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BS in Computer Information Technology: Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Uphold the Confidentiality, Integrity, and Assurance of Company Data

Prepare for industry certification

SACSCOC accredited

85% job placement rate

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  • Duration 3.5 years
  • Cost per Credit $400
  • Credit Hours 124

Program Benefits

  • Prepare for in-demand cybersecurity careers
  • Eight-week sessions
  • Skills to stand out among employers

Strengthen Your Professional Capabilities With Cybersecurity Expertise

Respond to the critical threat of security breaches and address the cybersecurity skills gap with the online cybersecurity and information assurance concentration. With this program, you’ll gain foundational information technology knowledge and innovative security skills to protect the sensitive information of businesses and individuals.

When you graduate, you’ll have the career-ready skills for success in a variety of in-demand cybersecurity and IT roles, plus the academic preparation to pursue industry certification or a master’s degree.

IT and Business Career Information

  • 33% industry growth for information security analysts through 20301
  • Prepare for industry certifications including Certified Ethical Hacker, Network+, Security+, Cloud+, Cyber Security, and Cloud Security
  • 85% job placement rate for graduates
  • Build connections, exchange ideas, and receive academic support through Methodist University student communities

Modality 100% online

Duration 3.5 Years

Total Credits 124

Prepare for the Future of the Dynamic Cybersecurity Field

The online Cybersecurity and Information Assurance concentration is taught by industry experts who provide personalized attention to every student. Through an interactive, online classroom, you’ll build a strong understanding of software design as you explore risk management concepts, technical problem solving, the legal aspects of cybersecurity, and more.

The course is an applied approach with hands-on labs throughout the book that challenge you to practice and synthesize your skills as you dissect actual malware samples, and pages of detailed dissections offer an over-the-shoulder look at how the pros do it. You will learn how to crack open malware to see how it works, determine what damage it has done, thoroughly clean your network, and ensure that the malware never comes back. Malware analysis is a cat-and-mouse game with constantly changing rules, so make sure you have the fundamentals.

The course will introduce the principles and techniques associated with the cybersecurity practice known as penetration testing or ethical hacking. The course covers planning, reconnaissance, scanning, exploitation, post-exploitation, and result reporting. The student discovers how system vulnerabilities can be exploited and learn to avoid such problems.

This course presents an overview of the principles and practices of digital investigation. The objective of this class is to emphasize the fundamentals and importance of digital forensics. Students will learn different techniques and procedures that enable them to perform a digital investigation. This course focuses mainly on the analysis of physical storage media and volume analysis.

Career Outlook

With the online Cybersecurity and Information Assurance concentration, you’ll become an expert problem solver with advanced knowledge of technical security. Put your essential information technology skills to work after graduation in a variety of in-demand cybersecurity roles, including:

Information Security Analyst $103,590 per year1

Cybersecurity Engineer $96,901 per year2

Web Developer $77,200 per year3

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Modality 100% online

Duration 3.5 Years

Total Credits 124

Solve Real-World Problems With Expert IT and Business Skills

The online Business Information Systems concentration is taught by industry experts who provide personalized attention to every student. Through an interactive, online classroom, you’ll build essential database management skills while exploring data structures, diverse web technologies, concepts of software programming, and more.

Survey of the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling within both structural and behavioral contexts. Emphasis is given to individual behavior, interpersonal relationships, small groups, inter-group relations, leadership, and change within the various structures of contemporary formal organizations. Also, involves the study of organizational structure including the design of centralization, formalization, and complexity. Student teams are used to study course content through case studies and to experience the dynamics of team membership.

An intensive course in the study of large programming projects and how they are accomplished/implemented in the Unix programming environment. Topics include Java, C, and the Unix programming environment; the tools that Java, C, and Unix provide for dealing with large programming projects; and various topics in software engineering.

Complexity, data structures, searching and sorting not covered in 3010, graphs, and mathematical algorithms.

Career Outlook

The online Business Information Systems concentration combines essential skills for business success with advanced IT knowledge. When you complete the program, you’ll be prepared to develop technical solutions and solve problems in a variety of in-demand roles, including:

Software Engineer $107,510 per year4

Computer Programmer $89,190 per year5

Management Analyst $87,660 per year6

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Frequently Asked Questions

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You can complete this online program in three to five years. To help you graduate faster, Methodist University accepts up to 93 transfer credits from a regionally accredited university. Explore more details on the admissions page.

This flexible program is available in full- and part-time formats. Choose the format that works best for you, with the option to continue working as you earn this degree. To review the curriculum for this online program, visit the courses page.

The program’s total tuition is $49,600, and the cost per semester hour is $400. This estimate does not include fees or other costs you may incur. More than 97% of students receive significant financial aid to reduce the “sticker price” of $49,600, which raises the value of your BS in Computer Information Technology degree. Plus, numerous scholarships are available for Methodist University’s online programs.

For more information about tuition, additional costs, and financial aid options, please visit our tuition page.

To gain admission into the program, you must provide:

  • Completed application
  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Official transcripts (if you have transfer credits) and a high school or GED transcript

Learn more about the admissions process on our admissions page.

Yes. For this program, Methodist University accepts up to 93 transfer credits from a regionally accredited university. To review the eligibility requirements, request more information or call 910-212-4956 to speak with a knowledgeable counselor.