Online Bachelor of Science Degree in Cybersecurity
Program at a Glance
- According to a 2020 report, there are a total of 507,924 open cybersecurity jobs in the U.S.*
- Develop foundational knowledge to prepare for industry certifications.
- Gain additional real-world experience through an optional internship at the end of your undergraduate program.
- Shorten your path to a graduate degree with the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s option.
We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.
Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Overview
Many organizations are now identifying cyberattacks themselves, rather than relying on the services of external sources. Our online cybersecurity bachelor’s degree helps you develop the skills and knowledge to protect companies from a wide range of cyberthreats.
This online cybersecurity degree provides rigorous training to help you master the fundamentals of cybersecurity, recognize best practices, and identify IT security threats and products.
Coursework in this program is focused on preparing you to:
- Analyze a complex computing problem to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
- Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
- Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
- Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
- Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
- Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.
Students are assessed each term on their mastery of the course outcomes, which measure the skills, knowledge, abilities, and behaviors employers expect. View a summary of these assessments and access recent enrollment and graduation rate data.
Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The bachelor’s degree program provides you with the depth and breadth of materials to pursue many of the critical certifications recognized by the information assurance community and for Department of Defense (DoD) personnel, as mandated by DoD Directive 8570.1.‡
Purdue Global has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) for the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity.Visit the Purdue Global Cybersecurity Center
You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.
Prior Learning Can Save You Time and Money
Military Transfer Credit
Servicemembers and veterans can earn a degree faster with our PME2Degree® program. Use our Military Transfer Credit Estimator to see how much of your training counts as credit.
Earn Credit for Prior Certifications
If you’ve already completed certification exams, you may be eligible for credit toward your degree.
Accelerated Master’s Degree Option
Complete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.
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Ways to Save
Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.
Prior Work Experience
You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.
Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.
Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.
Corporate Partner Benefits
Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.
Military Tuition Reduction
55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.
Prior Military Experience
We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.
International Tuition Reduction
International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.
Calculate your estimated tuition and ways to save.
What Courses Will I Take?
Courses focus on the fundamentals of cybersecurity and applying industry-accepted and emerging practices to solve real-world security problems.
All courses are updated regularly by our dedicated curriculum department and advisory board to ensure they reflect the most recent developments in the field.See All Cybersecurity Courses
- Ethical Hacking
- Network Security
- Python Programming
- Digital Forensics
- Intrusion Detection and Response
Cybersecurity concentrations allows you to focus on an area of study that best fits your career path:
- CISSP certification preparation
- Cloud computing
- Data management
- Game development
- Programming and analytics
- Supply chain management and logistics
- Core Credits45
- Major Credits85
- Elective Credits50
- Total Credits180
Why Choose a Bachelor's in Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity professionals are in demand. See how an online cybersecurity degree can get you started.
Cybersecurity professionals make a difference by protecting assets online. Explore recent trends and see where your online cybersecurity degree can take you.
A cybersecurity degree program is only the beginning of your career. Get some helpful advice from a 27-year industry veteran.
See the many job opportunities available to you when you have earned a degree in cybersecurity.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security analyst is projected to grow 33% from 2020 to 2030, over 4 times faster than the average for all occupations.† Develop the knowledge and job skills to meet industry demands with an online cybersecurity degree.
Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:
- Critical Thinking
- Active Listening
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Complex Problem Solving
- Systems Analysis
Top Jobs With This Degree
Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.
Get to Know Our Faculty
Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.View Information Technology Faculty Directory
Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.
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Prepare yourself for success with a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity.
*Source: Cyber Seek, Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map, www.cyberseek.org/heatmap.html.
†Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts, www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm; and Fastest Growing Occupations, www.bls.gov/ooh/fastest-growing.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
‡Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.