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Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

The B.S. in Cybersecurity is a completely online Kennesaw State University degree offered at the eMajor tuition rate of $199 per credit hour. This program is an affordable, high-demand, post-secondary degree that addresses the workplace and cybersecurity needs of Georgia and beyond.

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Program Information

The program will deliver a technically-focused, security-related curriculum designed to specifically address the fast growing cybersecurity sector.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Cybersecurity program allows potential students to develop deep technological skills; an understanding of the business, managerial, and administrative elements of cybersecurity; and an awareness of cybercrime issues.

Completing the Cybersecurity degree through eMajor will automatically earn students a minor in Information Technology. Two additional minors are available, and those requirements are listed on the KSU website.

Both the eMajor program and additional minors will be offered completely online, allowing students the convenience and flexibility to take courses from where they want, when they want.

Cybersecurity Job Outlook

  • Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 18% from 2014-2024. This growth rate is much faster than the average for all occupations, which is only 7%.
  • In 2015, the median wage for information security analysts was $90,120, with the highest 10% earning more than $143,770 annually.

* Data from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.

Why KSU Online?

The Kennesaw State University Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development is home to the the state’s only undergraduate degree in cybersecurity. Our internationally recognized faculty and multiple industry partnerships mean KSU graduates will be uniquely equipped with the knowledge, skills, and a credential to launch them into a promising career in the cybersecurity industry.

Admission Requirements

The admissions process at Kennesaw State University is the same for all students regardless of their decision to pursue online or on-campus learning. Students are required to meet the same standards and submit the same documentation. Admission requirements vary by student type. Please visit the KSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions for specific requirements.

For questions about the admissions process, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions admissions at the information below:

Curriculum

Students may complete their General Education requirements at Kennesaw State University through traditional on-campus, KSU-Online, or eCore courses. Kennesaw State University welcomes transfer students from the USG’s two-year colleges, state colleges and universities, and other nationally accredited institutions.

The B.S. in Cybersecurity is an eMajor degree and begins after the General Education requirements for areas A-F are satisfied. The eMajor program begins at Upper Division Major Requirements, listed below.

Upper Division Technical Core (12 Credit Hours)
  • CYBR 3123 - Hardware and Software Concepts
  • CYBR 3423 - Operating Systems Concepts & Administration
  • CYBR 4323 - Data Communications & Networking
  • CYBR 4423 - Linux/Unix Administration
Upper Division Security Core (21 Credit Hours)
  • CYBR 3100 - Principles of Information Security
  • CYBR 3200 - Network Security
  • CYBR 3210 - Client Systems Security
  • CYBR 3300 - Management of Information Security in a Global Environment
  • CYBR 4200 - Perimeter Defense
  • CYBR 4220 - Server Systems Security
  • CYBR 4330 - Incident Response and Contingency Planning
Capstone (3 Credit Hours)
  • CYBR 4810 - Cyber Defense

All BS-CYBER students are required to take a minimum of 9 credit hours as an upper-level specialization. They must choose one of the following tracks and complete all of the courses listed. The options are:

Systems Security Track
  • CSE 3153 - Database Systems
  • CYBR 4843 - Ethical Hacking for Effective Defense
    • OR CYBR 4883 - Infrastructure Defense
  • CYBR 4350 - Management of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery
    • OR CYBR 4853 - Computer Forensics
Network Security Track
  • CYBR 4333 - Network Configuration & Administration
  • CYBR 4833 - Wireless Security
  • CYBR 4893 - Internet of Things: Applications and Security
Cyber Crime Track

Note: requires CRJU 1101 as Area E requirement, otherwise students take as a Free Elective

  • CYBR 3305 - Technology and Criminal Justice
  • CYBR 4305 - Technology and Cyber Crime
  • CYBR 4350 - Management of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery
    • OR CYBR 4853 - Computer Forensics
Major Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Students should choose 9 credit hours from the following:

  • CYBR 3220 - Global IS Project Management
    • OR IT 3223 - Software Acquisition and Project Management
  • CYBR 3396 - Cooperative Study (Upon approval of the Program Coordinator, Host Department, and KSU Career Services)
  • CYBR 3398 - Internship (Upon approval of the Program Coordinator, Host Department, and KSU Career Services)
  • CYBR 4400 - Directed Study (Upon approval of the Program Coordinator and Host Department)
  • CYBR 4490 - Special Topics (Upon approval of the Program Coordinator and Host Department)
  • CYBR 4700 - Emerging Topics in Cybersecurity (Varies by offering)
  • Any 3xxx or 4xxx IS/ISA/IT/CS/CRJU course for which the student can meet the prerequisites except restricted ISA or IT Security course (see advisor for complete listing)
Free Electives (6 - 7 Credit Hours)
  • Any course(s) in the university curriculum.
Information Technology Minor (Embedded)
  • Students earning a major in Cybersecurity will also earn a minor in Information Technology
Criminal Justice Minor (9 + 3 Credit Hours)
  • Courses in the CJ minor are not included as part of the eMajor program. See the KSU website for more information on this available minor.
Crisis Preparedness Minor (9 + 3 Credit Hours)
  • Courses in the Crisis Preparedness minor are not included as part of the eMajor program. See the KSU website for more information on this available minor.

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Current Students

Unlike other USG eMajor degrees, courses in the BS in Cybersecurity degree are not housed in GoVIEW but are hosted in Desire2Learn (D2L) through KSU Online. Please see the KSU website for information related to current students, including tutoring resources, advising information, course schedules, academic calendars, etc.

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