MBA in Cybersecurity
Why Should You Earn an MBA in Cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity is a growing concern in every industry that relies on information technology. Businesses need to protect their own proprietary information, as well as their customers’ sensitive data. The MBA in Cybersecurity is a way to bridge the gap between the boardroom and the IT department. GCU’s Colangelo College of Business is pleased to offer the Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity degree to future middle management and top executives.
This in-demand cybersecurity master’s degree blends studies in modern business management with a cutting-edge cybersecurity curriculum. If you earn your master’s degree in cybersecurity, you can prepare to meet the diverse challenges of the modern workplace. The skills you can learn in this MBA program are transferrable across a broad range of industries.
The Benefits of Having a Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity
A master’s degree in Cybersecurity is beneficial in these areas:
- Business growth planning
- Christian Worldview
- Best practices in industry Cybersecurity research
- Critical application analysis
- Ethical decision making
- Complex problem-solving
- Develop secure business strategies
Graduates will learn how to design effective cybersecurity programs to prevent and correct security weaknesses.
Earn Your Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Online
GCU is a leader in online education. The online cybersecurity master’s degree allows you to study when and where it is convenient for you. This program requires 54 credits for completion. Most of the online classes are eight weeks long. This program is also available through evening classes on campus at GCU.
The program combines business analytics and management coursework with cutting-edge cybersecurity courses. Some of the core classes you will take include:
- Leadership and Organizations
- Cyber Warfare and Applications
- Enterprise Security Infrastructure Design
- Strategic Management
- Operations Management
This program provides a comprehensive study of modern business issues and cybersecurity concerns. There is an emphasis on examining the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Some of the other topic areas you will study include:
- Security solutions that align with business plans
- Financial forecasting
- Management of working capital
- Cost behavior and budgeting
The Colangelo College of Business seeks to graduate fully capable business leaders and future executives. When you graduate with your MBA in Cybersecurity, you can prepare to pursue a decision-making role in any company with vulnerabilities to technology systems.
According to a report released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and McAfee, the world economy lost an estimated $500 billion to cyber-crimes in 2014. The estimate of losses for 2017 is $600 billion. With the growth of cyber-crimes, there is a critical need for business executives who understand the dynamics of cyber-attacks and threat intelligence to mitigate the risk.
Some of the cybersecurity jobs that can stem from this MBA program may include the following:
- Operations Manager
- Implementation Manager
- Administrative Services Manager
- Senior Project Manager
- Management Analyst
- Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
- Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Program Core Courses
This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Business. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the College of Business, key concepts of leadership, and an overview of how the science of organizational behavior contributes to effective leaders and managers.
This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and for students who have not had accounting in undergraduate work. Topics covered include the principles and practices of financial accounting and the fundamentals of managerial accounting, such as cost behavior and budgeting. The course covers accounting theories using computational examples, and homework is problem solving.
This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and is designed for students who have not had finance in undergraduate work. Topics covered include financial analysis, financial planning, asset evaluation, capital structure, and working capital management.
The purpose of this course is to prepare students in mathematical, probability, and statistical concepts for their upcoming studies in quantitative methods. The course is intended for those students who have not had any prior statistical education, although students who have had statistics should also consider taking the course as a refresher.
This courses introduces microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts that are relevant to contemporary business. Emphasis is placed on using economic data for business decision making.
This course is a study in the quantitative tools and techniques used to model business functions and applications. Emphasis is placed on how to set up models, and how to interpret and apply their results. Prerequisite: SYM-506.
Management of the marketing function, market environmental analysis, and marketing planning, strategy, and control are fundamentals of marketing management. The course examines the marketing process, marketing research, product development innovation and diffusion, pricing strategy, distribution value drain, advertising and promotion, and strategic marketing issues. Emphasis is placed on case study analysis and current academic research with a marketing plan as a significant curriculum component.
This course covers managerial accounting concepts and procedures for internal reporting, including the study of cost behavior, cost systems, budgeting, and performance evaluation. Coursework includes case studies, group projects, and class discussion. Prerequisite: ACC-502.
Operations Management examines managerial concepts and strategies relating to the management of operations in both manufacturing and service environments. Emphasis is placed on methods to streamline and drive inefficiencies out of a firm’s internal processes to build a highly efficient organization. The course also focuses on external processes by examining ways to achieve greater supply chain integration with suppliers and customers. Quantitative and qualitative methods and tools are introduced and applied. Prerequisite: SYM-506.
This course discusses elements of business financial decisions, including financial forecasting and development of proformas, management of working capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, and raising funds in capital markets. Prerequisite: FIN-504.
This course examines the definition, formulation, and execution of strategy within organizations. There is specific emphasis on the role of innovation and leadership in strategic management and an organization’s ability to achieve and sustain competitive advantage. Prerequisites: MGT-605, MKT-607, ACC-650, and FIN-650.
With a brief introduction to cybercrime and cybersecurity, this course will provide students with an overview of the various attacks and the countermeasures organizations can use to defend themselves. Exploring concepts such as defense-in-depth, layered security, vulnerability assessments, risk management, governance and compliance, and encryption; students will become familiar with prevention and protection theories, best practices, and strategies to securing corporate data (intellectual property). This course will conclude with an exploration of the various hacker psychologies and the differences between black-hat, grey-hat, and white-hat (Hackers with Halos) hackers. Prerequisite: UNV-504 or UNV-507.
This course introduces enterprise infrastructure design; including hardware, software, policies, and business processes. Emphasis is placed on integrating security solutions and theories in alignment with business objectives to achieve sustainability, reliability, and availability while deterring threats from cyber-attacks. This course also introduces students to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, providing a foundation to formulating a strategy for cybersecurity program design. Prerequisite: CYB-505.