Prepare for Your MS in Cybersecurity With Bridge Courses
The GCU Bridge Master of Science in Cybersecurity program prepares students with unrelated bachelor’s degrees for graduate work in the IT and cybersecurity fields. Students in the cybersecurity bridge program transition into learning about computer programming and IT. They explore topics such as:
- Networks and IT networking
- System administration
- Maintenance and platform
- Data encryption
- Security awareness
- Operational issues
- Security policies
- Attack types
Because bridge coursework does not lead to a degree, the program is condensed. By attending just four courses, cybersecurity bridge program students will learn the basic skills and concepts needed to enter an MS in Cybersecurity program.
Benefits of Taking a Cybersecurity Bridge Program
The following four courses make up the cybersecurity bridge program:
- Introduction to Computer Science and Information Technology
- Platforms and Network Technologies
- System Administration and Maintenance
- Cybersecurity Foundations
These four courses lead students into the GCU graduate program. In this cybersecurity bridge program, students will use the Hackers-with-Halos methodology and gain intensive hands-on experiences. They’ll build comprehensive security programs within virtual environments and learn how to address the primary areas of concern within cybersecurity.
Cybersecurity is a growing field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is growing at a rate of 28 percent over the next 10 years. Students looking for a career change or growth will benefit from learning the IT and cybersecurity skills in this bridge program.
What Comes After a Bridge Program in Cybersecurity?
The cybersecurity bridge program gives graduates the academic foundation to transition into the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program. In the bridge program, the introductory skills such as securing data, assessing virtual environments and managing infrastructures are highlighted.
Completion of these four courses helps you to take the next step of your education and pursue potential career opportunities in IT and cybersecurity after earning your master’s degree. You might find work in positions like:
- Corporate information security officer (CISO)
- Corporate security officer (CSO)
- Director of security
- Senior security engineer/architect
- Security manager
- Information security analyst
If you have aspirations to further your education in the growing field of cybersecurity, the Bridge to MS in Cybersecurity program at GCU can help. You’ll acquire the knowledge and skills needed to lead in a high-demand field.
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.