What is a Cybersecurity degree?
Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree program was developed with industry guidance to produce highly skilled, well-equipped cybersecurity professionals. As an increasing number of cyberattacks and information security threats hit our nation, expert cybersecurity professionals are in significant demand by government agencies, defense firms, financial services and companies in a wide range of industries that handle private data.
The BS in cybersecurity degree program responds to this strong industry demand by:
- Exposing students to training and curriculum designed to prepare them for real-world situations
- Instructing students to prevent data breaches, protect against various types of cybercrime and address vulnerabilities.
- Revealing the importance of adapting quickly to changing technology and industry standards
- Instilling an attitude of continual learning in a fast-evolving digital field
Students will gain knowledge in defending digital spaces, computer environments, networks and sensitive information from malicious software developers and hackers. This program teaches and assesses competency in all aspects of defensive cybersecurity, cyber law and cyber ethics. Areas of study include: information assurance foundations, digital forensic investigations, malware reverse engineering, wireless security, security architecture design, security frameworks and secure system administration.
The program emphasizes critical thinking, real-world application and practical project management experience. Students further develop valuable workplace skills, such as effective communication, teamwork, initiative, strong work ethic, analytical skills, adaptability and self-confidence. GCU’s Christian worldview is also integrated in the program, so students can learn professional and ethical practices associated with cybersecurity.
This is a technical degree that incorporates real-world, hands-on application of theoretical concepts. Students have opportunities to participate in cybersecurity competitions.
How long does it take to get a bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity?
Students typically complete the program in four years; however, students may speak with their counselor about fast-track options to graduate earlier by taking summer classes on campus or online. GCU strives to support students in accelerating their time to completion, so they can enter their career or graduate school sooner.
What requirements are needed for a Cybersecurity degree?
To begin earning a cybersecurity bachelor’s degree, apply to the College of Science, Engineering and Technology by completing the form located to the right, beneath “APPLY TODAY!” Program applicants will follow the standard application process. Undergraduate Campus and Online Admission Requirements provides more information on degree program requirements and qualifications.
This program’s cybersecurity courses include:
- Platform and Network Technologies
- Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age
- Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking
- Cyber Forensic Investigations
- IT Business Case Planning for Global Enterprise
- Security Driven Systems Administration
- Analysis, Design and Management of Secure Corporate Networks
In teams, students will have the opportunity to implement and present a real-world applied research and design project as part of their IT Project course.
What can I do with a bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity?
Working in cyber intelligence is a highly valued, lucrative career with room for advancement. Potential occupations in the field include cybersecurity technicians, security operation center analysts, penetration testers, malware analysts and digital forensic technicians, as well as positions in defensive cybersecurity operations for public and private sectors.
To elevate credentials and deepen experience, graduates can earn a Master of Science in Cybersecurity from GCU, as well as explore vendor training and professional certifications. These additional credentials help professionals stay ahead of emerging threats, as well as stay up-to-date on current attack vectors, incoming trends and new technologies and techniques.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.