Online Bachelor of Science Degree in Cybersecurity

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Program at a Glance
  • According to a 2018 report, there are a total of 301,873 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 program.
  • Shorten your path to a graduate degree with the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s option.
COURSE EFFORT 15–18 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 10-Week Terms
CREDITS REQUIRED 180
COST PER CREDIT $371
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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.

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.

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Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information security analysts in the U.S. is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations from 2016 to 2026. Develop the knowledge and 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 (2016–2028) 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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Earn your degree faster with our PME2Degree program. Many occupations across each branch of the armed forces have been evaluated for credit toward a Purdue Global degree.

HOW MANY CREDITS HAVE YOU EARNED?

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
  • Computer Forensics
  • Digital Forensics
  • Intrusion Detection and Response
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits45
  • Major Credits120
  • Elective Credits15
  • 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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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*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, on the internet, www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.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.