Earn Your Cyber Security Degree Online
- $320/credit (120 total credits)
- Get hands-on experience with online cyber labs
- Earn transfer credits for certifications like CompTIA Network+
- Transfer up to 90 credits
- Participate in National Cyber League competitions
- Open-source software and course materials save students money
Earn Your Cyber Security Degree Online
In a data-driven world, security professionals are essential defenders to protect sensitive data from cyber threats.
Southern New Hampshire University’s Bachelor of Science (BS) in Cyber Security online program provides hands-on experiences to help you develop a “security mindset,” empowering you to begin a career building secure systems, protecting information assets and managing organizational risks.
Specifically, the program will focus on 2 approaches to help build a security mindset:
- Systems thinking: a holistic view of how complex systems relate, influence and interact with each other
- Adversarial thinking: a deep understanding of hacker tradecraft and adaptive incident response tactics
Armed with these methods, you'll learn how to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty and apply proven security principles to solve problems at the critical intersection of people, process and technology.
Learn how to:
- Apply security principles and practices to various components of a system
- Analyze and evaluate systems in the presence of risks and threats
- Identify and define the computing requirements to solve problems
- Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- Make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles
- Help establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, manage risk and produce deliverables
Choose to study the general track of the cyber security bachelor's degree, or add one of 2 career-focused concentrations to your program: data analytics fundamentals and project management fundamentals.
SNHU's cyber security programs are aligned with recognized standards such as NIST's NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and CSEC Cyber Security Education Consortium.
Data Analytics Fundamentals
The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security with a concentration in Data Analytics Fundamentals gives you an introduction to the role data analysis has within an organization.
Throughout the program, you'll gain experience through real-world problems using critical data technologies, methods and tools to share your work in ways that make your findings and results actionable.
By incorporating data analysis courses into your cyber security bachelor's degree program, you'll develop a better understanding of:
- The importance of high-quality data
- Gathering data for analysis
- Using data to solve organizational challenges
Projections look excellent for information security analysts: Through 2030, employment is expected to grow 33% – much faster than the rate of growth for all occupations.1
In May 2021, the median annual wages were also desirable at $102,600.1
According to CyberSeek, entry-level roles in the field2 include:
- Cybercrime analyst
- Cybersecurity specialist
- Incident and intrusion analyst
- IT auditor
Courses may include:
- Role of Data Analysis in Organizations
- Data Validation: Quality and Cleaning
- Gathering Requirements and Collecting Data
If you're interested in a career in data analysis, check out our full online data analytics degree.
Project Management Fundamentals
Learn about the essential methods and tools necessary to lead successful projects when you earn a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security with a concentration in Project Management Fundamentals.
You'll create project plans based on authentic scenarios and learn to work within the triple constraints of time, cost and scope. You'll also explore the concepts of estimation, scheduling, contracting and procurement.
The need for information security analysts continues to rise: Through 2030, employment is expected to increase by 33% – much faster than the average growth for all occupations.1
By taking project management courses alongside your cyber security classes, you can open yourself up to more opportunities in the field. For example, cyber security analysts, incident responders and IT auditors often use project management techniques to plan, prioritize and execute a variety of security-related activities like incident clean-up, vulnerability assessment, process improvement and technology risk evaluation.
In May 2021, the BLS also reported median annual wages of $102,600.1
Courses may include:
- Project Management for CAPM Certification
- Project Contracting and Procurement
- Resource Estimating and Scheduling
If you're seeking a more business-focused education, you may be interested in the online project management degree concentration.
SNHU cyber security graduates are well prepared to launch careers in a wide variety of roles, including:
- Cyber security analyst
- Security administrator
- Information systems security manager
- Information systems security administrator
- Information assurance technician
- Information assurance manager
- Cyber incident responder/SOC (Security operations center) analyst
As cyber data threats evolve and move toward the new frontiers of information technology, cyber security professionals play a key role in protecting the integrity of computer networks.
"There's a huge demand for (security analysts) because they help organizations adapt to changes in technology, respond to increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks, and operate more effectively," said Jonathan Kamyck, associate dean of cyber security at Southern New Hampshire University.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information security analysts is set to soar 33% through 2030, much faster than the national average for all occupations, and the median annual salary for information security analyst occupations was $102,600 in May 2021.1
Should you choose to study cyber security beyond the undergraduate level, SNHU offers a online master's degree in cyber security – both as a general track and with a concentration in IT management.
Start Your Journey Toward an Online Cyber Security Degree
Why SNHU for Your Cyber Security Degree
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
As part of our mission to make higher education more accessible, we’re committed to keeping our tuition rates low. In fact, we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), a regional accreditor, which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, SNHU has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
- U.S. News & World Report named SNHU the 2021 Most Innovative University in the North and one of the nation's "Best Regional Universities"
- Awarded the 21st Century Distance Learning Award for Excellence in Online Technology by The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
- A $1 million grant from Google.org to explore soft skills assessments for high-need youth
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 300,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate the field. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
96.5% of students would recommend SNHU (according to a 2019 survey of 9,200+ online students). Discover why SNHU may be right for you.
Opportunities to prepare you for your career:
- Technology competitions: Outside the classroom, participate in National Cyber League (NCL) competitions to demonstrate cyber expertise valued by employers. SNHU students and teams have multiple Top 10 finishes and fielded the first all-female team.
- Cyber Security Center of Excellence: Through our Cyber Security Center of Excellence, SNHU proudly supports cyber security students across the globe. To learn more about our contributions to the field, and connect with our academic leaders, visit our Cyber Security Center of Excellence page.
Expanding access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials:
- Completed free undergraduate application
- Prior transcripts, which we can retrieve at no cost to you
- Test scores are not required as part of your application
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
How to Apply
If you’re ready to apply, follow these simple steps to get the process going:
- Complete a free undergraduate application
- Submit any additional documents required
- Work with an admission counselor to explore financial options and walk through the application process
If you have questions or need help filling out your application, call 1.888.387.0861 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cyber Security Center of Excellence
Through our Cyber Security Center of Excellence, SNHU proudly supports cyber security students across the globe. To learn more about our contributions to the field, and connect with our academic leaders, visit our Cyber Security Center of Excellence page.
Courses & Curriculum
The bachelor’s in cyber security program provides hands-on learning with the most current industry tools – accessible via virtual labs that will save you from downloading, installing, updating and troubleshooting software on your personal computer.
"We want students to be confident and proficient day one after graduation," said Jonathan Kamyck, associate dean of cyber security at Southern New Hampshire University. "We provide our learners with many of the tools, techniques, strategies and methods relevant to a variety of exciting, in-demand cyber security jobs."
SNHU's online cyber security degree program prepares you to solve complex problems, respond to cyber threats, assess risk, and apply cutting-edge security techniques with courses that may include Network Security, Application Security, and Incident Response and Investigation.
Also throughout the program, you'll engage with industry-standard operating systems (Windows and Linux), computer networking devices and simulation tools (Cisco Packet Tracer, GNS3, pfSense), programming and scripting languages (Python, Java, Linux shells, and Microsoft PowerShell) and security software (OpenVAS, Snort, Kali Linux, Metasploit, etc.)
The online curriculum works well because of a strong focus on skill development environments. In addition, experienced faculty in this program impart their years of earned knowledge to you while providing opportunities to collaborate with other students who share your interests and career goals.
"Today, computers and digital media are everywhere," said SNHU adjunct instructor Rodney Royster, a senior cyber security manager. "Almost every business or industry you can think of operates within this space. So, in short, a cyber security degree holder can work everywhere. The question here should be, where can they not work?"
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
- General education courses: All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
- Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
- Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment.
- Transfer credits for tech credentials: Earn transfer credits for popular industry certifications you already have, including CompTIA A+, Network+ and Linux+.
|View Full Curriculum in the Catalog|
|BS in Cybersecurity|
|Courses May Include|
|BS in Cyber Security Online|
|IT 140||Introduction to Scripting||Students will learn the fundamentals of programming concepts including data types, variables, decision statements, loops, functions and file handling. By developing simple scripts, students will understand how to use common scripting language constructs including lists, literals, and regular expressions to build useful applications.|
|IT 145||Foundation in Application Development||Students will use programming as a problem-solving technique in business and engineering applications. In writing computer code in a logical, structured, and organized manner, students will learn how to incorporate the key concepts of object orientation into their programming. Additionally, students will learn to write, review, and document interactive applications and work with Software Development Kits and Integrated Development Environment tools.|
|IT 200||Fundamentals of Information Technology||Students will learn about the fundamental knowledge and skills required in the information technology (IT) field. While exploring the various roles and functions of IT professionals, students will engage with basic technologies, hardware, software, and a systems thinking approach to solving problems.|
|IT 202||Computer Operating Systems||Students will explore the different features and components of common operating systems while learning how industry best practices and organizational requirements impact the selection, implementation, and maintenance of their operating systems. Students will also learn how to troubleshoot and solve computing problems common to an organizational environment.|
|IT 212||Introduction to Computer Networks||Students will learn the basics of interconnectivity of computing systems. With fundamental networking knowledge, students will design a basic and secure computing environment that consists of a network, server, client system, and firewall.|
|CYB 200||Cybersecurity Foundations||Gain familiarity with foundational cybersecurity concepts and terms. Learn the difference between adversarial and environmental threats and analyze how security practitioners respond to each. Explore legal and human factors and examine how they influence the development of organizational security strategies.|
|CYB 210||Computer Networking||Learn the basics of computer networking. Examine different network architectures and approaches to network design. Gain practical experience by performing common network implementation and administration tasks.|
|CYB 220||Network Security||Learn about common network-based attacks and how to defeat them. Explore the use of intrusion detection/prevention technologies and information flow controls to protect networked systems. Analyze security concerns related to virtual systems and networks.|
|CYB 230||Operating System Security||Learn the techniques and strategies used to protect modern operating systems. Employ best practices to securely provision operating system components and services. Troubleshoot insecure settings to reduce the risk of system compromise.|
|CYB 250||Cyber Defense||Explore common strategies and tactics employed by security practitioners to protect networks, systems, applications, and data. Learn the principles of cryptography and examine the critical role it plays in protecting information assets. Analyze the impact of emerging technologies and evolving social trends on the field of cybersecurity.|
|CYB 240||Application Security||Explore the fundamental principles and practices of application security. Identify common software vulnerabilities and develop strategies to reduce their potential impact. Analyze and assess the security posture of multi-tiered web applications.|
|CYB 300||System and Communication Security||Build upon basic operating system security by securing communication between networked systems. Implement transport layer security (TLS) and a public key infrastructure (PKI). Use a scripting language to automate security-relevant tasks and verify compliance with organizational security standards.|
|CYB 310||Network Defense||Deploy technologies to detect and defeat network-based attacks. Use common tools to operate at different layers of the network stack, implement information flow controls, and develop reliable methods to identify malicious network traffic.|
|CYB 320||Incident Response and Investigation||Explore incident analysis and response techniques within the context of an enterprise. Learn basic digital forensic terminology and how incident response activities inform and augment digital investigations.|
|CYB 400||Security Assessment and Auditing||Learn how to assess and audit information systems using structured approaches. Discover compliance gaps, identify security vulnerabilities, and recommend corrective actions. Learn how to effectively communicate findings and recommendations to organizational stakeholders.|
|CYB 410||Security Risk Management||Apply the principles of risk management to solve real-world security problems. Learn how risk management influences organizational security programs. Explore how the concepts of threat, impact, relevance, and likelihood are woven together to develop balanced, effective security controls.|
|CYB 420||Enterprise Security||Create and implement a comprehensive plan to protect an organization's assets from relevant adversarial and environmental threats. Employ basic project management methods to achieve milestones, align resources, and foster collaboration with stakeholders.|
|Total Credits: 120|
Minimum Hardware Requirements
PC (Windows OS)
Apple (Mac OS)
Currently supported operating system from Microsoft.
Currently supported operating system from Apple.
8GB or higher
8GB or higher
100GB or higher
100GB or higher
Required for campus students. Strongly recommended for online students.
Required for campus students. Strongly recommended for online students.
SNHU Purchase Programs
5 Mbps Download, 1 Mbps Upload and less than 100 ms Latency
5 Mbps Download, 1 Mbps Upload and less than 100 ms Latency
- Laptop or desktop? Whichever you choose depends on your personal preference and work style, though laptops tend to offer more flexibility.
- Note: Chromebooks (Chrome OS) and iPads (iOS) do not meet the minimum requirements for coursework at SNHU. These offer limited functionality and do not work with some course technologies. They are not acceptable as the only device you use for coursework. While these devices are convenient and may be used for some course functions, they cannot be your primary device. SNHU does, however, have an affordable laptop option that it recommends: Dell Latitude 3301 with Windows 10.
- Office 365 Pro Plus is available free of charge to all SNHU students and faculty. The Office suite will remain free while you are a student at SNHU. Upon graduation you may convert to a paid subscription if you wish. Terms subject to change at Microsoft's discretion. Review system requirements for Microsoft 365 plans for business, education and government.
- Antivirus software: Check with your ISP as they may offer antivirus software free of charge to subscribers.
Tuition & Fees
As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.
We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
|Online Undergraduate Programs||Per Course||Per Credit Hour||Annual Cost for 30 credits|
|Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*||$675||$225||$6,750|
Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.
Additional Costs No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get a cyber security degree online?
Of course. Our own BS in Cyber Security is 100% online. That means you'll get the flexibility of learning on your time – all while getting the experience you need to take the next step of your career.
“Our classes are 100% online, but the program is packed with hands-on labs to help you learn how to use industry-standard tools and techniques," said Dr. Denise Kinsey, technical program facilitator of cyber security at SNHU.
"Some courses even include the main concepts on certification exams, helping you prepare for additional credentials while you earn your degree.”
How much does it cost to get a degree in cyber security?
The cost of a degree in cyber security varies depending on the school. At SNHU, we're proud to offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation (just $320 per credit).
As a university built for people, not for profit, we seek any opportunity we can to help make your education more affordable.
For one, you could take advantage of our generous transfer policy. We accept up to 90 transfer credits for all campus and online bachelor's degree programs – helping you make the most of your experience (and save time and tuition along the way).
You may also qualify for one of our grants, scholarships or tuition discounts. If, for example, you've served in the military or are the spouse of a service member, you could qualify for up to 30% tuition discounts.
Looking for more ways to save, or just want to learn more about how to pay for college? Ask your admission counselor.
What can you do with a bachelor's in cyber security?
Cybersecurity is an important field that's projected to grow significantly in the coming years. A bachelor's degree can help you build the skills you need to break into it.
"With a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity you can begin a rewarding career as a cybersecurity analyst, often specializing in your favorite area of cybersecurity." said Dr. Denise Kinsey, technical program facilitator of cyber security at SNHU. "You’ll have the tools and learn the techniques that are essential for success in the workplace."
"Cybersecurity touches every aspect of our lives," she said. "From the physical locks on our doors to our financial and medical records, our ability to communicate and share information, and essentially function in today’s world. The skills you learn in this program will provide the basis for protecting that information."
Is cyber security a good degree?
If you want a career in a fast-growing field with a variety of job opportunities, a cyber security degree could be a good fit.
With an online cyber security degree from SNHU, you’ll develop a security mindset and be empowered to begin a career building secure systems, protecting information assets and managing technology risks for businesses and organizations.
As technology continues to become more ingrained in our personal and professional lives, cyber crimes like phishing schemes and data breaches have also grown and evolved.
A 2022 report reported that global cybercrime costs are expected to grow by 15% per year over the next five years, reaching $10.5 trillion annually by 2025 – up from $3 trillion in 2015.3
According to the international cybersecurity organization (ISC)², even with the economic challenges presented by COVID-19, the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap remained high at 4 million worldwide and a US workforce gap of 400,000.4
What kind of degree do you need for cyber security?
The kind of cyber security degree you need depends on the job you want.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that information security analysts typically need a bachelor's degree.1 And earning a master's degree in cyber security could help you specialize in a specific area of the field or prepare you for leadership positions.
Cyber security jobs often also look for workers with industry certifications. There are many cyber security certifications available from a variety of organizations and institutions that improve and test your knowledge in specific areas of the cyber security field and ensure prospective employers of your skills and expertise.
Is a bachelor's degree in cyber security worth it?
A bachelor’s degree in cyber security is the first step to a rewarding technology career, and can prepare you for jobs with strong salaries and career growth potential.
According to the BLS, the median annual wage for information security analysts was $102,600 in May 2021 with top 10% make in more than $165,920 annually.1
Demand for skilled cyber security workers is also expected to continue. The BLS predicts cyber security jobs will grow 33% by 2030 – much faster than the national average job growth for all occupations.1
How long does a cyber security degree take?
If you’ve earned college credit before or have earned industry certifications like CompTIA A+, Network+ and Linux+, you may be able to transfer credits to your degree program so you can save time and money.
If you can attend school full time, you’ll complete your degree faster. If you work full time or have a family and need to fit your coursework into an already busy schedule, you may need to complete your degree at a slower pace.
What is a major in cyber security?
As a cyber security major, you’ll explore the security risks that organizations and individuals face in today’s technology-driven world.
With courses including Network Security, Application Security and Incident Response and Investigation, you’ll prepare to solve complex problems, respond to cyber threats, assess risk and apply cutting-edge security techniques.
You’ll have access to real-world learning opportunities through SNHU’s virtual labs that simulate actual operating environments so you can test your skills and gain key hands-on experience.
Additional learning opportunities outside of the classroom, including SNHU’s Center for Academic Excellence - Cyber Defense, online student clubs and National Cyber League competitions, will allow you to connect with other students and industry professionals who share your interests and career goals. Another plus? They'll look great on your resume.
Is cyber security a difficult major?
Getting started in cyber security does require some knowledge of basic IT principles and tools, as well as a strong understanding of mathematics.
But if you’re new to the information technology world, a cyber security online bachelor’s degree program can help provide much of this foundational knowledge and experience. You’ll study the fundamentals of programming concepts, learn common scripting language and gain an introduction to computer programs with hands-on activities designed for beginners.
And while coding and mathematics are key to cyber security careers, soft skills like communication, critical thinking and problem-solving can be just as valuable.
"A lot of what you do in IT is building relationships," said SNHU adjunct instructor Gary Asp, a senior security and compliance analyst. "Good communication is 80% listening and 20% talking. That helps build those good relationships because the people that you're communicating with feel heard, which opens the pathways for good collaboration. And you absolutely need collaboration for good IT security."
Licensure and Certification Disclosures
SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
Sources & Citations (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm (viewed April 25, 2022)
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
2 CyberSeek, Cybersecurity Career Pathway, on the internet, at https://www.cyberseek.org/pathway.html (viewed April 25, 2022)
3 Cybercrime Magazine, 2022 Cybersecurity Almanac, on the internet, at https://cybersecurityventures.com/cybersecurity-almanac-2022/ (viewed July 20, 2022)
4(ISC)2, Cybersecurity Professionals Stand Up to a Pandemic: (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, 2020, on the internet at https://www.isc2.org/-/media/ISC2/Research/2020/Workforce-Study/ISC2ResearchDrivenWhitepaperFINAL.ashx (viewed April 30, 2021)