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Cybersecurity

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity provides you with both theory and know-how required to strategically assess, plan, design, and implement effective cybersecurity defenses in the public and private sectors. With near-daily reports of large-scale information security breaches and hacking events, this career field is wide open for highly educated and competent forensic investigators and cybersecurity analysts and consultants. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasted a 22 percent growth rate in the cyber security industry through 2020, making now the perfect time to acquire the education you need to meet the demand. Through this online IT bachelor’s program, you’ll learn research, writing, math, and analytical skills, along with an in-depth understanding of cybercrime.

Coursework in this bachelor’s degree aligns to the general objectives of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) certification and meets the topical requirements for the Department of Defense Directive 8570.1M Information Assurance Management (IAM) Technical I, Technical II, Technical III, Management I, Management II, and Management III categories.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated American Public University System as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. Visit the APUS Center for Cyber Defense to learn more.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Compare and contrast the various aspects of cybersecurity including the relationship between cyber defense, cyber operations, cyber exploitations, cyber intelligence, cybercrime, and cyber law within federal and state laws.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes and goals of cyber forensics investigations including the importance of search warrants and chain of custody in a forensic investigation of computer-related crimes.
  • Develop strategies and plans for security architecture consisting of tools, techniques, and technologies to detect and prevent network penetration, and to design effective cybersecurity countermeasures.
  • Analyze network designs, topologies, architectures, protocols, communications, administration, operations, and resource management for wired, wireless, and satellite networks that affect the security of the cyberspace.

View learning outcomes assessment results.

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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General

This general concentration allows you to choose from a variety of elective courses from homeland security, intelligence, information systems securitiy, and IT project management.

INTL440

Cyber Warfare

ISSC341

Introduction to Networking

ISSC363

IT Security: Risk Management

ISSC471

IT Security: Auditing

ITMG381

Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age

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Wireless and Mobile Security

Provides specialization in the methodologies used in mobile and wireless network infrastructure security. Also covers the regulations, policies, procedures, and ethical responsibilities for privacy and security of mobile devices.

ISSC456

Digital Forensics: Investigating Wireless Networks and Devices

ISSC412

Mobile Application Security

ISSC415

Mobile Device Security

ISSC442

Wireless and Mobile Network Security

ITMG381

Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age

Admission Requirements

  • All AMU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the AMU admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.

Materials Cost

Software and/or lab equipment required for some courses in this program must be purchased at the student’s expense, and are not included in the undergraduate book grant. You can view the materials required for individual courses in the ecampus under your Academic Plan.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour:

$270 through 12/31/2019
$250 with military grant*

$285 effective 1/1/2020
$250 with military grant**

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*U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, Reservists, and veterans are eligible for a grant that currently caps tuition at $250 per credit hour .

**To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, and Reservists are eligible for a grant that will cap tuition at $250 per credit hour (military TA cap) . See all military student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Books are provided online at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $600 per academic semester* if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

AMU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.

*According to College Board Trends in College Pricing.