Program Details

Bridge (Master of Science in Cyber Security)

Offered By: College of Science, Engineering, & Technology
Next Start Date: Jan 15, 2018
Program Now Enrolling
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 16
Online: 7 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $470 per credit. [ More Info ]

Prepare to Protect Organizations from Threats

Grand Canyon University’s Bridge (Master of Science in Cyber Security) program provides the IT foundation and cyber security framework for career changers or those interested in the field who have an accredited bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field. You will develop the knowledge base to transition into more in-depth learning with an introduction to computer programming and IT. Moving through the cyber security bridge program, you will explore networks and IT networking, as well as system administration, maintenance and platform technologies at the fundamental level. The final course focuses on the core issues and underlying concepts of information security, such as data encryption, security awareness, operational issues, security policies and attack types.

Foundational Learning for Advancing Cyber Security Skills

The following bridge courses prepare you to segue into the master's degree program:

  • Introduction to Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Platforms and Network Technologies
  • System Administration and Maintenance
  • Cyber Security Foundations

Acquiring this foundational knowledge sets you up for entering the graduate program where you will engage with the application of Hackers-with-Halos methodology and gain intensive hands-on experiences while building a comprehensive security program within a virtual environment that captures the primary areas of concern within cyber security.

Your Next Degree

Graduates of the cyber security bridge program will have the academic foundation to transition into the Master of Science in Cyber Security program. You will possess the introductory skills to further advance your understanding of protecting financial properties, securing data, assessing virtual environments and managing infrastructures. Continuing onto higher learning beyond this bridge program leverages a competitive advantage as you prepare to effectively lead in cyber security practices for an organization.

Completion of these four courses, 4 credits each, positions you to take the next step of your education and pursue potential career opportunities (upon earning your master’s degree) like corporate information security officer (CISO), corporate security officer (CSO), director of security, senior security engineer/architect, security manager, senior security application developer or information security analyst.

Course List

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Major:
16 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
16 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course provides a foundation for programming and problem solving using computer programming, as well as an introduction to the academic discipline of IT. Topics include variables, expressions, functions, control structures, and pervasive IT themes: IT history, organizational issues, and relationship of IT to other computing disciplines. The course prepares students for advanced concepts and techniques in programming and information technology, including object-oriented design, data structures, computer systems, and networks. The laboratory reinforces and expands learning of principles introduced in the lecture. Hands-on activities focus on writing code that implements concepts discussed in lecture and on gaining initial exposure to common operating systems, enterprise architectures, and tools commonly used by IT professionals. Prerequisite: MAT-154.

Course Description

This course exposes students to the fundamentals of networks and networking in IT. It then builds deeper understanding of how networks work, including the topics of LANs, WANs, service providers, packets, hubs, routers, switches, and Internet protocols. The laboratory reinforces and expands learning of principles introduced in the lecture. Hands-on activities focus on setting up and configuring local and enterprise networks, experimenting with various topologies, and scalability planning with routers and switches. Prerequisite: CST-111 or CST-105.

Course Description

This course introduces students to system administration and maintenance as well as platform technologies. The course surveys operating systems, applications, administrative activities and domains, computer architecture and organization, and computing infrastructures. The laboratory reinforces and expands learning of principles introduced in the lecture. Hands-on activities focus on developing practical skills in configuring computer systems, deploying enterprise applications, managing user permissions, and remote administration. Prerequisite: ITT-116.

Course Description

This course builds upon knowledge already acquired in the areas of system architecture and operating systems and focuses on the core issues of information security. Students learn fundamental concepts of information security including data encryption, security awareness, legal and ethical issues, operational issues, security policies, and attack types; while expanding on the coverage to include security domains, forensics, security services, threat analysis, and vulnerabilities assessments. Prerequisite: ITT-120, or ITT-121 or CST-125 or CST-126 or CST-220 or CST-221.

Program Locations

Online

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.

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