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CyberSecurityDegree.com provides individuals interested in cybersecurity careers and degree programs with comprehensive directories of accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cybersecurity. School data was obtained from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) database using Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes related to cybersecurity. School data was then independently confirmed and supplemented with our own research to ensure the data is accurate and up-to-date.
To qualify for inclusion in our databases, a school must offer an accredited bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in cybersecurity or offer a specific specialization in cybersecurity as part of a larger information technology or computer science program. For example, degree programs that offer courses or electives in cybersecurity, but do not have a clear specialization option for students to pursue, are not included in our database at this time. In addition, programs must be offered by non-profit colleges and universities, as we do not include for-profit colleges in our databases.
- Online vs. Campus Programs: Programs on the site are categorized into four buckets: online, hybrid-online, hybrid, and campus-based programs. Programs are defined as online if the vast majority of their coursework is online, and they do not require more than three visits to campus annually. Hybrid-online, hybrid, and campus-based programs all require students to attend multiple face-to-face sessions per year. Hybrid-online programs are online programs that have the majority of their course content online, but which require four to approximately six visits to campus annually. Hybrid programs are programs that combine online and on-campus instruction.
- Classification of Online Programs: Programs that can be completed online or on-campus are categorized into multiple buckets and included in our database twice in order to make it easier for students to identify online vs campus-based programs.
- Tuition Costs: Every effort has been made to ensure that tuition costs listed for programs on this site are accurate and up-to-date. However, as tuition costs change over time, the amounts listed on our website should be taken as estimates only. Tuition costs are calculated by multiplying the cost per credit-hour by the number of credits required for the degree program, and they do not include other college costs such as fees and school materials (which can definitely add to the overall cost of a degree program). Students should contact an admissions representative from their programs of interest for more information about tuition rates and fees.
- Tuition Costs for Online Programs: Many online bachelor’s and master’s programs charge the same tuition for in-state and out-of-state online students. However, this is not always the case; as a result, students who are not residents of the state where their program of interest is located should consult an admissions representative for the most accurate information about tuition costs for in-state vs. out-of-state online students.
- State Restrictions for Online Programs: Online programs in cybersecurity at the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate levels may have state restrictions, which means that some programs may not be allowed to accept students from all 50 states. Schools must be authorized to offer programs to online students who live in states where they do not have a physical campus. The process of applying for a state authorization is a time-intensive process, and requirements can also change over time. While our data for online programs includes information on state authorizations and state restrictions, we do not guarantee that information is accurate. Students should always check with an admissions representative at the programs that interest them for the most accurate information regarding state restrictions for online programs.
- Selective Admissions for Cybersecurity Degree Programs: Admissions to bachelor’s and master’s programs in cybersecurity are often selective, which means even if a student meets the minimum criteria for admission, they are not guaranteed to be accepted into the program. In addition, for programs that have small class sizes and only accept a limited number of students per start date, the average qualifications of students who are admitted may be significantly higher than the minimum to apply. For example, while a program may have a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0, the average GPA of students who are accepted to the program maybe as high as 3.3 or 3.5. It is always best to talk to an admissions advisor before applying so that applicants can get a better idea of their chances for admission based on their educational and professional background.
- Master of Business Administration (MBA) Programs: At this time, the site does not contain a comprehensive database of MBA programs with a concentration in Cybersecurity; therefore, any schools included on pages discussing these programs are included for example purposes only unless otherwise indicated.
- Related Degree Programs: Similar to MBA programs, any schools included on pages discussing related degree programs (e.g., degrees in information systems or computer engineering) are included for example purposes only unless otherwise indicated, as the site does not have comprehensive directories for related degree programs at this time.
CyberSecurityDegree.com is dedicated to providing accurate and transparent information that has been extensively researched. While data on the site is routinely audited for accuracy and to ensure it is up-to-date, we do not guarantee the data on the site to be accurate at any given point in time, as program requirements, instruction methods, curricula, admissions requirements, state authorizations, tuition costs, and more do change over time. If you find information or data on the site that appears to be out-of-date or no longer accurate, please use our contact us form to let us know and we will investigate the issue and update accordingly. Please include the page where you found the information in your message as that will help us locate the issue.
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