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Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

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.

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  • Duration 2-4 years
  • Cost per Credit $475
  • Credit Hours 120

Program Benefits

  • Proprietary virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)
  • Endorsed by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security
  • Four forward-thinking specializations
  • Promising career outlook

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
  • Incident Response
  • 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.

Certification: Lead Investigations in Cryptocurrency Fraud and Theft

Through a unique partnership with CipherTrace — a leading cryptocurrency intelligence company — you can become a CipherTrace Certified Examiner (CTCE) and learn how to analyze and trace funds lost in cryptocurrency fraud and theft. You’ll use the same tools and get the same CTCE training as regulators and law enforcement members around the world do in becoming expert cryptocurrency financial investigators.

Once certified, you’ll be able to complete an active investigation at CipherTrace and write the case report, giving you direct, hands-on experience and demonstrating an incredibly valuable skill set to employers.

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.

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Choose From Four Cybersecurity Specializations

B.S. in Cybersecurity: Cyber Operations

Specialize in one of cybers leading topics. Learn about defensive and offensive tactics, techniques, and procedures, and gain advanced instruction and training in UNIX.

B.S. in Cybersecurity: Cybercrime and Fraud Investigation

Learn computer forensics skills with a focus in economic and white-collar crime, and fraud prevention and detection, so you’re prepared to lead the fight against digital white-collar crimes and the cybercriminals who commit them.

B.S. in Cybersecurity: Information Assurance

Gain a systematic approach to establishing, managing, and operating an effective IA program, as you master the methodologies, plans, and practices to protect critical information systems.

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

Gain a hybrid skillset in computer science, computer forensics, and vulnerability assessment so you can investigate cyber-related incidents and bring internet criminals to justice.

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 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.

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 College, 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 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 Incident Response
  • 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

  1. Graham, 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
  2. 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
  3. Information Security Analysts. Retrieved October 14, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm