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Cybersecurity Degree Online Bachelor's Program

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Register By: June 29 Classes Start: July 01

Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Cybersecurity

  • $330/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
  • Validated program of study by the National Security Agency (NSA)1

Online Cybersecurity Degree Overview

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 Cybersecurity 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.

SNHU's cybersecurity programs are aligned with recognized standards such as NIST's NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and CSEC Cyber Security Education Consortium. SNHU has also been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA). 

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What You'll Learn

  • How to apply security principles
  • Analysis and evaluation of risks
  • How to define computing requirements
  • Effective communication
  • Making legal and ethical judgments

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How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom, and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Concentration Options

Choose to study the general track of the cybersecurity bachelor's degree, or add one of 2 career-focused concentrations to your program: data analytics fundamentals and project management fundamentals.

Career Outlook

SNHU cybersecurity graduates are well prepared to launch careers in a wide variety of roles, including:

Cybersecurity Specialist

Works with analysts or managers to perform tasks like vulnerability assessments, security configuration tests, system audits, incident support, and security awareness training.

Cybersecurity Analyst

Lead, coordinate, and perform technical tasks, manage projects, respond to cyber incidents, conduct research, suggest improvements, audit for regulatory compliance, provide subject matter expertise, and perform security assessments.

Cybersecurity Manager

Overseeing organizational cybersecurity at the strategic level, managers build and train teams, recommend policies and controls, assure regulatory compliance, lead major security programs, and build incident detection and response capabilities.

As cyber data threats evolve and move toward the new frontiers of information technology, cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity at Southern New Hampshire University.

Job Growth and Salary

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Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 32% through 2032, much faster than the national average for all occupations.2

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Potential Salary

In addition to higher than average job growth, the median annual salary for information security analyst occupations was $112,000 in 2022.2

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

Should you choose to study cybersecurity beyond the undergraduate level, SNHU offers an online master's in cybersecurity – both as a general track and with a concentration in IT management.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Cybersecurity Degree

Jonathan KamyckPreparing You for Success

Jonathan Kamyck, Associate Dean of Cybersecurity

"We want students to be confident and proficient day one after graduation. We provide our learners with many of the tools, techniques, strategies and methods relevant to a variety of exciting, in-demand cybersecurity jobs."

Courses & Curriculum

The bachelor’s in cybersecurity 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.

120 Credits

8-Week Terms

100% Online

No Set Class Times

SNHU's online cybersecurity 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.

Industry Standard Skills

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
  • Security software: OpenVAS, Snort, Kali Linux, Metasploit, etc.

Rodney Royster with the text Rodney RoysterThe 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 cybersecurity manager. "Almost every business or industry you can think of operates within this space. So, in short, a cybersecurity degree holder can work everywhere. The question here should be, where can they not work?"

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

General Education

All undergraduate students are required to take general education courses, which are part of SNHU's newly redesigned program, The Commons. The goal of The Commons' curriculum is to empower you with some of the most in-demand skills, so you can succeed not only in your academic career, but in your personal and professional life too.

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

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. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.

Tech Credentials

Earn transfer credits for popular industry certifications you already have, including CompTIA A+, Network+ and Linux+.

Cybersecurity Center of Excellence

Through our Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, SNHU proudly supports cybersecurity students across the globe. To learn more about our contributions to the field, and connect with our academic leaders, visit our Cybersecurity Center of Excellence page.

National Security Agency Distinction

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Southern New Hampshire University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA). The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity is SNHU’s validated program of study. 

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education 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.

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 $990 $330 $9,900
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $693 $231 $6,930

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, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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