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 alliance 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.

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.

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Program Highlights

  • The School of Business & Leadership 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.

Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty

Matthew D. Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Cybersecurity Program Director

Carrie Asbury

MSSL & MSCS Admissions Coordinator

Additional Information

Admissions Requirements

Students must gain general admission to the University of Charleston. A visit to campus to meet with Admissions personnel and program faculty is strongly encouraged.

How Much Will It Cost?

View our Tuition & Fees page for more detailed information on cost.

Curriculum and Course Catalog

To find out more about the classes you will take in this program, you can download our course descriptions.

Download the Course Descriptions

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.