Bachelor of Science, Cybersecurity

Bachelor of Science, Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Careers

  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Consultant 
  • Cybersecurity Manager/Administrator
  • Systems Engineer 
  • Network Engineer/Architect
  • Software Developer/Engineer 
  • Vulnerability Analyst/Penetration Tester

Earn a Cybersecurity Degree Online or On Campus

In this increasingly digital world, qualified cybersecurity professionals are in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of information security analysts will grow 33 percent in the next 10 years, much faster than the average for all occupations, and recent research from McAfee Corp. estimates that cyber criminals take more than $1 trillion from the world economy every year. Both trends are tied to the growing number of data breaches across nearly all industries but particularly to those in health care and financial sectors where privacy and security are of the utmost importance.

With a Cybersecurity Bachelor’s degree from Mid-America Christian University (MACU), you can play a key role in preventing these crimes and keeping individuals and businesses safe. With MACU’s accredited on-campus or online Cybersecurity Degree, you’ll gain knowledge about this growing threat and learn how to use the latest tools to address it. Our cybersecurity program provides the skills you need for success as an entry-level information systems and cybersecurity professional. Whether you take classes remotely or on our campus in Oklahoma City, Okla., you will be prepared to: 

  • Identify the security needs of information systems
  • Examine risks to the security of information systems
  • Implement and maintain security solutions
  • Identify security issues in a legal context
  • Use countermeasures to tackle hacking
  • Conduct security audits

Prep for CCENT, CompTIA CYSA+ Certifications

MACU students learn not only in the classroom, but also through real-world experiences designed to increase employability. MACU’s accredited cybersecurity courses are created and taught by experienced field experts who are wholly dedicated to your personal and professional success, and they will help you get the knowledge and qualifications you need to enter the fast-growing cybersecurity industry.

Coursework in our Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity is specifically designed to prepare you for the Cisco Certified Entry Networking (CCENT) and CompTIA CYSA+ certification exams.

MACU’s Cybersecurity Bachelor’s Degree Available Online

Choose an accredited, accelerated, online cybersecurity degree program that’s designed especially for busy adult students. Eligible students can take advantage of MACU’s prior learning credits and earn up to 30 credits for a wide range of prior learning. Students who are veterans and active members of the military can also earn credits for their training.

Other benefits MACU offers to its online students working toward an information security degree:

  • Minimal upfront fees and a well-established orientation program
  • Small classes / low faculty-to-student ratio
  • Christ-centered instruction
  • Just one class at a time in a consecutive order
  • A full complement of student services
  • Many connections to the MACU community

All online undergraduate programs are accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.

On-Campus Students in Cybersecurity Enjoy Best of Small-Campus, Big-City Experience

At MACU, on-campus students enjoy the best of both worlds: a small, walkable campus where Christian community is a major focus and access to the growing, diverse place Oklahoma City, Okla., has become. While living on a campus where they can get to know peers and professors face to face, students have access at the same time to a growing cosmopolitan center with a strong economy; a low cost of living; and world-class cultural venues, restaurants, outdoor activities, and more. In addition, we emphasize:

  • Belonging, safety, and support
  • An education that effectively integrates a faith-based worldview, career exploration and development, and stimulating, purpose-driven studies
  • Affordability through financial aid, scholarships, and flexible program pathways to help students complete their degree as efficiently as possible
  • Student health, wellbeing, and personal and spiritual growth

More advantages of an on-campus degree program at MACU include low faculty-to-student ratio, a wide range of support services, activities and groups for every interest, and competitive sports and esports teams.

MACU Builds Ethics Into Every Cybersecurity Course

We believe our Christ-centered curriculum prepares students in our online and on-campus Bachelor’s of Science in Cybersecurity for success personally and professionally. All degrees at MACU feature an ethics component, ensuring you enter the workforce with a strong moral foundation and stand out from the crowd. Not only are you prepared for leadership roles in your chosen profession and in your community, but it also serves as a foundation for personal faith development.

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Courses

CMSC 1203

Foundations of Programming

This course lays the foundation of programming using flowcharts and pseudocode. It develops understanding of logic and algorithms in programming. The focus is on developing programming skills and knowledge by implementing conditional statements, loops, and functions.

CMSC 3123

Working with Data Structures

This course builds on foundational programming skills to address more advanced concepts of data structures and database design. Students implement database concepts by developing programs to collect user input, identify records using selection criteria, and perform analysis. Focus will be on the management and implementations of data structures such as arrays, queues, stacks, strings, and lists.

CYBR 3003

Securing Information

This course focuses on the importance of securing the IT infrastructure. It also covers ways that make the IT infrastructure vulnerable and steps that should be taken to secure it against malicious attacks. It introduces the role of security policy and implementation issues related to it. Students get an opportunity to audit, test, and monitor an IT system.

CYBR 3103

Risk Management and IT Security

This course explore the roles of risk management in ensuring the security of information systems. Areas of study include standards, policies, best practices, and compliance laws for risk management. The course discusses methods of assessing, analyzing, and managing risks. Further, it discusses how to create a business continuity plan, disaster recovery plan, and computer incident response team plan for a given scenario within an organization.

CYBR 3203

Network Communications, Infrastructure, and Technology

This course explores computer networking and telecommunications technologies. Students analyze the performance, management, and security challenges associated with network communications infrastructure through voice, data, and video applications.

CYBR 3303

Authorization and Access Security

This course discusses the concept of configuring authorization and access control for information systems and applications. Topics include implementing secure remote access, implementing PKI and encryption solutions, and mitigating risk from unauthorized access through proper testing and reporting strategies

CYBR 3503

Securing Windows

This course focuses on the importance of securing the IT infrastructure. It also covers ways that make the IT infrastructure vulnerable and steps that should be taken to secure it against malicious attacks. It introduces the role of security policy and implementation issues related to it. Students get an opportunity to audit, test, and monitor an IT system.

CYBR 4303

Hacking Techniques and Countermeasures

This course discusses hacking techniques and countermeasures. It covers tools and techniques that can be used for identifying system vulnerabilities that hackers can take advantage of. The course provides students an opportunity to practice ethical hacking procedures for attempting unauthorized access to target systems and data. It also discusses incident handling procedures in case of an information security compromise.

CYBR 4403

An Introduction to Cybercrime Forensics

This course explores the discipline of cybercrime forensics. It describes various security threats and discusses legal considerations that cybersecurity professionals face while investigating cybercrimes. The course provides students an opportunity to study cybercrime investigation tools and examine their use in the collection, examination, and preservation of evidence for prosecution.

CYBR 4503

Cloud Security

This course discusses the many aspects of cloud security. It covers both architecture and design, as well as cloud administration, legal issues, risk avoidance and compliance. It also covers both cloud platform security and cloud application security.

CYBR 4993

Cybersecurity Analyst

This course is designed to help prepare the student to be able to pass the CYSA+ exam administered by CompTIA. Student will access hands-on virtual labs in order to prepare them for this exam.

MISE 1103

Hardware and Software Environment

This course looks at foundational topics related to information technology. Topics include computing devices, hardware software, operating systems, computer networks, security, and computer programming. Logical problem solving, troubleshooting, and maintenance of computer systems are also introduced.

MISE 1203

Basics of Networking

This course explains the fundamentals of networking concepts. It focuses on technological advances made in the field of computer networks. It also covers impact OSI and TCP/IP model and how it relates to network communication. The course also details the importance of different protocols in a network and tools required to secure the network.

MISE 2103

Client-Server Networks I

This course illustrates the basic technology included in an operating system that is part of a network. It covers how to install, configure, and secure the client operating system. The course also covers steps to configure various network services in the client operating system and steps to configure service in a server operating system.

MISE 2203

Physical Networks

This course explains how computer networks are created using physical components. Students get an opportunity to construct a physical network by using wires, network devices, network protocols, tools, and standards. The course also compares and contrasts different transmission media and network devices based on transmission rates.

MISE 2303

Client-Server Networks II

This course focuses on installing and configuring network operating systems. It covers configuring key network services relevant for a server in a network. Students get an opportunity to apply policies on the network operating system, secure the network, and troubleshoot problems related to these services.

MISE 4213

Configuring Email and Web Services

This course focuses on configuring email and web services in the network. It also details procedures of how to configure a web server, secure a web server, install a Mail server, and secure a Mail server. Students get an opportunity to define roles and policies related to email and web services.

MISE 4513

Advanced Networks (Routing and Switching)

This course is a study of routers, switches, and other computer and telecommunication network devices. The course will include information on network and routing protocols, local and wide area networks, and VLANs as well as device configuration, management, and troubleshooting and will be exploring many of the concepts found in the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certification exam.


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