Cybersecurity Accelerated Second Degree (B.S.)

 

About the Program Track

Recent social, cultural, economic, and political events have shed light on the importance of protecting our digital information. As technology becomes increasingly integrated into our everyday lives, additional security measures must be implemented to protect our data from cyber attacks. In fact, ISC2 estimates that the skill gap is growing and could leave as many as 1.8 million cybersecurity jobs unfilled by 2022 nationally, and in Virginia alone, Cyberseek.org estimates that there are 33,530 open cybersecurity positions.

To fill this gap, Marymount University now offers an Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program. This unique program is designed to provide graduates of a previous undergraduate program the skill sets that are most needed for the in-demand cybersecurity careers of the present and the future. 

 

Marymount University's Accelerated Cybersecurity Program

The accelerated second-degree B.S. in Cybersecurity is designed to extend the cybersecurity workforce by “reskilling” graduates from other undergraduate programs, in other words, giving individuals new skills based on the fact that they have other skills learned from a prior undergraduate program. This program is perfect for individuals who are unsatisfied with their current career or career prospects; they must be interested in technology but do not need to know advanced technological skills. Upon completion of this program, graduates are equipped to go straight into the cybersecurity workforce — armed with the tools and techniques to succeed in a variety of businesses and government agencies.

This unique program may be completed in four consecutive semesters (18 months) by students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in another program. Students admitted to this program have completed a previous baccalaureate degree, have met the Liberal Arts Core and some prerequisite requirements. This degree requires a total of 74 credits after completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission Requirements: To be eligible to be reviewed for admission, students must have an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum composite GPA of 2.50. 

Program Prerequisites: These courses or their equivalents must be completed prior to starting the accelerated second-degree cybersecurity program:  statistics (equivalent to MA132, Statistical Analysis), and introductory computing class (equivalent to IT110, IT in the Global Age). 

Course Requirements: To fulfill the requirements of the major, all students in this program will take the following coursework in a sequence determined in collaboration with a faculty advisor. Marymount makes sure that the right courses are available at the night time so that students can complete the program in 18 months (4 semesters).


This degree requires a total of 74 credits after completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

 

Hands-On, Practical Learning  

Students in this accelerated Cybersecurity program will join Marymount’s team of nearly 250 undergraduate Information Technology students and will work closely with them on related coursework. Marymount is dedicated to preparing students in the accelerated Cyber program for the workforce in the same way as the undergraduate Information Technology program, participating in hands-on learning opportunities like:

  • Workforce preparation seminars
  • Meetings for networking with cybersecurity professionals
  • Out-of-class boot camps to focus on certification preparation
  • Required internship in the cybersecurity field

Students enrolled in the accelerated Cybersecurity program are required to complete an internship in the cybersecurity field — past internships have included:

  • S. Department of Justice
  • S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Science Applications International Corporation
  • Washington Post Interactive
  • Bread for the World

Additionally, Marymount has a designated Cyber Center, a resource for all members of the program that provides, “a focus for faculty, students, and the community to collaborate, across disciplines, to understand the cyber challenges that the nation faces with the objective of developing an effective workforce to meet these challenges.” Here, students will find the support they need both during their graduate studies and after through events, career resources, and connections to local institutions.



Sample Degree Plan - Cybersecurity (Accelerated Second-Degree B.S. Program Track) 

Please note that this is a sample plan; all students must consult with an advisor in making course selections.

Semester One — Fall or Spring 

  • IT 120 Cybersecurity Principles 
  • IT 125 Web Development 
  • IT 205 Computer Technology 
  • IT 210 Software Engineering 
  • IT 310 Database Technology 
  • MSC345 Project Management 

Semester Two — Spring or Summer 

  • IT 225 Advanced Web Development 
  • IT 229 Python Programming 
  • IT 305 Computer Networking 
  • PH 305 Business Ethics 
  • IT 315 Operating Systems and Virtualization 
  • IT 335 Corporate Cybersecurity 

Semester Three — Summer or Fall 

  • MSC 385 Data Analytics 
  • IT 321 Cloud Computing 
  • IT 355 Software Testing, Documentation, and Quality Assurance 
  • IT 357 Malware Analysis 
  • IT 370 Computer Forensics 
  • IT 372 Cisco Networking I 
  • IT 323 Junior IT Seminar 

Semester Four — Fall or Spring 

  • IT341 Data in the Cloud 
  • IT 375 Cisco Networking II 
  • IT 385 Managing Big Data 
  • IT 390 Cybersecurity: Attack and Defend 
  • IT 400 Internship 
  • IT 423 Senior IT Seminar 
  • IT 489 Capstone Project 

 

Cybersecurity Jobs, Salary, and Career Outlook

The career outlook for cybersecurity professionals is bright. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the salary for workers in the computer and information technology occupations ranges from $51,470 to $110,620. Further, a recent source claims that “the salary you can earn with a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity is particularly promising. Workers who specialize in cybersecurity earn an additional $15,000 per year on average than those with general IT roles, according to U.S. News & World Report. In fact, the average salary for cybersecurity specialists is an impressive $116,000, according to U.S. News & World Report.”

Obtaining a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity prepares you to work in these kinds of roles:

  • Software Developer
  • Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Data Specialist
  • Marketing Technologist
  • Cloud Tech Support Specialist
  • Applications Developer
  • Junior Modeling and Data Analyst
  • Artificial Intelligence Data Scientist
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • User Interface Programmer
  • Entry-Level Software Engineer
  • UX Designer
  • Gameplay Programmer

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