Online Bachelor of Science Degree in Cybersecurity

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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.
COURSE EFFORT 15–18 Hours per Week
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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.

Course Outcomes

Students are assessed each term on their mastery of the course outcomes, which measure the skills, knowledge, abilities, and behaviors employers expect. View of summary of these assessments and access recent enrollment and graduation rate data.

National Center of Academic Excellence

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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.

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Admissions Requirements

To enroll in the cybersecurity bachelor’s degree, you must be a high school graduate or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. 

Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

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.

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Purdue Global's Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET,

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security analyst is projected to be one of the top 10 fastest-growing occupations from 2019 to 2029. Develop the knowledge and job skills to meet industry demands with an online cybersecurity degree.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Active Listening
  3. Judgement and Decision Making
  4. Complex Problem Solving
  5. 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.

Take the Next Step in Your Education and Career

Prepare to Sit for Industry Certifications

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.

Earn Credit for Prior Certifications

If you’ve already completed certification exams, you may be eligible for credit toward your degree. Learn more about eligible IT certification exams.

Accelerated Master’s Degree Option

Earning a minimum course grade in select bachelor's degree courses can gain you entry into a shortened version of Purdue Global's master’s degree in information technology or cybersecurity management.

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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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.

Sample Courses
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Network Security
  • Python Programming
  • Digital Forensics
  • Intrusion Detection and Response
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Choose from five optional cybersecurity concentrations to focus your electives on an area of study that best fits your desired career path:

  • CISSP Certification Preparation: Prepare to take the rigorous ISC(2) Certified Information Systems Security Professional exam, demonstrating your knowledge to design, develop, and manage security infrastructures.
  • Cloud Computing: Learn to effectively migrate applications and computing systems to the cloud and learn the intricacies of AWS and Azure. Apply specialized techniques to ensure data security.
  • Data Management: Study SQL Server, Hive, HBase, and MySQL, and learn how to use these tools to manage, manipulate, and analyze data and to report results.
  • Game Development: Implement challenges and scenarios to create gamified experiences for recreational or business-related training resources. Game design features include storylines, role-play mechanics, and character profiles for a new game or interactive experience.
  • Programming and Analytics: Learn the basics of Python, Java, and R to analyze data, and compare those to Java, C#, or JavaScript and HTML/CSS. Understand how to secure data and analyze results using tools like Tableau and Power BI.

Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits45
  • Major Credits85
  • Elective Credits50
  • Total Credits180

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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.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

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.

Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

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*Source: Cyber Seek, Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map,

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts,; and Fastest Growing Occupations, 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.