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Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Learn with a National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

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  • Duration 4 years
  • Cost per Credit $475
  • Credit Hours 120

Program Benefits

  • Endorsed by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security in Cyber Defense
  • RangeForce integrated into curriculum
  • Three forward-thinking specializations
  • Proprietary virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)
  • 6 start dates per year

Set Yourself Apart with Cutting-Edge Skills

Our online cybersecurity degree stands at the forefront of this critical field. You’ll take extensive cybersecurity coursework offered online in topics like:

  • Network security
  • Digital forensics
  • Incident response
  • Threat hunting
  • Cyber operations
  • Fraud investigations

Even better, our program pairs well with a minor in Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

In short, there’s no better place than Utica University to earn your cybersecurity degree.

Guaranteed $500 Scholarship* (full terms below)

Apply by January 6, 2023, and start your degree in January 2023 to receive a guaranteed $500 scholarship* (full terms below). Applicable for the B.S. in Cybersecurity, B.B.A. in Cybersecurity Operations Management, M.S. in Cybersecurity, or M.S. in Cybersecurity Operations Management.

Continue Your Undergraduate Education

This online degree is also a completer program, which means that students may transfer credits into an undergraduate program at Utica University. Students may also complete all 120 credits at Utica University as a full, undergraduate degree. Candidates for the baccalaureate degree must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of study at Utica University. A maximum of 90-98 credits may be transferred from four-year institutions, and 60-64 from two-year institutions, depending on one’s academic major. Transfer students who matriculate with 60 or more credits need to declare a major upon entering Utica University.

Elevate Your Skills with Real-World Simulations

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Gain crucial cybersecurity experience and become a better cyber defender. Many of Utica University’s cybersecurity courses include RangeForce, an innovative cloud-based training platform that simulates real-world cybersecurity battles. You’ll work to conquer threats, beat hacking simulations, and perfect your approach through gamified activities. These immersive experiences are separated into Learning Paths. As you successfully complete each Learning Path, you’ll earn impressive digital badges that you can share on your résumé and on social media platforms like LinkedIn.

Earn a Nationally Recognized Cybersecurity Degree

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Utica University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE/CDE) through the academic year 2024. Because Utica is a CompTIA academic partner, our online cybersecurity degree supports students’ preparation for A+, Security+, Cloud Essentials, and the Network+ certification exams.

Our cybersecurity programs have also been recognized for their excellence by the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), which has designated Utica as one of 15 colleges and universities in the country as a Center for Digital Forensics Academic Excellence.

Get Qualified for In-Demand Cybersecurity Careers

By 2021, there will be more than 3.5 million unfilled jobs in cybersecurity, and it’s projected that cybercrime will cost organizations around the world $6 trillion.1 Companies need qualified information security experts, with 700,000 cybersecurity jobs posted3 October 2021-September 2022 alone. That need is an opportunity for you.

In 2019, the median pay for information security analysts was $99,730.2 This entry-level cybersecurity position requires a bachelor’s degree, and job postings are expected to grow 31 percent by 2029, much faster than the national average for other career paths.2 Meanwhile, there’s a 35% gap in the number of workers needed to fill cybersecurity jobs across the U.S.3

Opportunities abound in this incredible field. Take advantage of them with your online cybersecurity degree.

Jobs and Income

Focus Your Degree for the Job You Want

Our cybersecurity online degree gives you a solid foundation of cybersecurity knowledge and skills.

Your core coursework includes an introduction to cybersecurity, computer hardware and software, programming, information security, network security, cloud security, system threats, cryptography, cyber risk and compliance management, and more.

Plus, you can choose from three specializations in the online cybersecurity degree program to focus your coursework and align your education with your career goals and interests:

You’ll harness this knowledge to guard private information, identify network weaknesses, and defend against threats from hackers, malware, and other cyber threats.

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Choose From Three Cybersecurity Specializations

B.S. in Cybersecurity: Cyber Operations

The Cyber Operations specialization provides skills in defensive and offensive tactics, techniques, and procedures. Develop real-world skills using industry-recognized cyber operations tools. Gain advanced instruction on vulnerability assessments, malware analysis, and incident response.

B.S. in Cybersecurity: Cybercrime and Fraud Investigation

Prepare to lead the fight against digital white-collar crimes such as fraud, money laundering, and corruption. Learn about modern payment systems from a global perspective while studying techniques to prevent, detect, and investigate fraud. Discover counter-efforts that include fraud prevention and fraud detection technologies that include digital forensics skills.

B.S. in Cybersecurity: Digital Forensics and Incident Response

Pursue your passion for collecting evidence and investigating computer crimes such as fraud, ransomware and data theft with courses that emphasize a comprehensive understanding of the forensic tools and techniques used to investigate and analyze network-related incidents and preserve digital evidence. Computer crime encompasses a wide range of illegal activities that cost corporations revenue and pose a threat to our national security and individuals alike. In this 100% online master’s program, you’ll gain the skills you need for cyber forensics certifications and make an impact in this rapidly growing field.

Admission Requirements

Our B.S. in Cybersecurity accepts applications from first-time freshmen, as well as students with some college credit. To apply, you’ll need the following:

You don’t need prior cybersecurity education or computer science training to apply.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

The online cybersecurity program consists of 120 credits and costs $475 per credit hour. Utica University is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid, from scholarships to military benefits.

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Learn from Cybersecurity Experts

Our cybersecurity faculty members have a robust background in the industry and many years of combined experience educating cybersecurity professionals.

They’re experts in fields such as:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital forensics
  • Incident response
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Counter-espionage

As a student in the online cybersecurity degree program, you’ll directly benefit from the faculty’s instruction, mentorship, career advice, and network of opportunities.

Stephanie Nesbitt

Stephanie R. Nesbitt, J.D., MBA

Dean, School of Business and Justice Studies/Associate Professor Risk Management & Insurance

Stephanie R. Nesbitt, J.D., MBA, has more than 20 years of experience working in the risk management and insurance industry. She is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and is a former Wiley Faculty Fellow.

Nesbitt’s research is in the development and effective teaching of business education programs and legal issues in cybersecurity. Prior to joining Utica University, she was the risk manager and associate counsel for Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare.

Nesbitt has been a featured speaker at several national, statewide and regional industry conferences on topics such as insurance cost allocation methods, the impact of risk management on healthcare quality, individual and team accountability to improve healthcare quality, and HIPAA and patient privacy.

She also holds a third-degree black belt in karate and is an avid runner.

Honors and Distinctions

  • J.D. from University at Buffalo School of Law
  • MBA from Syracuse University
  • B.A. in Speech Communication from Ithaca College
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association and Academy of Management

Selected Publications

  • Nesbitt, Stephanie, R., Matthew D. Marmet, Tracy M. Balduzzi, and Rick Fenner. The Impact of Behavioral Engagement on Outcomes in Graduate Business Blended Learning Environments. The BRC Academy Journal of Education 7, no. 1 (2018): 79–99. http://dx.doi.org/10.15239/j.brcacadje.2018.07.01.ja04
  • Norrie, J. and Nesbitt, S. (2016). Into the Cyber Breach Go U.S. Government Regulators. Frontline Safety and Security, 11(4), 30–33. http://security.frontline.online/article/2016/4/5721-FTC-and-Cybersecurity-Oversight

Benefits of Being an Online Student

Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You’ll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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Planning Your Budget

Paying for an online education doesn’t have to be stressful. We’ve compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Advancing your life and career with an online cybersecurity degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven’t covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

You can work a full-time job while completing the online B.S. in Cybersecurity program on a part-time schedule. This timeline lets you take short breaks between courses without penalty. Visit the courses page to learn more.

Join the online B.S. in Cybersecurity program to build the expertise to advance your career in a growing field. After graduation, you can pursue these positions:

  • Information security analyst, which had a median annual salary of $103,590 in 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Information assurance engineer, which has an average annual salary of $92,785 according to PayScale
  • Computer network security administrator, which has an average annual salary of $68,088 according to PayScale

Explore additional opportunities on the careers page.

The cost per credit in the online B.S. in Cybersecurity program is $475. The program is 120 credit hours, and the total estimated tuition is $57,000. However, Utica University helps reduce your tuition by accepting up to 90 transfer credits for this program. Visit the tuition page for additional details.

Yes, you can pursue the B.S. in Cybersecurity degree as a full-time student. Visit the courses page to learn about the courses you will complete during this online program.

The number of courses that you will take depends on the electives and core credits that you choose.

Your specialization courses will focus on these career-aligned areas of cybersecurity:

  • Cyber Operations
  • Cybercrime and Fraud Investigation
  • Digital Forensics and Incident Response

To graduate faster, you can transfer up to 90 credits from regionally accredited universities. Review the curriculum details by visiting the courses page.

You do not need specific work experience to apply to the online B.S. in Cybersecurity program. However, you will provide your professional résumé with your application. Learn more about the application requirements on the admissions page.

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Sources and Disclaimer

  1. Morgan, S. (2017, June 06). Cybersecurity labor crunch to hit 3.5 million unfilled jobs by 2021. Retrieved January 10, 2019, from https://www.csoonline.com/article/3200024/cybersecurity-labor-crunch-to-hit-35-million-unfilled-jobs-by-2021.html.
  2. Information Security Analysts. Retrieved October 14, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm.
  3. CyberSeek (n.d.). Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map. Retrieved November 9, 2022, from https://www.cyberseek.org/heatmap.html.

*Students must apply by 1/6/2023, enroll in one of Utica University’s online Cybersecurity programs (B.S. Cybersecurity, M.S. Cybersecurity, B.B.A. Cybersecurity Operations Management, and M.S. Cybersecurity Operations Management), be accepted by the institution, and start classes on or before 1/17/2023 in order to be eligible for this scholarship. A limited number of tuition discount scholarships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Eligible students will receive a total credit towards tuition of $500 which shall be provided in 2 financial aid disbursements of $250; this credit is not refundable to you. To confirm tuition discount and online program details, please consult an enrollment counselor at uticaonline@utica.edu. Please note that the scholarship offer is for tuition only and could affect your financial aid award. Please contact the Financial Aid office to discuss it further. Information presented may be revised without notice.