Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security

Why consider cyber security? Given that approximately 84 percent of cyber security jobs call for a background with at least a bachelor's degree, according to a Burning Glass study, it could be a smart idea to start working on a degree to pursue a career in this high-demand field.1 Keep in mind that there were nearly 240,000 job positions posted nationwide for cyber security professionals in 2014 and that job postings have increased by 91 percent from 2010 to 2014 alone.2

Colorado Technical University's Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security degree program:

  • Has been identified by the Department of Homeland Security and the NSA as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD), meaning CTU’s cyber security curriculum has been certified to map to DHS/NSA cyber security knowledge units – a recognition that CTU holds through 20213
  • Offers the opportunity to pursue certifications with either CompTIA Security+ or Network+
  • Has two concentrations offerings: Computer Systems Security and Information Assurance

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcomission.org

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  • Total Credits 

    186
  • Program Availability

    Colorado Springs | Denver | Online

Program Details

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  • Program Outline

    Expanding Cyber Security Knowledge and Skill Sets

    Students who enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security program on campus or online at CTU start their learning with general education courses in subjects such as algebra, composition, and science so that they can round out their skills and increase their overall knowledge. From there, they move on to the core areas of their degree program, taking classes such as:

    • Computer Forensics I and II
    • Principles of Network Security
    • Security Compliance
    • Software Assurance
    • Scripting with Perl
    • Vulnerability Assessment and Management

    The degree program also includes coursework in the Cyber Security area of specialization so that students may sit for either the CompTIA Security+ or Network+ certification exams. This coursework comprises 64 quarter credits of the overall 186 needed for the degree, but the real question may be why this certification is so important. As the Burning Glass study points out, 35 percent of cyber security jobs require an industry certification compared with just 23 percent of IT jobs overall.

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  • Tuition

    Tuition

    Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and many other factors. The information below represents standard per-credit-hour tuition rates for CTU degree programs online and at our campuses.

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  • Ways to Save

    Ways to Save

    Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:

    Students in CTU bachelor's degree programs typically bring a wealth of work experience and industry knowledge to the classroom. CTU Fast Track™ lets students earn college credit for what they already know. As a result, students can complete their degree up to 30% faster. Just as important, by passing multiple Fast Track exams, students can save up to 30% on tuition because they won’t have pay for the classes they test out of. There’s no additional cost for the exams and no penalty if a student fails to pass.*

    Take a look at the list of current Fast Track courses and see how much you can save with Fast Track. Military students, see the breakdown here.

    If you’re interested in pursuing a CTU master’s degree after your bachelor’s, talk to your advisor about Master’s Advantage. With this program, students enrolled in a bachelor’s program have the option to substitute two graduate courses for two undergraduate courses.

    *The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track™ tests successfully passed. Fast Track™ program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible subject to change.

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  • Outcomes

    The Growing Cyber Security Field

    Students who finish the cyber security degree at CTU should gain a holistic understanding of the cyber security field. In fact, they should be well-equipped to demonstrate their knowledge and competency in the field upon graduation. This includes the ability to:

    • Define the specific security needs of an organization
    • Assess risk management to help ensure a company is well-protected
    • Maintain and troubleshoot security systems for an enterprise
    • Update security systems to meet new standards or protocols or to protect against new threats

    A degree never guarantees a job, but an education can be essential to compete in the field. Job growth for cyber security positions is expected to be much faster than average from 2014 to 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), reaching 19 percent and leading to 14,800 new positions potentially becoming available during that time.5

    In fact, when students are done with their Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security, they may be able to pursue an occupation as one of the following:6

    • Database Analyst, Administrator or Engineer
    • Network Engineer or Specialist
    • Information Security Analyst or Engineer
    • Systems Administrator
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1http://burning-glass.com/research/cybersecurity/ (Visited 2/3/16)

2http://burning-glass.com/wp-content/uploads/Cybersecurity_Jobs_Report_2015.pdf, page 3 (Visited 2/3/16)

3CTU has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity for academic years 2014-2021 for its cybersecurity and information assurance programs 

4Availability is dependent on concentration selected.

5http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm#tab-6 (Visited 2/3/16)

6http://burning-glass.com/job-market-data/; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.

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