University of Charleston

University of Charleston

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  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Format


  • Location


Program Overview

Security breaches, ransomware, and hackers are all part of the modern world. Our program will prepare you to contribute to and lead others in the quickly evolving field of information technology to defend against these threats.

You will focus on seven main categories of cyber operations, in accordance with The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework: the knowledge and skills to securely provision, operate and maintain, protect and defend, investigate, collect and manage, analyze, and perform oversight and development.

UC’s bachelor degree completion program in Cybersecurity offers a comprehensive curriculum that builds upon the foundational skills acquired while obtaining the associate’s degree. Students will delve into advanced cybersecurity topics, including network security, ethical hacking, cryptography, digital forensics, and risk management. The program emphasizes hands-on learning, ensuring that students gain practical experience in securing computer systems, identifying vulnerabilities, and responding to cyber threats.

In addition to the academic curriculum, UC’s degree completion program in Cybersecurity fosters a collaborative and forward-thinking learning environment. Students have the opportunity to engage with peers who share their passion for cybersecurity.

UC’s commitment to staying at the forefront of emerging cybersecurity trends ensures that graduates are equipped to tackle the evolving challenges of the digital age, making this program a valuable investment for those seeking to excel in this high-demand field and contribute to the protection of digital assets and information systems.

This program is a degree completion program, which means based on skills and knowledge you have acquired through a previous associate’s degree, you can earn your bachelor’s degree in only two years.

Applicants with a 2.0 or higher cumulative college GPA are eligible for general admission to UC and will gain entry into this program. Students may apply online or download the admissions application.

Applicants who have technology-related experience in the workforce can complete three prerequisites through testing.

Each module is pass/fail, and you can register for the following tests:

  • Hardware/Software
  • Networking
  • Security


Once you have registered, you will be assigned a mentor and receive a study guidebook. When you feel you are ready to test, you notify your mentor who will review the test.

You will be allowed one redo test per module, and you will have eight weeks to complete the prerequisite.

Program Highlights

  • UC is an accredited training center for the EC-Council (International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants).

  • We have an outstanding faculty of content specialists who provide relevant, real-world experience and knowledge.

  • Our convenient 2-year degree completion program will quickly enable you to gain entry into one of the fastest-growing career paths in the nation.

Program Outcomes

  • Job Opportunities

    Potential job opportunities can include:

    • Information Security Analyst
    • Information Systems Security Engineer
    • Intrusion Detection System (IDS) Administrator, Engineer or Technician
    • Network Administrator
    • Cyber Trainer
    • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • Prepared for Certification Exams

    You will be prepared for industry certification exams like the CCNA, A+, Network+ and more.

  • Expected Career Growth

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects information security-related employment to increase at more than twice the rate of growth for all occupations through 2026.

Additional Information

These questions and answers provide prospective students with valuable insights into UC’s degree completion program in Cybersecurity, helping them make informed decisions about pursuing this accelerated bachelor’s degree in a high-demand field.

What is a degree completion program?

A degree completion program is designed for individuals with an associate’s degree in a related field who want to earn a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity in an accelerated timeframe. UC’s program builds upon your existing skills and knowledge, allowing you to complete your bachelor’s degree in just two years.

How is UC’s program structured, and what courses will I take?

UC’s program consists of a mix of core cybersecurity courses, advanced electives, and general education requirements. Core courses cover topics like network security, ethical hacking, and digital forensics, while electives allow you to tailor your degree to your interests and career goals.

How flexible is the program for working professionals or those with other commitments?

UC understands the needs of adult learners. As an online program, students are able to customize their course load to balance their academic work with their professional and family obligations. Students also find flexibility through asynchronous interaction between faculty and fellow classmates within course experiences.

What career opportunities can I explore after completing UC’s degree completion program in Cybersecurity?

Graduates are well-prepared for cybersecurity roles such as security analyst, network security specialist, cybersecurity consultant, or ethical hacker, with opportunities in various sectors including government, finance, healthcare, and private industry.

Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty

UC Faculty Staff
Adam Beatty, DEL, MAED, BSOL

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director of Cybersecurity

UC Faculty Staff
Carrie Asbury

Senior Graduate Admissions Coordinator