Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Program Overview

Learn With a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

In the first six months of 2017, almost two billion data records were lost or stolen due to cyberattacks — an increase of 164 percent from 2016.1 From Target to Uber and Equifax to JPMorgan Chase, high-profile cybersecurity breaches now appear in the news just about every day. With Utica College's online cybersecurity degree, you'll gain the expertise to prevent and respond to these threats.

In the first six months of 2017, almost two billion data records were lost or stolen due to cyberattacks — an increase of 164 percent from 2016.1 From Target to Uber and Equifax to JPMorgan Chase, high-profile cybersecurity breaches now appear in the news just about every day. With Utica College's online cybersecurity degree, you'll gain the expertise to prevent and respond to these threats.

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Fast Facts

Modality

100% Online

Total Credits

120

Cost Per Credit

$475

Time To Complete

4–6 years

Specializations

4

 
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          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:

          • Information assurance
          • Digital forensics
          • Intrusion investigations
          • Cyber operations
          • Fraud investigations
          • Homeland security
          • Emergency management

          The curriculum is informed by our cutting-edge Center for Identity Management and Information Protection, as well as best practices of federal agencies and multi-national corporations like the Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Securities and Exchange Commission, Deloitte, Prudential, and K2 Intelligence.

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

          Earn a Nationally Recognized Cybersecurity Degree

          The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Utica College 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+, and 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 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.2 Companies need qualified information security experts, with 100,000 cybersecurity jobs posted3 in 2016 alone. That need is an opportunity for you.

          In 2019, the median pay for information security analysts was $99,730.3 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.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 criminal justice, computer hardware and software, system threats, malware analysis, information security, cryptography, and more.

          Plus, you can choose from four 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.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          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 criminal justice, computer hardware and software, system threats, malware analysis, information security, cryptography, and more.

          Plus, you can choose from four 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.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Choose From Four Cybersecurity Specializations

          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:

          • Completed application
          • Résumé
          • Personal Statement
          • Letter of Recommendation
          • Official transcript
            • Official final high school transcripts (with graduation date) are required for all undergraduate students.
            • If you are entering with an associate degree or transferring a minimum of 57 credits from a four-year college, your general educational requirements are considered complete.
          • SAT or ACT scores for first-time freshmen if you’d like these to be considered

          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 College 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:

          • Forensics
          • Counter-terrorism
          • Counter-espionage
          • Cybersecurity
          • Information assurance

          These experienced leaders have helped develop cybersecurity programs at other colleges across the U.S. As a student in the online cybersecurity degree program, you'll directly benefit from their instruction, mentorship, career advice, and network of opportunities.

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          Why Learn Online
          With Utica College?

          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 a program manager.

          You can earn your bachelor's degree by taking one class every 8 weeks in each 16-week semester. With Program Director permission, you can complete the program in a shorter time frame by taking more credits per semester.

          Opportunities abound in this incredible field. There will be 3.5 million unfilled jobs in cybersecurity by 2021 and it's projected cybercrime will cost organizations worldwide $6 trillion.

           

          Companies desperately need qualified information security experts. 100,000 new jobs were posted in 2016 alone, and the median pay for entry-level Information Security Analysts was $95,510 in 2017.

           

          Learn more about your career outlook in cybersecurity.

           

          You don't need a background in cybersecurity or computer science to apply to this program. Learn more about the admission requirements for this program.

          This 120-credit program (variable based on your specialization and senior project) costs $475 per credit hour. Before including fees and other education costs, your tuition estimate is $57,000 or less depending on the amount of credits you need to complete your degree.

          Learn more about tuition for this program.

          It's up to you. We've designed our program to fit into the lives of students as they maintain full-time employment. As such, a typical course load is one class every eight weeks in each 16-week semester. This is considered full-time for financial aid purposes.

          Your success coach will help you create an academic plan that outlines all core, liberal arts, and graduation requirements. Your major and major-related classes will give you a solid foundation of cybersecurity and computer science knowledge and skills. You will also focus your coursework through one of four specializations:

          • Network Forensics and Intrusion Investigation
          • Information Assurance
          • Cybercrime and Fraud Investigation
          • Cyber Operations

          Learn more about how our cybersecurity curriculum prepares you to guard private information, identify network weaknesses, and defend against threats from hackers, malware, and other cyberthreats.

          SOURCES:

          1Graham, L. (2017, September 20). The number of devastating cyberattacks is surging - and it's likely to get much worse. Retrieved January 10, 2019, from https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/20/cyberattacks-are-surging-and-more-data-records-are-stolen.html
          2Morgan, 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/security/cybersecurity-labor-crunch-to-hit-35-million-unfilled-jobs-by-2021.html
          3Information Security Analysts. Retrieved October 14, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm