Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Transfer up to
113 Credits
A median of 30 credits accepted
Credit for prior coursework

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Prepare for Cybersecurity Jobs and Industry Certification with a BS in Cybersecurity

Aligned with the academic requirements for cybersecurity set by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), this fully online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program provides you with the ability to enhance your technical knowledge and skills in cybersecurity. The program is designed to prepare you for cybersecurity-related jobs in the U.S. Cyber Command, the NSA’s signal intelligence operations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, law enforcement agencies, and corporate environments.

As Excelsior is a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), the program supports the belief of the NSA that cybersecurity should be integrated in all aspects of a person’s career. The degree will prepare the student to take several industry certification exams such as CISP, CEH, Security+, Network+, CHFI, SSCP, and ESCP.

Learn more about the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior University, an academic and research center dedicated to assisting government, industry, military, and academic sectors meet the challenges in cybersecurity policy, technology, and education.


General, Cyber Operations

Fast Facts:

Cybersecurity jobs can command a $6,500 premium over other IT jobs (Source:

Employment of information security professionals is projected to grow 26% by 2026 (Source: BLS)

91% of the net increase in jobs held by those at least 25 years old are filled by those with at least a bachelor’s degree (Source:


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Online BS in Cybersecurity Program Details

Transfer up to 113 credits and receive credit for certain military and professional training. If you completed your AAS in Technical Studies at Excelsior University, you can transfer all 60 credits to this bachelor’s program.

120 credits are required for the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity.

  • Cornerstone Course
  • Humanities:
    • Ethics
    • Communications
      • Written English Requirement
      • Additional credits
    • Humanities Electives
  • Social Sciences/History
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    • Natural science
    • Math
      • Discrete Math
      • Statistics
  • Arts and Sciences Electives

Core Cybersecurity Courses

  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Cloud Computing and Virtualization
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • Governance, Legal and Compliance
  • Cybersecurity Defense in Depth
  • Cyber Attacks and Defense
  • Security-Focused Risk Management
  • Data Communications and Networking
  • Computer Operations and Operating Systems
  • Overview of Computer Security
  • Network and Application Security
  • Computer Forensics
  • System Administration

Cybersecurity Capstone

This capstone course examines computer security technologies and principles, including access control, authentication, external attacks, software security, security assessment and testing, and legal issues in cybersecurity. Students complete a research project that will expose students to real-life scenarios in cybersecurity.

Concentrations (Choose One):

General Cybersecurity

This customizable concentration provides you with the flexibility to design an area of specialization to meet ever-changing job demands and build upon your current achievements. Choose from approved technical electives to meet the degree requirements.

Cyber Operations

The Cyber Operations concentration gives you the opportunity to specialize your skills on the front line of cybersecurity. The courses prepare you to handle cyber incidents and respond to incidents as part of a cyber team. Learn to identify fundamental security design principles that lead to system vulnerabilities, conduct exploits as part of an offensive cyber operation, and apply fundamental security design principles during system design, development, and implementation to minimize vulnerabilities.

  • Programming
  • Introduction to Homeland Security
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Secure Software Development
  • Large-scale Cybercrime and Terrorism
  • INL 102 Information Literacy
  • Additional electives to fulfill the requirement
  1. Apply general and discipline-specific concepts and methodologies to identify, analyze and solve problems in the cyber technology discipline.
  2. Demonstrate an individual desire and commitment to remain technically current with, and adaptive to, changing technologies through continuous learning and self-improvement.
  3. Demonstrate independent thinking, function effectively in team-oriented settings, and maintain a high level of performance in a professional/industrial environment.
  4. Communicate effectively in a professional/industrial environment.
  5. Perform ethically and professionally in business, industry, and society.
  6. Attain increasing levels of responsibility and leadership in the cyber technology field.

Learn more about this program’s student outcomes, enrollment, and graduation data.

View our catalog for additional information.

Common Careers with an
Online BS in Cybersecurity

  • Cyber Compliance Analyst
  • Cyber Network Operations Planner
  • Cyber Systems Analyst
  • Cyber Systems and Operations Engineer
  • Cyber Threat Management Systems Administrator
  • Incident Response Analyst

Explore Common Careers

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Excelsior’s degree programs in cybersecurity provide a rigorous education in which students learn to integrate theories and concepts with hands-on experience in order to prevent, detect, counter, and recover from cyber threat at every level.

Ken Desforges
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Instructional Faculty, Excelsior University

Recognitions & Accreditations

National Center of Academic Excellence

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security designated Excelsior as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education for its Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program. The CAE program is administered by the CAE in Cybersecurity Community.

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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior University is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE or the Commission) Excelsior University’s accreditation status is accreditation reaffirmed. The Commission’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status on June 23, 2022 was to reaffirm accreditation. MSCHE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidate status) activities for institutions of higher education including distance, correspondence education, and direct assessment programs offered at those institutions. The Commission’s geographic area of accrediting activities is throughout the United States.

All of Excelsior University’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.