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Cyber Security Degree Online Bachelor's Program

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Register By: January 02 Classes Start: January 04

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 Online Cyber Security Degree

In a data-driven world, security professionals are essential defenders to protect sensitive data from theft against 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.

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 – 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:

  • 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
  • Apply security principles and practices to various components of a system
  • Analyze and evaluate systems in the presence of risks and threats

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 or project management.

SNHU's cyber security programs are aligned with recognized standards such as NIST's NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, NSA Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense and CSEC Cyber Security Education Consortium.

Concentration Options

Career Outlook

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

  • Information security manager
  • Information systems security administrator
  • Information technology security analyst
  • Security analyst or security engineer
  • Security manager or security policy analyst

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.

"There's a huge demand for (security analysts) because they help organizations that weren't built to handle these types of threats continuously adapt and continue to operate in spite of them," 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 32% through 2028, much faster than the national average for all occupations, and the median annual salary for information security analyst occupations was $99,730 in May 2019.1

Should you choose to study cyber security beyond the undergraduate level, SNHU offers a 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

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 trouble-shooting software on your personal computer.

Jonathan Kamyck with text Jonathan Kamyck"We want students to be able to be effectively operating day one after graduation," said Jonathan Kamyck, associate dean of cyber security at Southern New Hampshire University. "We want to give them all the tools, techniques, methods and tradecraft necessary to succeed out of the gate."

SNHU's 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 curriculum works well in the online environment because of the strong focus on skill development and can effectively leverage online labs and simulation environments. Like the CyberSim Virtual Workstation – a flexible, reconfigurable, virtualized “network in a box” that simulates real-world, enterprise-grade operating environments.

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.

Rodney Royster with the text Rodney Royster"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. Show your knowledge of the materials in your program's math courses, and you could earn up to 12 math credits – at less than $50 for each course assessment (statistics or precalculus).
  • Transfer credits for tech credentials: Earn transfer credits for popular industry certifications you already have, including CompTIA A+, Network+ and Linux+.

Tuition & Fees

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.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
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.

Additional Costs
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ 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.

University Accreditation

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.

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