Cybersecurity Criminal Justice

Cybersecurity & Criminal Justice

When you connect to the Internet, you open yourself to vulnerabilities that need to be secured. You can help create that security through AU’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity & Criminal Justice. This interdisciplinary program combines the digital world with the principles of law enforcement and investigation. It prepares you to enter a myriad of cybersecurity careers where you can be at the leading edge of protecting people, cities, states and the country.

Why AU?

Our Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity & Criminal Justice differs from programs at other universities in the following ways:

  • Combines classes from two relevant and related majors: Cybersecurity and Criminal Justice
  • AU’s professors have experience as cybersecurity experts and leaders.
  • Faculty members carry crucial certifications, such as CISSP, CCSP and CEH.
  •  A dedicated cybersecurity lab
  •  A cybersecurity advisory board of industry experts to mentor students
  • Christian mission

Coursework

The Cybersecurity & Criminal Justice program requires 123 hours of coursework. Here are a sample of the classes you’ll take:

  • Constitutional Law: Build your foundation as a law enforcement specialist by studying the scope and reach of the Constitution.
  • Digital Forensics: Learn how to search for digital clues that signal past or current crimes, capture the information, copy it, and unravel what happened.
  • Ethical Hacking: Sharpen your ability to probe systems for weaknesses, find the cracks and then create a solution to protect the vulnerabilities.

Career Outlook

Industries ranging from banking to energy and law enforcement to national security are looking for well-trained graduates to join their ranks in protecting the security of your fellow men and women around the world. You can work in a variety of organizations that hire cybersecurity professionals. Other industries that hire cybersecurity pros include finance, retail, healthcare, criminal investigations, military/defense, technology, public utilities, consulting and many others.

Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped to pursue the following cybersecurity positions and fields:

  • Cybersecurity analyst: $98,350*
  • Information security management: $115,000
  • Digital forensics: $85,000
  • Cybersecurity advisor: $100,000
  • Pen/penetration testing: $102,000

In addition to being ready for the workforce, as a Cybersecurity & Criminal Justice major, you’ll be prepared for graduate study, including pursuit of a Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics, Cyber Intelligence, an MBA, or advanced studies in Cyber Law.

*Recent national median salaries sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and Cyberseek.org 

Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.