BS in Applied Cybersecurity Management Degree

Bachelor of Science in Applied Cybersecurity Management

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Cybersecurity Management degree at Grand Canyon University (GCU) prepares you to be a competitive candidate for information technology (IT) security positions. This applied cybersecurity management degree, online or on campus, provides you with the knowledge and skillset you need to become an effective leader in the IT industry.

Our applied cybersecurity program is offered through the Colangelo College of Business, which means that, along with essential cybersecurity principles, you will also learn important management and leadership skills. With this knowledge, you will be prepared to lead within technical and non-technical spaces in your organization.

Understand Cybersecurity as a Manager During an Applied Cybersecurity Program

Cybersecurity leaders must possess knowledge of both IT and team leadership. As a graduate of this applied cybersecurity program, you will feel confident in your ability to fulfill knowledge and skill requirements for high-level IT management positions. Upon completing the program, you will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate business decisions and technical information
  • Problem-solve and improve cybersecurity processes by evaluating trends and resources
  • Demonstrate how improved information systems lead to improved relationships with stakeholders and the community
  • Apply servant leadership principles to collaborative team environments and other relationships within an organization
  • Understand ethical and legal consequences that may occur in the global cybersecurity industry

Through your understanding of the technical and business worlds, you can look forward to leading others, making important business decisions and problem-solving to improve cybersecurity functioning within an organization.

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Benefits of GCU’s Bachelor’s in Applied Cybersecurity Program

There are various reasons to consider earning your applied cybersecurity management degree online or on campus at GCU. Along with the opportunity to jumpstart your career in your field of interest, you can also take advantage of multiple modality options and advanced degree opportunities later on.

Our applied cybersecurity management degree at GCU is offered online, making it a feasible option for working adult learners. Online learning at GCU provides the same top-tier education, wealth of support and plentiful resources as traditional on-campus programs. However, through an applied cybersecurity management degree online, you can earn your STEM degree in a format that makes sense for you and your lifestyle.

Aspiring cybersecurity professionals or current IT experts both have options to advance their careers at GCU. We offer various online STEM programs for those interested in developing their knowledge of cybersecurity, from an online certificate program to an advanced master’s in cybersecurity.

The essential knowledge learned through our applied cybersecurity program at GCU prepares you to be an ideal candidate for advanced STEM degrees. Dive deeper into the field and fulfill your career aspirations by exploring STEM graduate degrees in various disciplines, such as computer science, information technology, software engineering and data science.

Learn Applicable Cybersecurity Management Skills and Concepts

In this applied cybersecurity management degree, you will cover various course topics, where you will master critical cybersecurity skills needed for a successful career in the field. Some of the course topics you will study include:

  • Understanding computer technology and analysis
  • Cyberlaw and privacy
  • Cybersecurity fundamentals
  • Marketing
  • Making financial decisions
  • Managing information security
  • IT ethics
  • Management and leadership for cybersecurity

The material learned in these courses serves to provide you with a well-rounded base of knowledge in both cybersecurity and management.

Careers for Graduates With a BS in Applied Cybersecurity Management

Applied cybersecurity degree graduates can look forward to various job opportunities within the IT field. Some of the jobs you may go on to pursue include:

  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Network and computer systems administrator
  • Information security analyst
  • Computer network support specialist

BS in Applied Cybersecurity Management Degree FAQs

Browse our frequently asked questions to learn more about a career in the cybersecurity field and earning your applied cybersecurity degree.

While an applied degree and a non-applied degree may focus on the same major topics, they are not completely the same. A bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity management will focus more on theoretical knowledge, concepts and the practical application of that knowledge. Meanwhile, an applied cybersecurity degree includes more hands-on learning, such as problem solving and working in team environments.

The first step is to earn an undergraduate degree in cybersecurity or a closely related field. You may also want to earn cybersecurity or information systems certifications, which some employers may require. It is also beneficial for you to seek out experience in the form of internships or entry-level jobs, as many cybersecurity managers must have prior experience in a related field.

Students in cybersecurity programs at GCU need specific computer capabilities to be able to successfully complete the program and prepare for their careers in the IT field. Specific computer requirements for cybersecurity majors can be found in the GCU University Policy Handbook.

Yes. Employers evaluate candidates not on the modality of their bachelor’s degree, but on their experience, demonstration of their knowledge and ability to successfully carry out their responsibilities. They will also take college accreditation into account. As online degrees become more mainstream, it is known that students can gain the same high level of education online as from a traditional on-campus format.

Cybersecurity management involves monitoring, analyzing and communicating cybersecurity processes within an organization. The management side of this career takes it beyond a typical cybersecurity position, as you oversee managing resources, business decisions, policies, teams and strategies regarding cybersecurity for an organization.

If you’re considering earning your cybersecurity degree and enrolling in an applied cybersecurity management program, fill out the form on this page to get started.

Total Credits: 120
Campus: 15 weeks
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Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Campus: $8,250 per semester [More Info]
Online: $485 per credit [More Info]

Course List

General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
48 credits
Open Elective Credits:
32-38 credits
Degree Requirements:
120 credits

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.


Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.

Course Options

  • UNV-103, University Success: 4
  • UNV-303, University Success: 4
  • UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4


Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.

Course Options

  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4


Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.

Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4


Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.

Course Options

  • MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
  • MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
  • PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
  • BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4


Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.

Course Options

  • HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
  • PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4

Core Courses

Course Description

This course is an exploration of the financial reports and tools used by managers to make decisions and analyze the performance of a business entity.

Course Description

This course introduces core components of computer, information systems, and analytics technology. Students examine how organizations use technologies to analyze business processes and data and learn fundamental skills for business analytics.

Course Description

The Internet Age has introduced myriad legal challenges on a global level. Students will explore the emerging specialty within law that is cyber law. Topics will expose the reality that our legal system has evolved in a physical and visual world, but cyber space is largely invisible and virtual. Students will learn that past legal decisions or legal precedence has been important in our system and reasoning by analogy has been used extensively. In many cases the laws applied in the physical realm do not translate equally well into cyber space. This course will discuss the importance of this area introduce legal issues that need to be addressed.

Course Description

This course introduces models and practices used by contemporary marketers in fast-paced, dynamic, domestic and global markets, including the marketing concept and processes for developing, implementing, and assessing the effectiveness of marketing plans. Building from a foundational understanding of consumer behavior and marketing research, students examine the development and implementation of marketing mix strategies and tactics with an emphasis of how marketing integrates within all aspects of business.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course teaches students to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems, developing and testing hypotheses as they learn to create a new product or service.

Course Description

This course examines various areas of information technology project management. Traditional and agile project management topics are covered with specific focus on information technology projects. A project management software scheduling tool is also used in the course. Prerequisite: BIT-200, BIT-205, CST-111 or ITT-111.

Course Description

This course provides a fundamental understanding of the importance of cybersecurity through a broad range of cybersecurity topics. The course introduces core concepts and terminology used in cybersecurity and information systems security. Students learn concepts related to identifying common attack vectors, threats, preventive tools, and keeping information secure as it travels across a network. Students also gain a basic understanding of how cybersecurity threats and social engineering impact society.

Course Description

This course provides the principles of quality management in information security. Emphasis is on managerial guidance for establishing, implementing, organizing, governing, and maintaining security frameworks within an organization. Students explore best practice quality management principles for information security managers.

Course Description

Drawing upon real-world management situations, this course is a study of individual and group behavior in organizations through detailed coverage of the functions of management, individual differences/diversity, leadership, motivation, decision making, organizational design, and organizational change and development. Emphasis is placed on how an understanding of organizational behavior leads to effective management practice.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course examines the role of governance and ethics within information technology. Topics include understanding and satisfying Sarbanes/Oxley, preparing for an information technology audit, complying with government regulations such as HIPAA, and understanding data-privacy issues. Students examine real-world case studies. Prerequisite: BIT-200, BIT-205, CST-110, or CST-111.

Course Description

In this writing-intensive course, students investigate challenges facing contemporary organizations and recommend solutions based on research and critical analysis. Students integrate major concepts learned throughout their program to formulate problem statements, employ quantitative and qualitative data collection methods, and communicate recommendations that satisfy the needs of diverse stakeholders.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of cybersecurity leadership, new technologies, and dynamic workplace environments. Emphasis is on managerial and leadership concepts and strategies relating to critical thinking, creative problem solving, and professional development challenges faced in today's global marketplace. Students explore professional best practices and evolving technology for application to real-world scenarios.


GCU Campus Student

Join Grand Canyon University’s vibrant and growing campus community, with daytime classes designed for traditional students. Immerse yourself in a full undergraduate experience, complete with curriculum designed within the context of our Christian worldview.

GCU Online Student

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.

* 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.

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