Become a Leader in the Cybersecurity Industry Through a Cybersecurity Program at GCU
With the increasing frequency and complexity of cyber threats, organizations are actively seeking skilled professionals to protect their digital assets.1 A cybersecurity major can offer a comprehensive curriculum that covers topics such as network security, ethical hacking, cryptography, risk management and incident response. By pursuing a cybersecurity degree, you will be taught valuable knowledge and practical skills that are highly relevant in today's technology-driven world.
Cybersecurity is a quickly evolving field, with growing employment opportunities for those armed with the necessary skills and education.1 As the digital landscape continues to develop, the need to protect businesses, government agencies and personal information increases as well. If you have a desire to defend against security risks and cyber-attacks, consider a degree in cybersecurity.
GCU’s array of cybersecurity degrees can teach you to take proactive and defensive measures against malicious attacks and hackers. The focus is on teaching the hard and soft skills needed to position yourself for a cybersecurity professional role.
Benefits of Pursuing a Cybersecurity Degree from Grand Canyon University
At GCU, you may benefit from abundant resources and technology, including access to the Cyber Center. This hub offers workshops and immersive hands-on experiences, allowing you to expand your skillset and stay up to date with the latest advancements in cybersecurity. With a focus on providing a supportive and learning experience, GCU offers you the opportunity to develop your skills and prepare for the challenges of the cybersecurity field.
About 50% of the program coursework are remote labs that you do on your computer. They’re technical. You get to spin up virtual servers and configure actual cybersecurity solutions on your system. It’s very heavy on technology and hands-on practice.
Choose an Option That Works For You With Flexible Cybersecurity Courses
Choosing a cybersecurity major is a strategic decision for individuals interested in entering the dynamic field of cybersecurity. GCU offers a variety of on-campus and online cybersecurity degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s level to meet you where you are at. Whether you prefer the convenience of online learning or the on-campus experience, our degree programs offer flexibility to accommodate your schedule and learning preferences.
Cybersecurity Degree FAQs
Explore some of the top FAQs surrounding cybersecurity and the degree programs available at Grand Canyon University.
We have gathered a collection of frequently asked questions to offer you valuable insights into the world of cybersecurity programs.
Whether you are contemplating a career in cybersecurity, exploring educational pathways, seeking answers to specific questions or looking to advance in the field, this section aims to address your concerns.
As someone who’s been in the cybersecurity industry for some time, the coursework and content of the class were well-rounded and directly applicable to my industry.
Further Your Career With a Cybersecurity Master’s Degree
Furthering your career with a cybersecurity master's degree can be a transformative step in the ever-evolving field of cybersecurity. This advanced degree can equip you with the advanced skills and strategies needed to tackle complex security challenges and emerging threats. By pursuing a cybersecurity master's degree, you have the opportunity to enhance your understanding of cybersecurity principles, policies and practices, which can potentially open doors to leadership positions and expanded job opportunities in the field.
Whether your career aspirations lie in becoming a cybersecurity analyst, consultant, manager or researcher, a master's degree in cybersecurity can equip you with the essential skills and credibility that can contribute to your success in your desired career path.
While a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for entry into the cybersecurity field, those with graduate degrees are often better equipped to transition into leadership roles. By pursuing a cybersecurity degree, you can open yourself up to a wide array of career pathways that offer the chance to make a substantial impact in the cybersecurity field. Graduates have the opportunity to explore diverse roles, including positions such as:
- Computer and information systems manager
- Computer systems analyst
- Information security analyst
- Computer network architect
- Database architect
- Software developer
- Software quality assurance analyst and tester
- Data scientist
- Network and computer systems administrator
With the growing need for skilled cybersecurity professionals across industries, you can have the chance to contribute to protecting data and systems in this dynamic field.
1Adegunwa, Adeola (2023, Feb. 27). Growing Demand For Skilled Cybersecurity Workforce In This Digital Age. Information Security Buzz. Retrieved on July 1, 2023.
2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts, retrieved on Feb. 22, 2023.
3 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Information Security Analysts as of May 2021, retrieved on July 1, 20233. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as information security analysts. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.
4 JupiterOne (2023). The 2023 State of Cyber Assets Report. Retrieved on July 1, 2023.
5 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2022, Sept. 8). Occupational Outlook Handbook: Information Security Analysts.
6 Grand Canyon University (2021). One Foundation: Grand Canyon University. Retrieved on July 3, 2023.
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