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Cybersecurity, B.S.

Immaculata’s Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity prepares graduates for a growing, in-demand field.

Cybersecurity is a growing profession, and cybersecurity professionals are in high demand. In fact, recent high-profile cyberattacks solidify the need for a qualified cybersecurity workforce and underscore the severe shortage of these professionals.

If you’re looking to advance in your IT career or transition into a new career, check out Immaculata’s online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program.

At A Glance

Program: Bachelor of Science
Audience: Undergraduate adult learners
Format: Online, accelerated 7-week sessions
Next Start Date: August 26, 2024
Cost: $465 per credit
Time to Completion Two to four years, depending on credits transferred

"I’ve always been fascinated by information security. My classes have taught me how to look for fraud, scams and malware, and I applied my knowledge by analyzing possible threats a railroad system could face and creating a protection plan. The online classes are easy to navigate. It’s convenient to jump online whenever I can and do my coursework. Many of my instructors work at cybersecurity companies, so the material they’re teaching is legitimate and useful, and they go out of their way to make sure we understand it. They are also very understanding and willing to give me more time to complete my assignments when I’m deployed with the National Guard. The support is awesome at Immaculata—the faculty and staff care."

Clinton Bradley '20
Consultant at Coalfire Cybersecurity

Opportunities and Outcomes

Career Outlook

Graduates of Immaculata’s cybersecurity program will be in high demand with a growing list of industries in need of cybersecurity professionals, including finance, insurance, health care, technology, retail, education, manufacturing and government agencies.

Entry-level and advanced positions include:

  • information security analyst
  • digital forensic examiner
  • cyber forensic specialist
  • IT auditor
  • security engineer
  • cryptography engineer
  • and more

Student Learning Outcomes

Through successfully completing courses in information systems and data analytics programs, students will be able to:

  • Utilize systematic, orderly, and exact habits of thought
  • Apply the power of reasoning to analyze situations and solve problems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of mathematics and technology play in shaping the future
  • Apply and renew, via life-long learning, the essential concepts and skills needed for career success and advanced study
Program Highlights

Program Delivery

All courses in the program are offered online and all the requirements for the major can be completed in less than three years.

Program Structure

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree requires 126 credits that you can finish in eight semesters. Each course meets in accelerated seven-week sessions, and you will take one course at a time.

Utilizing the experience from our instructors (who are all subject matter experts in the field of cybersecurity), the program takes students through the phases of assessing a system’s vulnerability, building defenses in depth, and utilizing forensics. Immaculata also offers a unique course in open-source intelligence that few programs offer, which explains techniques to improve the collection and analysis of open-source information to generate intelligence.

Honor Society

Cybersecurity majors can be inducted into the Order of the Sword and Shield, an academic and professional honor society. Established in 2010, it is the first and only such society dedicated to homeland security, intelligence, emergency management, cyber and information security, and all protective security disciplines.

Advisory Board

An advisory board, made up of experienced cybersecurity consultants, guides and supports the program keeping the curriculum current and relevant.

Partnership

Immaculata University has an innovative partnership with cybersecurity firm Fortalice Solutions LLC, a leading national security company. This partnership supports the ever-evolving workforce development needs within the cybersecurity field.

Program Costs

Tuition per credit is $465
Various types of financing options are available to assist students. For further information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 484-323-3028, or email finaid@immaculata.edu.

Degree Options

Immaculata also offers an associate degree in cybersecurity and students can add it as a minor to enhance job skills

Course Overview

Curriculum

Major Courses (72 Credits)

  • Team Leadership and Coaching 3 credits
  • Introduction to Linux 3 credits
  • Software Design & Programming 3 credits
  • Data and Information I 3 credits
  • Technology and Ethical Issues 3 credits
  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals 3 credits
  • Defense in Depth 3 credits
  • Vulnerability Assessment & Penetration 3 credits
  • IT Security Governance 3 credits
  • Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) 3 credits
  • Cybersecurity Capstone 3 credits
  • Capstone Proposal Design 3 credits
  • Research and Analysis Using Statistics 3 credits
  • Leadership Dynamics 3 credits
  • 3D Computing 3 credits
  • Web Design Applications 3 credits
  • Networks and Infrastructure 3 credits
  • Cyber War and Cyber Peace 3 credits
  • Hi-Tech Crime 3 credits
  • Discrete Mathematics 3 credits
  • Writing for Applied Research 3 credits
  • Organizational Ethics 3 credits
  • Christian Faith in Action or Foundations of Spiritual Freedom 3 credits
  • Cultural Modes of Expression 3 credits

Liberal Arts Core 36 Credits (12 Fulfilled By Major)

  • Composition (Writing) 3 credits satisfied by major 6 credits
  • Natural & Physical World (Lab Science) 3 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematics) 3 credits satisfied by major 3 credits
  • Human Creativity (Art, Literature, Music) 3 credits satisfied by major 3 credits
  • Social Consciousness (Sociology, Psychology, Economics) 3 credits satisfied by major 3 credits
  • Historical Consciousness (History) 3 credits
  • Global Society (Foreign Language/Culture) 3 credits satisfied by major 3 credits
  • Pursuit of Faith (Religion, Theology) 3 credits satisfied by major 6 credits
  • Pursuit of Wisdom (Philosophy) 3 credits satisfied by major 6 credits

Electives 39 Credits

Total 126 Credits

Admissions Requirements

You can apply to Immaculata’s adult professional programs in four simple steps. If you have questions, please contact us via admiss@immaculata.edu or by phone at 484-323-3060.

Average Salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the median annual salary for information security analysts is $102,600, which is more than double the national median earnings of workers across all industries ($45,760). In addition to higher salaries, cybersecurity professionals also have a high degree of job security as the BLS projects open positions will grow by nearly 35% for the next seven years.

Woman standing in front of flags and wall sign that says Homeland Security Investigations

Student Spotlight

Her relationships with Immaculata professors helped Makenna Piaskowski ’24 get an internship with the cybercrime investigation taskforce of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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