Prepare for an In-Demand Career With GCU’s Online Degree Programs
Grand Canyon University's (GCU) online degree programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields prepare students to pursue a career in a growing and dynamic field. Offered by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, these programs provide convenience for working professionals and are transfer-friendly to help those with an associate degree or other college credits earn their degree and take their career to the next level.
If you are considering a bachelor’s degree in a technology field, consider our Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology or Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity. If you are interested in cybersecurity, but have a bachelor's degree in another field, we are pleased to offer a Bridge (Master of Science in Cybersecurity) to help you prepare for our Master of Science in Cybersecurity. We also offer programs in biology and chemistry with an emphasis in education for those interested in teaching at two- or four-year institutions.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming helps you learn and grow your skills in computer programming languages, software development, cloud computing, project management and more. Prepare for an exciting and in-demand career as a computer programmer, web developer or systems analyst by earning this degree. In addition to improving your programming skills, you will also focus on workplace skills including effective communication, teamwork, strong work ethic, critical thinking and self-confidence, all from the lens of our Christian worldview.
If you are looking to enter the fast-growing world of information technology, then consider GCU's transfer-friendly Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. This program emphasizes security and management, platform technologies, cloud computing and programming fundamentals, with a goal of helping you to build a portfolio and acquire skills to prepare you to compete for IT positions. Upon graduation, you will be prepared for a career as an information security specialist, network support specialist, systems programmer or security analyst.
Benefits of Online Degree Programs
GCU is a leader in delivering online education, with leadership that has more than a decade of experience in helping students find their purpose online. Benefits of earning your degree online at GCU include:
- Flexible and convenient
- Take just one course at a time
- Study with like-minded peers
- Expert faculty at your fingertips
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 Information security analysts have a median annual wage of $103,590 as of May 2020.2
That means there has never been a better time than now to explore a degree program in cybersecurity. Whether you choose our Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity or our Master of Science in Cybersecurity, you will gain skills in cyber defense and cyber operations to help you prepare for a vigorous career protecting computer systems and networks.
STEM Education Masters Programs
Do you want to teach undergraduate courses at a two- or four-year institution? Consider GCU's Master of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Education or Master of Science in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Education. These online degree programs balance core content with pedagogy and classroom techniques to help you prepare for a career in postsecondary education. Our programs satisfy requirements for ongoing professional development and fulfill graduate course requirements so that you can pursue teaching at the college or university level.
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 U.S. 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.