Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity (Credit Hour)

This program of study emphasizes the development of key knowledge areas in the area of cybersecurity, threats, technologies and best-practices. Students interested in working or further developing their expertise in the areas of cybersecurity, risk management, network defense and IT security would benefit from this degree program.

This program is pending WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and U.S. Department of Education approval.


The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity prepares students for career opportunities, advancement and professional growth in the cybersecurity sector to help secure and protect organizations from a wide-variety of threats and attacks.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Confidentiality: Employ security strategies to protect the confidentiality of network devices and data.
  • Integrity: Utilize industry best practices to secure data and ensure it is accurate and trustworthy.
  • Availability: Maintain the accessibility of organization data, information, and systems.
  • Risk: Evaluate risk of a given threat or vulnerability to an organization's resources.
  • Organizational Security: Develop security policies and procedures to promote cybersecurity throughout the organization.
  • Human Security: Protect IT resources from human flaws and risks.
Degree Requirements

In addition to the University general education and elective requirements, the BS Cybersecurity major consists of two components. The first component consists of 39 credits of common requirement courses (See Common Requirements). The second component consists of either electives or an emphasis area for a total of 9 upper-division credits. Note: some courses may be used to fulfill both the major and general education requirements (see the General Education Requirements section of this catalog).

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher.  All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists.

Common Requirements
CSCU 251Introduction to Computing Systems Organization3
CSCU 270Information System Security3
CSCU 301Introduction to Programming3
CSCU 315Organizational Information Systems3
CSCU 353Data Communications and Computer Networks3
CSCU 375Data Encryptions and Information Security3
CSCU 403Security Threat Detection and Prevention3
CSCU 404Digital Forensics and Incident Response3
CSCU 405Security Policies and Procedures3
CSCU 407Wireless and Mobile Security3
CSCU 408Database Management3
CSCU 495Security Capstone Project3
OLCU 350Leadership and Professional Ethics3
Common Requirements Subtotal39
Electives or Emphasis Area
Students choose three approved elective courses, gain Dean's approval for alternative courses, or may select the emphasis area below.
Electives or Emphasis Subtotal9
Total Credits48
Select three courses from the following approved electives:
CSCU 360Web Design Technologies3
CSCU 361Operating Systems3
CSCU 383Applied Project Management3
CSCU 385Project Work Structure and Resources Management3
CSCU 397User Experience and Interaction Design3
CSCU 410Structured Systems Analysis and Design3
CSCU 415Systems Quality Assurance and Testing3
CSCU 453Network Implementation3
CSCU 458Advanced Web Based Database Systems3
CSCU 483Project Risk Management3
OLCU 303Organizational Development and Change3
Electives Subtotal9
Project Management Emphasis
CSCU 383Applied Project Management3
CSCU 385Project Work Structure and Resources Management3
CSCU 483Project Risk Management3
Emphasis Subtotal9

Students with IT professional certification(s) may substitute courses as outlined below provided that their certification(s) are unexpired and currently recognized in the field.  Refer to MyUMassGlobal for additional information on IT certification substitutions listed by catalog year.

Industry Standard Certification Substitution Course
MCSE, CCNP, MCSA: Windows Server CSCU 353; CSCU 453
Oracle DBA, MCDBA, MCSA: SQL Server 2008, MCSA: SQL Server 2012 CSCU 408; CSCU 453
CompTIA A+ CSCU 251
CompTIA Network+ CSCU 353
CompTIA Security+ CSCU 270
CompTIA Cloud Essentials CSCC 475 (approved substitution for CSCU 251)
VCP (VMWare Certified Professional) CSCU 251; CSCU 353
RHCSA (Red Hat Systems Administrator) CSCU 251; CSCU 353
CASP (CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
PMP (project management professional) CSCU 383; CSCU 385
Six Sigma Green Belt CSCU 383; CSCU 415
CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) CSCU 353
CompTIA IT Fundamentals CSCU 200