Earn a Cybersecurity Degree

Protect People, Businesses and Governments from Cyberattacks

Cybersecurity is a quickly evolving field, with growing employment opportunities for those armed with the necessary skills and education. 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 equip students to take proactive and defensive measures against malicious attacks and hackers. Build both the hard skills and soft skills you need to be successful as a cybersecurity professional. Benefit from GCU’s extensive resources and up-to-date technology, including a Cyber Center which offers workshops and hands-on experience to broaden your skillset.

A cybersecurity degree can provide you with the needed skills to be successful in IT and cyber defense. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates job growth for information security analysts to increase by about 31% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than average, accounting for an estimated increase of 40,900 jobs in the field.1 As a qualified candidate, you can help meet this growing need upon graduation. Additionally, due to the necessary technical skills as well as the fast pace and the evolving nature of cybersecurity, information security analysts have a median annual wage of $103,590 as of May 2020.2


Find Your Cybersecurity Degree

GCU offers a variety of cybersecurity bachelor’s and master’s degrees to meet you where you are at. Our campus and online degrees provide flexibility with your schedule and learning preferences.

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Information Security Analyst 10 Year Career Growth*

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Continuing Your Cyber Education

While a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for entry into the cybersecurity field, those with graduate degrees are better equipped to transition into leadership positions. Undergraduate degrees focus on developing the technical skills needed as an information security analyst; however, those with cybersecurity master’s degrees may find entry into higher positions such as:

  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Information Security Analyst 
  • Computer Network Support Specialist
  • Computer Network Architect 
  • Database Architect 
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator 

MS Cybersecurity degrees introduce students to advanced skills and strategies including systems security and network security, but also provide a focus on building managerial and communication skills for effective leadership. As cybersecurity departments become increasingly sophisticated, there will be a need for individuals who have both technical and leadership skills. GCU’s MS in Cybersecurity program can prepare you to grow professionally as cybersecurity departments expand.

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1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2019, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts

2 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Information Security Analysts as of May 2020. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 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.

Our degree programs are designed to provide the skills and credentials needed to advance your career. Find a degree that aligns with your career goals.

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