Cyber Security Program Interviews

Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing field, with a wealth of job and career advancement opportunities. Professionals and students who are interested in cybersecurity have a number of options both at the undergraduate and graduate levels to prepare for stepping into a role in this field. To give prospective students a thorough and transparent picture of what enrolling in a cybersecurity degree program entails, has created a section dedicated to interviewing professors and program directors from cyber security programs located throughout the United States.

Check out the interviews below to learn about cyber security programs offered by colleges and universities, including the following information for each program:

  • The different types of cybersecurity degree programs (including bachelor’s, master’s, and graduate certificate options), and the structure of each.
  • The course content that is typically covered in a cybersecurity degree program at the baccalaureate and graduate levels.
  • The role that faculty mentorship plays in preparing students of these programs for their future careers.
  • Advice for students on navigating their course selections, making the most of the resources provided to them through the program, and succeeding in their culminating experience whether that is an examination or a final project.
  • How to craft a competitive application to cybersecurity programs (advice for both high school graduates entering college and for post-baccalaureate professionals who are returning to earn their master’s degree).
  • The different instruction modes for cybersecurity degree programs, including on-campus, 100% online, and hybrid options, and the pros and cons of each.

Filter School interviews by state:


Interview with Pete Van Ness – University of New Haven

Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Management

Pete Van Ness is the Program Coordinator for the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management and Leadership at the University of New Haven, where he oversees curriculum development and student advising, and also teaches many of the core courses as a Lecturer.


Interview with Chase Cotton, Ph.D. – University of Delaware

Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Dr. Chase Cotton is the Director of the Master of Science in Cybersecurity at the University of Delaware, where he helped develop the program’s structure, designed courses, and teaches and mentors students.


Interview with Thomas Reichherzer, Ph.D. – University of West Florida

Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Dr. Thomas Reichherzer is the Chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of West Florida, where he oversees the Department’s graduate and undergraduate programs, including curriculum development, student advising, and faculty hiring.


Interview with David Lash, M.S. – Aurora University

Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity (Online and Campus)

David Lash is an assistant professor of computer science at Aurora University who teaches a diverse set of courses in programming, data infrastructure, and software design, and who also teaches courses in the B.S. in Cybersecurity at AU.


Interview with Scott Dempsey – Bethel University

Online Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security

Professor Scott Dempsey teaches numerous courses in Bethel University’s Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security program, supports and mentors students in their progress towards their career goals, and connects them with real-world experts in the field.


Interview with Thomas Holt, Ph.D. – Michigan State University

Online Graduate Certificate in Cyber Criminology and Cyber Security

Dr. Thomas Holt is the Director of the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, where he supervises faculty and staff, oversees undergraduate and graduate programs, and teaches courses in cybersecurity and criminology.


Interview with Randy Carlson ABD, CISM, PMP – Concordia University, St. Paul

Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Professor Randy Carlson is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Computer and Information Science Department at Concordia University, St. Paul, where he teaches courses in technology management, artificial intelligence, information systems, cyber defense, and information security.

Interview with Donald Heier, D.Sc. and Michelle Wieser, Ph.D. – Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Online M.S. in Cybersecurity, Graduate Certificate Programs in Cybersecurity Technology and Cybersecurity Management

Dr. Donald Heier is the Director of the M.S. in Cybersecurity at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s, where he manages the program’s curriculum and student advising, and supports faculty.

Dr. Michelle Wieser is Dean of the University’s School of Business and Technology, where she oversees the development of all graduate and undergraduate programs. Together Dr. Heier and Dr. Wieser have led the development of not only the M.S. program but also two Graduate Certificates in Cybersecurity Technology and Cybersecurity Management.


Interview with Angela Holden, DM, PMP – Lindenwood University

Online B.S. in Cybersecurity, Online M.S. in Cybersecurity Management

Dr. Angela Holden is Professor of Information Technology at Lindenwood University, where she oversees the BS in Cybersecurity and MS in Cybersecurity Management, including course development and student advising.

New Jersey

Interview with Alfredo Tan, Ph.D. – Fairleigh Dickinson University

Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Dr. Alfredo Tan is the Director of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering, where he oversees the School’s many undergraduate and graduate programs.

Interview with Peter Woolley, Ph.D. – Fairleigh Dickinson University

Online M.S. in Cyber and Homeland Security Administration

Dr. Peter Woolley is the Director of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Public and Global Affairs, where he oversees the School’s program offerings, hires and supports faculty, and establishes partnerships with international educational institutions.


Interview with Pepsi Boyér – King University

Online B.S. in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity Management

Pepsi Boyér is the IT Coordinator at King University, where she oversees the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program, supports faculty and staff, and implements programs and structures for student success.


Interview with Ioulia Rytikova, Ph.D. – George Mason University

Online M.S. in Applied Information Technology with a Concentration in Cyber Security

Dr. Ioulia Rytikova is a Professor and the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies for the Department of Information Sciences and Technology at George Mason University, where she advises students of the M.S. in Applied Information Technology program, and also oversees curriculum development.