three-credit IA7000 course at Step 1 applies to the tuition for Step 2 - the Masters of Science in Cyber Security Management (MSCSM).

 

Step 2: MS in Cyber Security Management (MSCSM)

Credential CEP Steps
Required
Total Credits
Required
Total Tuition*
Master of Science in Cyber Security Management (MSCSM) Steps 1 36 $32,220

Successfully complete 62 additional academic credits to earn your Doctorate of Information Assurance (DIA).

 

Step 3: Cybersecurity Doctorate (DIA)

Credential CEP Steps
Required
Total Credits
Required
Total Tuition*
Doctorate in Information Assurance Steps 1 & 2 62 $55,490

 

 

 

Cybersecurity Education Path Cost Graph

The Cost Effective Cybersecurity Education Path

As our alumni and student profiles attest, when you invest in yourself and follow the cost effective CEP, you can earn credentials along the way that help you achieve your ultimate educational goal and enhance your cybersecurity career, even while you're still attending school.

Step 1
Complete the CISSP Boot Camp (CISSP Prep Course IA7000)
Total Credits Earned = 3

Successfully complete three academic credits in our CISSP Boot Camp. These three credits apply to Steps 2 and 3 – reducing total number of credits required to earn either your Masters or Doctorate degree.

Step 2
Earn a Masters of Science in Cyber Security Management (MSCSM)
Total Credits Earned in Steps 1+2 = 36

Successfully complete another 33 academic credits and you will receive the Masters of Science in Cyber Security Management (MSCSM) degree. The 33 credits also apply to Steps 3 of your Cybersecurity Doctorate (DIA).

Step 3
Earn a Doctorate in Information Assurance (DIA)
Total Credits Earned in Steps 1+2+3 = 98

Successfully complete 62 additional academic credits beyond Step 2 to earn your Cybersecurity Doctorate.

 

Financial Aid

Be sure to read about the multiple financial aid options that exist to assist you in financing your University of Fairfax education.

 

 

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U of F Cybersecurity Education Path

Education Path
Distinguish yourself and advance your cybersecurity career by following the University of Fairfax Online Cybersecurity Education Path. No matter which graduate program you pursue, all of your courses will explore relevant cybersecurity policy and management issues, and you will complete a cybersecurity project in each course. You can apply what you learn and make significant contributions in your workplace right away.
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