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Cybersecurity Overview

With an industry rising faster than any other, explore how our program prepares you to protect the digital world we live in and rely on.

The Dual Degree program in Cybersecurity provides an opportunity for talented students to earn a bachelor's and master's degrees in five years. Graduates of this program will take leadership positions in business as professionals in the application of sound security policies, providing protection and disaster recovery to critical control systems.

Securing cyberspace and the national information infrastructure is critical and can be achieved only when qualified workers are available. 

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Career Opportunities

Graduates are able to monitor security systems, including firewalls and intrusion detection systems; create, implement, and oversee security policies; plan disaster recovery; conduct regular compliance audits, and prepare to take the CISSP certification exam.

32% Growth

Career Outcomes
Job growth is expected to rise 32% by 2028
 

$122K Salary

Average pay for information security analysts in New York is $122,000 annually

120 Credits

Total credits to earn your degree
Classes in Cryptography, Network Security, Linux Administration & Forensic/Electronic Discovery

Cybersecurity Accolades

Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

NSA - DHS

Education in Technology: Cybersecurity and Computer Science

Mercy is one of a select number of nationally recognized Centers of Excellence in Cybersecurity Education. Or grads go to government, private industry, wherever there's a need for their knowledge and skills - which is everywhere!

Frequently Asked Questions

If I have an associate’s degree, could I take the accelerated program?

Yes. For specifics on transferred credits please speak to program director.

English isn’t my native language. Is there an English language requirement?

You must demonstrate proficiency in English. That means reading, writing, speaking and an understanding of the spoken language at a graduate level. Proficiency will be determined by a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a test(s) approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Program Details & Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Bachelor of Science
General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits
CISC 131, 231, MATH 116 or 115 and MATH/CISC 120, MATH 201 are prerequisites for the major and must be used to fulfill general education requirements. 

Major Concentration
Cybersecurity Core: 39 Credits
Major Electives: 9 Credits
Open Electives: 12 Credits

Master of Science
Course work completed during B.S. degree: 12 credits
Course work completed during M.S. degree: 18 credits

Total: 138 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog.

 

Application to Dual B.S./M.S. Program

Freshman students should apply for B.S. in Cybersecurity first and B.S./M.S. dual degree upon completion of the 51 credits General Education requirement and completion of at least 15 credits in their major field of study with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Students need to apply to the dual degree program through the Admissions Office.

Transfer students without Associate degree to B.S. in cybersecurity may apply for B.S./M.S. dual degree upon completion of the 51 credits General Education requirement and completion of at least 15 credits in their major field of study. 30 credits must be taken in residency at Mercy College with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Students need apply to the dual degree program through the Admissions Office. 

To remain in the dual program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 each semester at Mercy College. Students may not take any graduate level courses until they have completed 60 credits and have an approval from program head. 

Students are allowed to take up to four graduate courses in Cybersecurity before their B.S. degree is earned. At most four graduate courses are used for both the B.S. and M.S. degree requirements. Any graduate courses earned more than four maximum are not counted fro any degree requirements. 

Upon completion of the B.S. degree requirements, dual degree students should apply for the B.S. degree and contact the Admissions Office to apply for the M.S. degree. Subsequently, students can take the fifth and more graduate courses. 

Cybersecurity Objectives

The Cybersecurity program offers students a combination of strong foundation in theory and practical skills in security and privacy engineering.

Graduates of this program will understand security and privacy from technological, legal and managerial perspectives. They will be prepared to create, implement and oversee security systems and security policies.

They are positioned for the advanced supervisory positions in the field such as Information System Security Officer, Network Security administrator, Information Security Analyst, Forensic Analyst, IT Auditor, Information Assurance Compliance Officer, Principal System Security Engineer, Information Security Specialist, Information Assurance Specialist, IT Security Analyst, Information System Governance Officer, Information Assurance Engineer and Information Assurance Analyst. Moreover, graduates will be prepared for acquiring professional certificates like Certified Information System Security Professionals (CISSP).

Academic Program Sequence Map

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