In a data-driven world, security professionals are essential defenders against cyber threats. Southern New Hampshire University’s Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security online program offers hands-on experiences to help students develop a “security mindset” – empowering them to begin a career building secure systems, protecting information assets and managing organizational risks.
By focusing on systems thinking, a holistic view of how parts of complex systems relate, influence and interact with each other, and adversarial thinking, a deep understanding of hacker tradecraft and adaptive incident response tactics, students 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.
Why earn a cyber security degree at SNHU?
By choosing SNHU's online cyber security degree, you'll get a solid foundation in computing and security principles and how to apply them in a competitive, fast-moving field.
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Exploring the role of data within an organization, students will gain experience through real-world problems using critical data technologies, methods and tools – including data visualization – to share their work in ways that make their findings and results actionable.
Learn about the methodologies and tools needed to manage projects effectively in terms of time, cost, quality, risk and resources. Develop the skills of an experienced project manager by creating detailed project plans for authentic scenarios, focusing on project risk, project integration, quality and procurement.
This 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 include Network Security, Application Security, and Incident Response and Investigation.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning a cyber security degree at SNHU include:
SNHU cyber security graduates are well prepared to launch careers in a wide variety of roles, including:
As data threats expand and evolve – and small and medium-sized businesses increasingly adopt cloud services – the cyber security field is key in protecting the integrity of computer networks. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information security analysts is set to soar 28% through 2026, much faster than the national average for all occupations.*
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.
Southern New Hampshire University's undergraduate cyber security program includes 120 credit hours of general education and degree-specific courses. The bachelor’s in cyber security program will provide hands-on learning with the most current industry tools – accessible via virtual labs that will save you from downloading, installing, updating and trouble-shooting software on your personal computer.
In addition, experienced faculty in this program are experts in their fields and will impart their years of earned knowledge to you while providing opportunities to collaborate with other students who share your interests and career goals.
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills – the skills that go beyond technical knowledge – such as:
All undergraduate students are required to take 45 credits of general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Learn the fundamentals of programming concepts including data types, variables, decision statements, loops, input and output. Develop simple scripts using common scripting language constructs including lists, literals, and regular expressions. Gain an introduction to programming through hands-on activities that are beginner-friendly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We 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.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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