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Center for Cybersecurity

Bachelor of Science (BS), Cybersecurity

Program Overview

As a Cybersecurity major, you’ll receive a comprehensive cybersecurity education, balanced between the technical side and risk management. You’ll learn technology and tools that are in demand in the marketplace, including Kali Linux, Wireshark, the Nmap security scanner, and the Python computer language. You’ll study topics like cloud security, cyber threat intelligence, disaster preparedness, digital forensics, and ethical hacking. You’ll also be prepared to earn professional certifications, including Security+ Plus and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Upon graduation, You’ll be equipped to pursue the following cybersecurity positions and fields: cybersecurity analyst, information security management, digital forensics, and cybersecurity.

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Program at a
Glance

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

123

DETAILS

Total Credit Hours: 123
Program Type: BS
Location: Seated (Main Campus)
Time to Complete: 4 Years (8 Semesters)
Start Date: Fall: August | Spring: January
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Why AU?

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

  • Small class sizes, which means more individualized attention and access to your professors
  • Hands-on experience with cybersecurity tools
  • State-of-the-art cybersecurity lab
  • Highly qualified and certified faculty members
  • AU’s Christian mission
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The Knowledge You Will Gain

As a cybersecurity major at Anderson University, You’ll learn technology and tools that are in demand in the marketplace. You’ll receive a comprehensive cybersecurity education, balanced between the technical side and risk management, which includes making sure computer systems are in compliance with the law. Your class will cover critical topics, such as cloud security, cyberthreat intelligence, disaster preparedness, digital forensics, and ethical hacking. Beyond your cybersecurity courses, You’ll take electives to deepen your knowledge in either computing (e.g. coding, analytics, database) or business (e.g. accounting, economics, management), depending on your career interests.

Career Outlook

Today, companies hire Cybersecurity professionals in fields as diverse as finance, insurance, retail, healthcare, hospitality, information technology, consulting, transportation, manufacturing, law enforcement, public utilities, government, defense, and more. In addition to careers in cybersecurity, this program of study prepares students to pass professional certification exams as well as earn acceptance into graduate school for those planning to continue their education.



Starting Salaries

Cybersecurity Analyst: $109,537 Information Security Management: $102,600 Cyber Crime Analyst: $100,000 Penetration & Vulnerability Testing: $101,446 Cybersecurity Architect: $163,000 Recent median salaries (2023)Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and Cyberseek.org

 

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Knowledge You’ll Gain

As a cybersecurity major at Anderson University, You’ll learn technology and tools that are in demand in the marketplace. You’ll receive a comprehensive cybersecurity education, balanced between the technical side and risk management, which includes making sure computer systems are in compliance with the law. Your class will cover critical topics, such as cloud security, cyberthreat intelligence, disaster preparedness, digital forensics, and ethical hacking. Beyond your cybersecurity courses, You’ll take electives to deepen your knowledge in either computing (e.g. coding, analytics, database) or business (e.g. accounting, economics, management), depending on your career interests.

Career Outlook

Today, companies hire Cybersecurity professionals in fields as diverse as finance, insurance, retail, healthcare, hospitality, information technology, consulting, transportation, manufacturing, law enforcement, public utilities, government, defense, and more. In addition to careers in cybersecurity, this program of study prepares students to pass professional certification exams as well as earn acceptance into graduate school for those planning to continue their education.



Starting Salaries

Cybersecurity Analyst: $109,537 Information Security Management: $102,600 Cyber Crime Analyst: $100,000 Penetration & Vulnerability Testing: $101,446 Cybersecurity Architect: $163,000 Recent median salaries (2023)Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and Cyberseek.org

 

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Anderson University is a national leader in higher education in its use of technology to support and enhance all aspects of its core function—teaching and learning, which has led to the institution being recognized as an Apple Distinguished School since 2014. Through Anderson’s Digital Learning Initiative, Anderson has provided all of its residential undergraduate students and select graduate program students with an iPad Air and Apple Pencil. The mission of transforming learning experiences and preparing students to serve their communities and careers in the twenty-first century is enhanced through mobile devices developed by Apple.

Admission Requirements

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Previous Degree Required

No previous degree is required to enroll in this program.

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Transcript Requirements

Official high school or GED transcripts will need to be submitted as part of the application process for this program. Transfer students must submit official transcripts from their previous school.

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Additional Admission Requirements

Two essays (prompts) OR Official SAT, ACT, or CLT scores

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Application Deadline

Anderson University has a rolling admission process (students are notified when the are accepted whenever that is during the year) but students are encouraged to apply by the following dates: December 1st for the best scholarship consideration and no later than July 1st to begin in the fall semester.

More Information

I-20 Approved: Yes
I-17 Approved: Yes
Non Degree Option Available (Minor): Yes
Program Director:
Dr. Ken Knapp
Breakdown of Credit Hours:
41 Credit Hours – University Core Requirements | 37 Credit Hours. – Cybersecurity Major Core Requirements | 12 Credit Hours. – Cybersecurity Major Electives (Business and Computing options) | 15 Credit Hours. – Cognate Course Requirements | 18 Credit Hours. – General Electives
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