What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, offered by the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems, provides opportunities for focused study in cybersecurity and opens doors toward a more complex understanding of both the subject and current practice.

Computing has become integral to the infrastructure of modern society. From banking and health to education and business, our world runs on algorithms and computing machines. Software and hardware are ubiquitous in every aspect of modern life. This infrastructure is powerful, complex—and highly vulnerable. Small design flaws or less than vigilant safety guards can lead to attacks and exploits that can cost businesses hundreds of billions of dollars and valuable consumer trust, and loss of infrastructure critical to modern civilization. At the same time there is a shortage of workers with the skills needed to secure these systems.

The BSCYB degree provides exceptional career flexibility and a broad range of opportunities in cybersecurity with an emphasis on secure software and hardware development. Coursework prepares students with the technical skills to analyze and understand cybersecurity exploits and to design hardened computational systems. The degree also incorporates criminal justice, intelligence studies, and business management coursework to prepare students for the legal and social context in which cybersecurity practice happens.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • Security Analyst
  • Security Architect
  • Security Software Developer
  • Security Engineer
  • Security Consultant

With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • Cybersecurity Researcher
  • Cryptoanalyst
  • University Professor

Which department am I in?

Northern Arizona University

Study options

Online/Distance (At least 120 units of credit)

Tuition fees
USD $8,190 for 18 credit hours

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

11 January 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a high school and secondary education or post-secondary education in a country; minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for first-year. ACT English Sub Score: 21 or higher SAT Verbal Score: 510 or higher. English Language Requirements: Students are required to have TOEFL: 70 IBT or 525 PBT; IELTS: 6.0 band or higher.

For international students

A student must have a secondary (high school) and post-secondary/university education, as well as any vocational with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for first-year and transfer students.

English Proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT): an overall score of 70 (School code 4006)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.0

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) - 56

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About this uni

Teaching is world-class and led by expert faculty who know how to nurture student talent.

  • Bachelor’s and graduate degrees
  • English language and exchange programs
  • Located in the stunning natural U.S. state of Arizona
  • 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio