BS in Computer Information Technology: Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
Uphold the Confidentiality, Integrity, and Assurance of Company Data
Prepare for Industry Certification
85% Job Placement Rate
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- Duration 3.5 years
- Cost per Credit $400
- Credit Hours 124
- Prepare for in-demand cybersecurity careers
- Eight-week terms
- Skills to stand out to potential 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
- Expect 33% industry growth for information security analysts through 2030.1
- Prepare for industry certifications including Certified Ethical Hacker, Network+, Security+, Cloud+, Cyber Security, and Cloud Security.
- MU currently holds a 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.
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
Cybersecurity Engineer $96,901
Web Developer $77,200 per year3
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.
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
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 credit 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
- Methodist University requires the submission of a copy of all previous unofficial transcripts (High School and Colleges/Universities) for acceptance and admission. The initial review process allows unofficial transcripts to be utilized, which can lead to a provisional acceptance if admitted. *Official Transcripts will be required to remove the provisional status and receive full acceptance. Please reach out to your Enrollment Counselor to discuss our Transcript Ordering Service which can obtain transcript records on your behalf
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.