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B.S. in Cybersecurity: Cyber Operations Specialization

Protect Networks With Proven Cyber-Defense Strategies

Gain Global Information Grid Experience

In-Demand Career Opportunities

Curriculum Strongly Focused on UNIX

Earn Digital Badges

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

Program Benefits

  • National Security Agency and Dept. of Homeland Security designated leader in cybersecurity education
  • Curriculum informed by the Secret Service, Securities Exchange Commission, and more
  • 6 start dates per year

Gain Expert-Level Knowledge of Operating System Defense

Address one of the hottest topics in cybersecurity with the Cyber Operations specialization of Utica University’s online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity.

You’ll delve into cyber-defense strategies that keep organizations safe from cyber threats. Plus, you’ll learn to embed security measures directly into the emerging Global Information Grid and create encryption codes that allow users to pass information between systems securely.

Utica University is a leader in cybersecurity education, designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.

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 an impressive digital badge that you can share on your résumé and on social media platforms like LinkedIn.

Career Outlook

The rate of cyberattacks is outpacing the number of skilled professionals who can detect, prevent, stop, and mitigate their damage. One in four companies say they’ve lost proprietary data as a result of this cybersecurity skills gap1, and it’s predicted there will be 1–2 million unfilled cybersecurity positions by 2019.2

The hardest jobs to fill involve intrusion detection, secure software development, and attack mitigation1 — which are just some of the top skills you can learn in our Cyber Operations specialization. Graduate prepared to qualify for up to 84 percent of U.S. cybersecurity postings that demand a bachelor’s degree, roles that pay, on average, 9 percent more than similar IT positions.3



As a penetration tester (also known as a white-hat hacker), you’d put your understanding of complex security measures to work to break the system. You would use a variety of tools — some of which you might create yourself — to find holes in your company’s security before bad actors do. You’d also search for passive threats to network integrity, such as poor passwords, and work to mitigate them.4

Other titles you may qualify for:

  • Computer Network Defense (CND)
  • Computer Network Attack (CNA)
  • Computer Network Exploitation (CNE)
  • Computer Network Operations (CNO)
Jobs and Income


With a unique focus on UNIX and extensive coursework in computer science and programming, defensive and offensive tactics, and vulnerability assessments and penetration testing, this specialization provides you with the skills to keep your organization safe. Explore incident response to system compromise, risk management decision-making, and legal and regulatory analyses. You will also learn about building secure audio and video equipment, protecting products from tampering, providing trusted microelectronics solutions, and more.

Course Spotlight: CYB 339 – Cyber Operations Tools

Learn how to analyze the output of computer programs and scripts for cyber operations, cybersecurity, and computer forensics applications. You’ll develop a virtualized computing environment to work with cyber operations tools.

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Course Spotlight: CYB 438 – System Vulnerability Assessments

Gain practical experience conducting vulnerability assessments and prepare reports as you discover threats to information systems and processes. Explore methods for determining vulnerability, including audits, assessments, penetration tests, and architecture reviews.

More Options for Your Degree

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Advancing your life and career with an online 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 in approximately three years 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 60–63-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 $28,500–$29,925.

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.

To begin with, you’ll take classes that give you a solid foundation of cybersecurity and computer science knowledge and skills. You will also focus your coursework through one of three specializations:

  • Network Forensics and Intrusion Investigation
  • 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.


  1. McAfee (2016, July 27). Hacking the Skills Shortage. Retrieved December 4, 2018, from
  2. ISACA (2015, January). ISACA and CSX, Global Cybersecurity Status Report. Retrieved December 4, 2018, from
  3. Burning Glass Labor Insights (2015). Burning Glass Report: Job Market Intelligence: Cybersecurity Jobs, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2018, from
  4. Payscale (2018). “Penetration Tester Salary.” Retrieved December 4, 2018, from