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Ask the Expert: Stephen Wallace, DPS, MBA

Kristen Parrish

Dr. Stephen Wallace is a professor of practice and program director for the bachelor’s of professional studies (BPS) in applied data and predictive analytics, knowledge management, cybersecurity administration, and computer programming at Syracuse University College of Professional Studies.

Previously, Dr. Wallace spent four years as a professor of practice developing and teaching data science classes at Syracuse’s iSchool. He also served as the program director for the MS in information systems at the iSchool for several months. Prior to his time at Syracuse University, Wallace spent 30+ years working in industry both as an entrepreneur and a C-level technology executive.

Dr. Wallace received his doctor of professional studies in computing from Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. He holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management and a BS in operations management from Syracuse’s Whitman School of Management. What is something you wish the public understood about cybersecurity?

Dr. Wallace: I wish the public understood that cybersecurity is not just a technical issue, but a societal one. It impacts every aspect of our lives—from our personal data to our financial systems, from our healthcare information to our national security. Cyber threats are evolving and growing at an alarming pace, and we all need to play a part in safeguarding our digital world.

Unfortunately, there’s a significant gap in our collective knowledge and preparedness regarding cybersecurity. This is where education and awareness come in because we all have to be vigilant to remain safe. Start by adopting good cybersecurity practices in your personal and professional life and encouraging others to do the same. This can be as simple as regularly updating passwords, being cautious of email phishing scams, and being mindful of the information you share online. What advice would you give to aspiring cybersecurity students?

Dr. Wallace: Aspiring cybersecurity students are entering an exciting and rapidly evolving field. Here are a few pieces of advice:

Cybersecurity is a challenging, rewarding field with a wealth of opportunities. It’s a career where you can truly make a difference. What does the future of cybersecurity look like to you?

Dr. Wallace: The future of cybersecurity is going to be increasingly important, sophisticated, and integrated into all aspects of our lives. Here are a few trends I foresee:

In essence, the future of cybersecurity is complex and challenging, but it’s also full of opportunities for those prepared to take them on.

Is an Online Cybersecurity Program Right for Me?

The field of cybersecurity exists to keep private digital information private and to help bring justice to those who would compromise that privacy, misappropriate information, and in some cases, misuse it. The proliferation of information networks—especially the internet—ushered in the need for digital information security, and it seems only fitting that one be able to study it online. The question is: which students tend to thrive in an online learning environment (versus a face-to-face classroom experience)?

Ultimately, an online degree program is often an excellent choice for students with additional obligations, such as those with current full-time work who wish to pursue a degree during their free time. An online cybersecurity program may also be right for an individual who lives too far from a physical campus, or who otherwise cannot fit classroom attendance into an already busy schedule.

Online degree programs generally allow students some amount of flexibility to complete work on their own time throughout the semester, although most often, they must still adhere to the semester calendar of the institution and, in some cases, attend particular online classes at scheduled times.

That said, those students who require more hands-on experience or who need routine supervision from an instructor may wish to look to a campus-based program for their education. Indeed, an online program demands a certain degree of independence from instructors and peers, which should be an important consideration for anyone interested in this type of degree.

List of Online Cybersecurity Degree Programs

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University of Maryland Global Campus


MD 1620
Wilmington University

New Castle

DE 1045
Western Governors University

Salt Lake City

UT 980
University of Phoenix-Arizona


AZ 536
University of the Cumberlands


KY 511
American Public University System

Charles Town

WV 397
ECPI University

Virginia Beach

VA 386
Champlain College


VT 206
Anne Arundel Community College


MD 197
Naval Postgraduate School


CA 181
Capella University


MN 180
Bellevue University


NE 149
St Petersburg College


FL 116
Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs

CO 98
College of Southern Maryland

La Plata

MD 95
The University of Texas at San Antonio

San Antonio

TX 93
Johns Hopkins University


MD 88
Capitol Technology University


MD 86
Baker College


MI 85
National University

La Jolla

CA 77
Hinds Community College


MS 75
DePaul University


IL 71
Community College of Baltimore County


MD 67
George Washington University


DC 66
Pennsylvania State University-World Campus

University Park

PA 65
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NY 63
New England College


NH 63
Harford Community College

Bel Air

MD 59
Lewis University


IL 59
Rochester Institute of Technology


NY 58
Dakota State University


SD 57
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WA 53
Kennesaw State University


GA 51
Davenport University

Grand Rapids

MI 48
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PA 47


OH 46
Saint Leo University

Saint Leo

FL 43
Mercy College

Dobbs Ferry

NY 40
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology


OK 37
Grantham University


KS 36
SUNY Polytechnic Institute


NY 33
Purdue University Global-Davenport


IA 33
St Philip's College

San Antonio

TX 32
Regis University


CO 31
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RI 30
Stratford University


VA 29
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New York

NY 28
College of Central Florida


FL 26
William T McFatter Technical College


FL 26
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Saint Paul

MN 24
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NE 24
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VA 22
Drexel University


PA 22
Sam Houston State University


TX 21
University of Massachusetts-Lowell


MA 21
Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach

AL 21
Strayer University-Virginia


VA 20
University of Southern California

Los Angeles

CA 20
Excelsior College


NY 20
Concordia University-Saint Paul

Saint Paul

MN 19
Florida Institute of Technology-Online


FL 19
Towson University


MD 19
The University of Montana


MT 19
University of Dallas


TX 18
Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale

FL 15
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide

Daytona Beach

FL 15
Fountainhead College of Technology


TN 15


NC 15
Valley College-Martinsburg


WV 15
Sullivan University


KY 15
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Metro

San Juan

PR 14
Our Lady of the Lake University

San Antonio

TX 13
University of the Potomac-Washington DC Campus


DC 13
Westmoreland County Community College


PA 13
Missouri State University-Springfield


MO 12
Charter Oak State College

New Britain

CT 12
University of Delaware


DE 11
Franklin University


OH 11
Rasmussen College-Minnesota

St. Cloud

MN 11
Central Texas College


TX 11
Roger Williams University


RI 10
Stevens Institute of Technology


NJ 10
Broward College

Fort Lauderdale

FL 10
Brandeis University


MA 9
Hodges University


FL 9
Limestone College


SC 9
Robert Morris University

Moon Township

PA 9
University of Illinois at Springfield


IL 9
EDP University of Puerto Rico Inc-San Juan

San Juan

PR 8
University of Virginia-Main Campus


VA 8
Ivy Tech Community College


IN 8
Niagara University

Niagara University

NY 7
Friends University


KS 6
University of Louisville


KY 6
Allegany College of Maryland


MD 6
Rasmussen College-Florida


FL 6
University of Maine at Augusta


ME 6
Old Dominion University


VA 5
Southern Utah University

Cedar City

UT 5
Strayer University-District of Columbia


DC 5
Strayer University-Florida


FL 5
University of Detroit Mercy


MI 5
Bryant & Stratton College-Online

Orchard Park

NY 5
Garrett College


MD 5
Eastern New Mexico University Ruidoso Branch Community College


NM 5
California State University-San Marcos

San Marcos

CA 4
Strayer University-Georgia


GA 4
Strayer University-Global Region


DC 4
Hallmark University

San Antonio

TX 4
Coastal Carolina University


SC 3
Florida Institute of Technology


FL 3
La Salle University


PA 3
Southern New Hampshire University


NH 3
University of Arizona


AZ 3
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Princess Anne

MD 3
City University of Seattle


WA 3
East Mississippi Community College


MS 3
Liberty University


VA 3
Rasmussen College-Illinois


IL 3
Valley College-Beckley


WV 3
Minnesota West Community and Technical College

Granite Falls

MN 3
National American University-Rapid City

Rapid City

SD 3
Zane State College


OH 3
American National University


VA 2
Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids

MI 2
Minnesota State College Southeast


MN 2
Montreat College


NC 2
Purdue University Global-St. Louis

St. Louis

MO 2
Rasmussen College-North Dakota


ND 2
Southeastern Technical College


GA 2
University of Maine at Fort Kent

Fort Kent

ME 2
Hampton University


VA 1
Johnson & Wales University-Online


RI 1
Minnesota State University-Mankato


MN 1
Strayer University-South Carolina


SC 1
Strayer University-Tennessee


TN 1
Strayer University-Texas


TX 1
Strayer University-West Virginia

Scott Depot

WV 1
University of Tulsa


OK 1
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus


NM 1
Marist College


NY 1
Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Fergus Falls

MN 1
Monroe College


NY 1
Purdue University Global-Lincoln


NE 1
Purdue University Global-Omaha


NE 1
Radford University


VA 1
Vatterott College-Sunset Hills

Sunset Hills

MO 1
Laramie County Community College


WY 1

Admissions Requirements for Online Cybersecurity Programs (What to Expect)

If you are planning on pursuing an online degree in cybersecurity, it is important that you know what to expect throughout the application process, and how to prepare accordingly.

Of course, the specifics of the application will likely depend on the degree you are pursuing; to be sure, those applying for an undergraduate program will be presented with different criteria than those interested in obtaining a graduate degree. For example, while an individual applying to an undergraduate bachelor’s degree program in cybersecurity may be asked to submit proof of SAT scores, those applying to graduate master’s or doctoral degree programs may be asked for GRE or GMAT scores instead.

Furthermore, those applying to a master’s or doctoral program may ask for letters of recommendation from previous professors and even employers, while those looking to obtain a bachelor’s degree may only be asked for such letters from high school instructors. In addition, an undergraduate applicant will be asked to show proof of high school transcripts, while a graduate applicant will need to show transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended. Outside of these variances, the applications may appear similar and ask for a personal statement, a resume or CV, and other related information.

In general, most programs require prospective students to apply before a certain date to be considered for acceptance. Many schools have a deadline of January for programs to start in the fall or an early fall deadline for winter-start programs.

Online Cybersecurity Program Accreditation

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence program, which designates specific two- and four-year colleges and universities as centers of academic excellence (CAE) in cyber defense. Schools are presented with this form of accreditation based on several criteria, including the contents of their degree program, as well as their alignment to specific cybersecurity-related knowledge units. Over 400 top colleges and universities have been awarded this designation.

It is certainly not necessary to attend an institution that has been recognized as a CAE in cyber defense. That being said, doing so will help ensure that the student has access to a top-notch education from some of the leading minds in the field.

Cybersecurity Curriculum & Specialization

Generally, while the specifics of a cybersecurity program will likely vary based on the program, students in this field of study may expect to take a fairly similar course load in pursuit of their degree. For example, undergraduate and graduate students will likely take classes on cyberspace and cybersecurity, ethics in cybersecurity, security policy analysis, cybersecurity management, emerging technologies, and a capstone course or project.

Of course, undergraduate students may also be required to take several electives to meet core requirements, which may not be the same for graduate students.

Furthermore, in some cases, a student in a cybersecurity program may be able to pursue an additional specialty, although this is not a guarantee for each institution. Specialty areas for a cybersecurity student, particularly at the master’s level, may include cybersecurity engineering, operations, management, policy, investigation/forensics, and intelligence.

Very often, schools may present cybersecurity as a specialty itself, housed within a broader degree in information systems or computer science.

1Iowa State University

Iowa State University

At Iowa State University, students may pursue an online master’s degree in cybersecurity offered through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This is a 100 percent online program that students can complete without ever visiting the campus. Courses in this program will be delivered through pre-recorded videos, offering maximum flexibility.

For admission to the program, students must have graduated with a bachelor’s or post-baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from a recognized foreign institution. Other admission requirements include a minimum grade point average of 3.0, academic records, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, GRE scores (optional), a current resume, and applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English.

Made up of 30 credits, the program includes courses such as advanced computer networking; computer security; information warfare; cryptography; and steganography; among others.

Students will be able to enhance and impart knowledge about information infrastructure security, engineer complex systems, develop social awareness, understand policy and strategic issues, and build a sense of ethics.

  • Location: Ames, Iowa
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Expected Time to Completion: Two years

2Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals is part of Johns Hopkins University, offering a master of science degree and a post-master’s certificate in cybersecurity. These programs provide students with the knowledge and skills they need for protecting and defending information systems. Offered entirely online, students in this cybersecurity program become adept at safeguarding data availability, integrity, and confidentiality. They learn to preserve and restore systems and manage risks.

The program's faculty includes knowledgeable instructors who are active in the cybersecurity space and help students find meaningful career paths.

Admission requirements for the master’s program include a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, a grade point average of at least 3.0, transcripts from all college studies, a completed online application, a detailed resume, and all international applicants must submit proof of their proficiency in English via the TOEFL or the IELTS.

Students for the post-master's certificate require a master’s degree in a relevant engineering or science discipline along with college transcripts and a completed application. GRE scores are not required for admission but will be considered if submitted.

The master of science program consists of ten courses, while the post-master’s certificate consists of five courses. The curriculum includes courses such as cryptology; cyber-physical systems security; digital forensics technologies and techniques; foundations of information assurance; information assurance analysis; introduction to ethical hacking; intrusion detection; and network security, among others.

At the end of the program, graduates will be able to analyze enterprise security risks and make software and hardware recommendations, as well as develop a high level of proficiency in hash functions, encryption, authentication, and signature schemes.

  • Location: Baltimore, MD
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • Expected Time to Completion: MS (two to five years); post-master’s certificate (one to three years)

3University of Dallas

University of Dallas

At the University of Dallas, students have the opportunity to pursue a master’s of science in cybersecurity. Notably, the institution has been designated a center of academic excellence. Additionally, students also have the option of pursuing a 42-credit MBA with a cybersecurity concentration. The MS in cybersecurity program provides students with a real-world perspective on cybersecurity and is taught by experienced professionals.

To apply for admission, students need to have a U.S. bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 from a regionally accredited college or university, a completed online application, a current resume or CV, unofficial transcripts, and English language proficiency for international applicants.

Comprising 30 credits, the MS in cybersecurity program includes courses such as programming & scripting languages; the effective leader; business & society; data protection; compliance & legal; operational cybersecurity management; network security; and digital forensics.

The MBA with a cybersecurity concentration consists of 42 credits. It includes courses such as managerial finance; data protection; compliance and legal issues; operational cybersecurity management; and foundations of cybersecurity, among others.

Upon successful completion, graduates can pursue careers in areas such as cyber defense, threat analysis, network security, digital forensics, and penetration testing. They can take up roles such as security architects, engineers, consultants, software developers, cryptographers, and cryptanalysts.

  • Location: Irving, Texas
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Expected Time to Completion: One to two years

4University of Delaware

University of Delaware

Students can pursue a fully online master of science degree in cybersecurity at the University of Delaware. The University of Delaware has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the NSA (National Security Agency) and DHS (Department of Homeland Security). The program provides students with hands-on training and the foundational theory required for defending infrastructure. The program's faculty includes active researchers and practitioners with experience in military and corporate systems.

The major admission requirements include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year university, a minimum grade point average of 3.0, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores (GRE waivers available), and TOEFL scores for international students.

This online master of science in cybersecurity requires 30 credit hours. It is targeted at professionals with knowledge in information systems, computer science, engineering, or related fields. Courses include an introduction to cybersecurity; advanced cybersecurity; system hardening and protection; digital forensics; secure software design; computer networks; and applied cryptography.

Students are prepared to execute solutions protecting global systems and infrastructure. They will gain knowledge and skills for designing secure networks, systems, and software using a holistic approach.

  • Location: Newark, Delaware
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • Expected Time to Completion: Two years

5Utica College

Utica College

Utica College offers an online master of science (MS) in cybersecurity to equip students with the knowledge and skills to lead cybersecurity units in government agencies, investigative units, or businesses. Students in this program will also participate in a two-day online virtual residency during which they'll interact with their classmates and professors.

Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree or equivalent with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, a completed online application, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a current resume. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit their test scores for either the TOEFL or IELTS.

Comprising 30 credits, the program includes six core courses: principles of cybersecurity; cyber intelligence; critical national infrastructures and national security; principles of cybercrime investigations; and two capstone projects. Students will then go on to complete the remaining four courses within each advising specialization. The specializations include computer forensics, cyber-operations, and electronic crime.

Upon successful completion, graduates can take up roles such as information security analysts, chief security offices, security architects, IT risk managers, cyber operations analysts, principal consultants of cybersecurity, and supplier security compliance managers.

Apart from the MS in cybersecurity, Utica College also offers an online bachelor of science in cybersecurity (120 credits), an online BBA in cybersecurity operations management (120 credits), and an online master of science in cybersecurity operations management (30 credits).

  • Location: Utica, New York State
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • Expected Time to Completion: MS (two years); BS (four years)

6Drexel University

Drexel University

Drexel University offers an online master of science in cybersecurity program providing graduates with detailed technical training for understanding, adapting, and developing new techniques to confront emerging threats in cybersecurity.

The program is ideal for students who have a background in computer science, computer engineering, telecommunications engineering, electrical engineering, and any other closely-related technical fields. Courses in the program are taught by acclaimed Drexel faculty.

To apply for admission, students must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and submit a completed application, transcripts from all universities attended, letters of recommendation, a current resume, and TOEFL scores for international students. GRE scores are not a requirement but are preferred.

Made up of 45 credits, the program includes core courses such as principles of cybersecurity; information policy and ethics; and security engineering. Additional cybersecurity track technical electives are selected in consultation with an academic advisor.

After completing the program, graduates can take up roles such as cryptanalyst, cryptographer, security administrator, security analyst, security architect, security consultant, and security engineer.

  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • Expected Time to Completion: Two years

7Syracuse University

Syracuse University

The Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science offers an online master of science program in cybersecurity. It prepares students to spot, prevent, and fight cybercrime using curricular innovations, multidisciplinary collaboration, and cutting-edge research. The program faculty has won top awards from numerous security organizations. They have also received funding from the NSA (National Security Agency) for developing their cybersecurity program.

The major admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, computer science, cybersecurity, or any other related field from an accredited institution, and an average grade point average of 3.0 or better. Core competencies in data structures, basic systems knowledge, high-level programming, and discrete mathematics are recommended.

The curriculum of this online cybersecurity program includes 15 credits of core courses and 15 credits of electives. Some of the courses in the curriculum include computer security; design and analysis of algorithms; internet security; principles of operating systems; and assurance foundations.

Students learn how to design new information and computer systems, protect web, mobile, and other information platform systems, and analyze and detect data breaches, malware, and other cyberattacks. Upon completion of the program, graduates can find opportunities in industries such as finance, education, oil and gas, entertainment, national defense, and health care.

  • Location: Syracuse, New York
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • Expected Time to Completion: 15 months

8University of Southern California (USC)

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California offers an online master of science in cyber security engineering to professional engineers through its DEN@Viterbi online platform. Students will learn how to navigate challenges with operating systems, secure applications, use of cryptography, key management, and secure networking.

Admission requirements for the program include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in any engineering or engineering-related discipline, transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, a current resume, a personal statement, and English language proficiency for international students.

The program comprises 28 credits and includes courses such as security systems; the foundations and policy for information security; computer systems assurance; security and privacy; applied cryptography; and computer forensics.

Graduates of the program will be well-equipped to pursue opportunities in areas such as homeland security, computer software engineering, computer engineering, computer systems, information security, computer architecture, intelligence analysis, software development, and network administration.

  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Expected Time to Completion: Full-time (1.5 to two years); part-time (2.5 to three years)

9University of Arizona

University of Arizona

The University of Arizona offers a fully online master of science (MS) program in cybersecurity. It provides working professionals with mastery in the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity. This challenging online program allows students to assess, manage, and prevent information security-related risks. The interactive and hands-on courses are taught by the University of Arizona’s excellent faculty members.

The program allows students the option of two different tracks: information systems and physical systems. The program comprises 33 credits, out of which 12 credits comprise common core courses, while the remaining 21 credits are of the selected track. The curriculum includes instruction in information security in public and private sectors; business data communications and networking; systems cybersecurity engineering; and engineering of trustworthy secure systems.

The information systems track includes courses in Information security risk management; systems security management; data mining for business intelligence; cyber threat intelligence; and penetration testing: ethical hacking and social engineering. Courses in the physical systems track include cyber security: concepts, theory, practice; machine learning and data analytics; fundamentals of cloud security; engineering statistics; digital communications systems; and systems engineering process.

To get accepted into the program, applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, an undergraduate degree grade point average of 3.0 or higher, three years of technical work experience, and TOEFL scores for international students.

The program teaches students to prevent, assess, and manage security-related risks, successfully perform vulnerability testing, forensic investigation, and system hardening, and develop threat intelligence.

  • Location: Tucson, Arizona
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Expected Time to Completion: Two years

10Regent University

Regent University

Regent University offers an online master of science in cybersecurity, preparing students to develop holistic cybersecurity measures for their organization.

Students will develop expertise in identity management, network security, disaster recovery, strategic planning, and more. The program is ideal for those with strong ethical and analytical aptitudes and for military members transitioning into a new career.

For admission, applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, a minimum grade point average of 2.5, a completed online application, official college transcripts, a personal goal statement, and English language proficiency for international students.

The program consists of 30 credits and has three concentration options to choose from: cybersecurity practitioner, cybersecurity management, and cybersecurity policy. As part of the program, students will delve into topics such as cybersecurity ethics; information systems security and assurance; internet and network security; digital systems design and forensics; information security management; business continuity & disaster recovery; and cybersecurity compliance.

The program teaches students how to assess computer systems and networks, build technological and organizational structures for protecting digital assets, and develop recovery plans for information (IT DRP). Graduates of the program have career opportunities in areas such as digital forensics engineering, computer programming, cyber intelligence, digital security project management, network or systems administration, and more.

Regent University also offers a 120-credit bachelor of science program in cybersecurity.

  • Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Expected Time to Completion: MS (two years); BS (four years)

Campus Visitation Requirements for Online Cybersecurity Programs

In some cases, students pursuing an online degree in cybersecurity may be required to visit the campus once or twice throughout the calendar year. That being said, this is not the norm; instead, many programs, such as the one offered by Iowa State University, may be completed without ever stepping foot on the campus. This should certainly be considered by those whose schedule prevents them from physically attending courses, or who do not live near a quality institution.

Since campus visitation requirements are not published in a standard manner across universities, please be sure to research specific requirements for your programs of interest. It is not uncommon, even for primarily online programs, to require a campus visit for orientation, for instance, or for the presentation of a capstone project.

Other Considerations for Selecting the Right Program

Finally, there are a few other considerations to remember during the program selection process. For starters, you may wish to inquire about each institution’s career placement assistance or the career success statistics of its graduates.

While neither is synonymous with a job guarantee or long-term career advancement or success, it can help you better understand a program’s post-degree support system. In addition, you may wish to get in contact with the school’s academic advising programs to learn about the advising services offered to online students. Ultimately, remaining diligent by taking these actions can help ensure success during the program and beyond.

How Much Do Cybersecurity Professionals Make?

These numbers represent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from May 2023—the latest figures available as of May 2024.

Information Security Analysts

  • Number employed in the U.S.: 175,350
  • Average annual salary (mean): $ 124,740
  • 10th percentile: $69,210
  • 25th percentile: $90,050
  • 50th percentile (median): $120,360
  • 75th percentile: $153,550
  • 90th percentile: $182,370

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