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Online Bachelor of Science in
Cybersecurity

Secure Tomorrow’s Technology Today: Launch a Career in Cybersecurity.
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Earn Your Cybersecurity Degree and Steer the Future of Digital Defense.

CSUSM’s online bachelor’s in cybersecurity equips you with essential skills and knowledge to safeguard digital assets, corporations and even nations against increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. 

During your final-year capstone project, you’ll apply your cyberdefense expertise in real-world settings, partnering with organizations to tackle genuine security challenges. 

There’s never been a better time to launch your cybersecurity career. Cyberthreats are rapidly rising, and the industry is facing a critical shortage of skilled professionals to meet this challenge—up to 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs remain unfilled globally. 

100% Online Program

Complete in Just 5 Semesters

Gain Hands-On Experience

 

Application Deadlines
Applications to the online BS in Cybersecurity program are reviewed on a rolling basis; apply at any time! However, priority is given to applications that are received by these deadlines: 
  • Fall 2024: July 24, 2024


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National center of excellence

CSUSM holds full accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the authoritative accrediting agency for higher education institutions in the Western region. 

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Quick facts
Fast-Track Degree Completion: The BS in Cybersecurity is specifically designed for students who have earned some college credits and are looking to complete an accelerated bachelor’s degree while juggling personal and professional obligations. 

Real-World Collaboration: Engage directly with industry leaders on live cybersecurity projects, gaining practical experience and building valuable professional connections that are essential for a successful career in the rapidly evolving field of cybersecurity.  

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Admission and Costs

Admission

This is a degree-completion program. Students must complete required prerequisite courses and some transferable units. Additionally, applicants are required to fulfill the CSU general education transfer requirements. 

Costs and Financial Aid

  • $530 per unit
  • Discounts available for active-duty military
  • Eligible for financial aid

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Who Is This Cybersecurity Degree For?
Does this sound like you?
  • Tech professionals seeking to enhance their career prospects through specialized knowledge in cyberdefense and information security.  
  • Career changers with tech backgrounds looking to pivot to a new, dynamic career in cybersecurity.  
  • Members of the armed forces and veterans ready to leverage their unique experience into the field of cybersecurity.  
  • IT professionals who want to advance into management and leadership roles in the information security space. 

Curriculum Highlights

The BS in Cybersecurity curriculum provides a thorough exploration of the multifaceted aspects of cybersecurity, including organizational data systems, network infrastructure, device security and critical service protections, offering a broad and integrated perspective. 

Secure Software Development

Gain an in-depth understanding of the principles and practices essential for designing and developing secure software systems. This course covers the latest security protocols, threat models and defense mechanisms tailored for software development. You'll explore secure design and coding practices, vulnerability assessment, risk management and the integration of security features throughout the software development lifecycle. 

AI for Cybersecurity

Explore the dynamic intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity in this course. You will learn how AI technologies such as machine learning and deep learning can be harnessed to enhance cybersecurity measures, detect vulnerabilities and automate emergency threat detection and response. The curriculum guides you through various AI models, their applications in cyberdefense, and the ethical considerations of using AI in securing digital assets. 

Cybersecurity Capstone

Apply your comprehensive knowledge acquired throughout the program to real-world security challenges. Collaborate with actual organizations to engage in extensive security projects, testing your abilities in security analysis, mitigation strategies and solution implementation. This course challenges you to tackle complex cybersecurity issues, demonstrating your readiness for a professional career in cybersecurity. 
 

Careers and Job Outlooks

Position Yourself for Professional Growth

The information security sector in the U.S. is experiencing robust job and salary growth. 

169,900

Industry Openings Each Year

32%

Projected Job Growth through 2031

$112,000

Median Salary for Cybersecurity Roles

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Potential Career Paths
The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity is designed with adaptability in mind, enabling you to pursue any number of security or IT roles, including new emerging disciplines. Some prominent examples include, but are not limited to: 
  • Cybersecurity Analyst 
  • Information Security Analyst 
  • Cybersecurity Engineer 
  • Security Specialist 
  • Security Manager 
  • Systems Administrator 
  • Security Architect 
  • Penetration Tester 

 

FAQ

  • What is a degree-completion program?
    Degree-completion programs at CSUSM cater to individuals who have initiated, yet not completed, their four-year undergraduate degrees. If you have earned at least 60 transferable units, you are eligible for this coveted bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity from Cal State San Marcos. 
  • What is a cohort?
    A cohort is a group of students who work through a curriculum together to achieve the same academic degree. Because they are accepted into the same program, take their classes together and graduate together, students in cohorts form strong bonds, creating a support system and professional network that proves beneficial during and after the program. 
  • What colleges can BS Cybersecurity students transfer from?
    Students from various community colleges across the nation as well as in Southern California, including Palomar College, MiraCosta College, Southwestern Community College and Imperial Valley College, are well-equipped to transition into our online BS Cybersecurity program.
  • What kinds of careers will I be prepared for after completing this program?
    Students who complete this program can pursue a career as cybersecurity analyst, cybersecurity engineer, network engineer, systems engineer, DevSecOps engineer, software developer, cybersecurity manager, penetration and vulnerability tester, systems administrator, cybersecurity consultant, cybersecurity specialist and information security officer, just to name a few prominent roles. 
  • What services do you offer to active military, veterans and dependents?
    Please visit our military and veteran services page to learn how we can help. 

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*Salary Sources
Unfilled jobs: https://cybersecurityventures.com/jobs/ 
Salary: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm 

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