Protect Data and Systems with a Cybersecurity Major

We see it in the movies; hackers breach security lines and significant amounts of data are compromised. People are stealing money, identities and private information. What once was a Hollywood exaggeration has now become a leading issue in our technology-driven world. Because of this, cybersecurity is a booming field, and the industry needs educated individuals protecting our data.

Cybersecurity provides protection to information and prevents manipulation, modification or loss of data. In the Forbes article, “What it Means to Have a Culture of Cybersecurity,” it says, “Every 40 seconds a business falls victim to a ransomware attack.” Students who graduate with a Cybersecurity major from Urbana will learn layered security architecture and prevention techniques for technological invasions, keeping our information, and our world, safe from cyber-attacks.

Lead the Industry with a Multidisciplinary Education

Urbana’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree program exposes students to classes in technology, policy, architecture and management. These courses pair with programming, risk assessment and vulnerability scanning to teach students industry-standard cybersecurity methodologies. Students will also interact with local businesses where they will analyze the needs of the business, perform data analysis and develop plans to mitigate security risks. 

Pair a B.S. in Cybersecurity with an Information Systems or Information Technology degree to fully encapsulate the progress of technology, and become a significant figure in its growth. 


Hack Your Way to Next-Level Career Opportunities

The field of Cybersecurity offers a wide variety of career paths in business and government. Protect valuable data from security threats or hackers by becoming an expert in security programs, or build your own. Employment opportunities include application security tester; network security specialist; cyber threat and security analyst or engineer; security architect or administrator; cybersecurity analyst and more.

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate’s or bachelor’s degree must present evidence of high school completion and a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests.

Satisfactory completion of a college preparatory curriculum is expected, which includes a minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social science, one additional unit in English, mathematics or science, and four additional elective units, for a total of 16 or more units. Should the applicant’s preparation differ from the recommendation above, the applicant may be asked to supply additional information for review.

Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for those under 21 years of age. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum ACT score or high school cumulative GPA requirements listed below, may request consideration by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements/Materials:

  • Completed undergraduate application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Official high school transcript with a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • Standardized test results (if younger than 21 years old)
    • Minimum ACT score: 17
    • Minimum SAT score: 900

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally accredited institution are required.

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