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.*
  • 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
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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:

  • Apply current tools and methodologies to secure systems and analyze users’ security issues.
  • Design secure information systems.
  • Evaluate information security trends, practices, and products.
  • Measure and assess risk management practices and policies for an enterprise network.

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.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

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.

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

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Career Opportunities

Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 28% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Develop the knowledge and skills to meet industry demands with an online cybersecurity degree. 

You could pursue careers cybersecurity jobs such as§

  • Security policy analyst/manager
  • Security architect, programmer, or engineer
  • Forensics analyst investigator
  • Ethical hacker/penetration analyst
  • IT auditor
  • Information security officer
  • Application security specialist
  • Network security analyst
  • Information assurance engineer
  • Information security analyst

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.

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 Credits40
  • Major Credits117
  • Elective Credits23
  • 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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*Source: Cyber Seek, Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map,

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.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts, on the internet, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

§Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.