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Cybersecurity Overview

We live in an information society. Nothing could be more important than protecting that information. Today, security software professionals are in high demand.

With a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, students can test, implement and configure any new security software and/or technologies, apply sound security policy to their daily jobs, and provide protection and disaster recovery to companies' business systems.

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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.

5-Year B.S./M.S. Cybersecurity Program

Our Dual Degree Program in Cybersecurity provides talented students the opportunity to complete both their bachelor's and master's degree in only five years. Graduates of this challenging but rewarding dual program go on to take leadership positions in business and in the government.

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.


Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • List the fundamental concepts of information assurance and cyber defense.

  • Identify the vulnerabilities in network infrastructures, and monitor the attack activities.

  • Describe proactive/reactive protocols, tools and techniques, apply the countermeasures.

  • Produce secure software components and perform software security analysis.

  • Describe cryptographic protocols, tools and techniques and apply crypto algorithms.

  • List applicability of laws and policies and describe the compliances and their impacts.

Full-Time Faculty

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Usman Rauf Assistant Professor, Cybersecurity
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John Yoon Professor

Program Director, Cybersecurity

Director, Mercy Cybersecurity Education Center

Part-Time Faculty

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George Ackerman Adjunct Instructor, Cybersecurity
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Guozhen An Adjunct Instructor, Cybersecurity
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Ali Chettih Adjunct Professor, Cybersecurity
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Merlinda Drini-Prelvukaj Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cybersecurity

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does earning a degree take?

Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

Are department faculty available for academic advising?

Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.

Are there English language requirements?

Yes. International Students who score 550 or better on the TOEFL within the last five years. Students will be eligible for admission and placement into ENGL111. They may be eligible for honors courses and/or to challenge some core requirements.

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

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits

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

Total: 120 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog.


B.S./M.S. Dual Degree

Students in B.S. program can apply for the B.S./M.S. dual degree before senior year. To get the benefit of dual degree, students should use their open electives to take as many graduate courses as possible. Students int he dual degree program may apply a maximum of twelve credits taken at the graduate level (other than IASP 585) to fulfill the requirements of their undergraduate degree. 

Cybersecurity Minor

Students can choose to have a minor in cybersecurity (refer to the requirement in the catalog).

  1. CSEC curriculum uses both IASP and CISC course codes. Check its curriculum for courses allowed in CSEC minor
  2. Students need to use Gen Ed elective and/or open elective to fulfill the 15 credits requirements
  3. Recommend five courses for CSEC minor are among CISC 131, IASP 221, IASP 230, IASP 330, IASP 340, CISC 359. Note, any course is being used to fulfill students' major requirements cannot be used for minor again. For example, IASP 230 cannot be used for some majors due to the fact that their majors have required it as one of their major courses already.

Academic Program Sequence Map

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