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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. 

Professionally Relevant

National CyberWatch Center

Through Urbana University's Center for Public Safety and Cybersecurity Education, a member of the National CyberWatch Center, the branch campus collaboratively engages in efforts to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity workforce. In service to communities and individuals, we provide access to the latest research impacting the industry, as well as innovations in cybersecurity education and training.

Center for Public Safety and Cybersecurity Education

Urbana University’s Center for Public Safety and Cybersecurity Education provides the skills necessary to prepare professionals to effectively prevent, solve and investigate cybersecurity issues and challenges. The Center’s offerings leverage its faculty – who are both thought leaders and practitioners – along with our reputation for excellence in curriculum and course development to create learning experiences that address prevailing security concerns within industries and communities.

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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 or bachelor's degree must present evidence of high school completion in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicants academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests. Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for first-time freshmen. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum standardized test scores used for placement in University courses may be required to undergo placement testing.

Undergraduate admission requirements and materials:

A student who meets at least one of the following criteria is eligible for admission as a degree-seeking student:

  • Has provided official documentation of graduation from an accredited high school or its equivalent (see documentation required below), or
  • Has an associate, bachelor or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, an institution recognized as a candidate for accreditation, or an institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation

Documentation required:

1. Documentation of high school graduation or equivalence is required for applicants who are transferring fewer than 24 semester hours that apply towards a degree.

2. If the student has transferable hours of 24 credit hours or more from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, then they will not have to provide a high school diploma or equivalence. Acceptable forms of documentation of high school graduation or high school equivalence for undergraduate admission must include one of the following:

  • Official high school transcript listing the date of graduation
  • Official GED certificate
  • Official documentation of having passed a State High School Equivalency examination
  • Official documentation of a home school completion certificate/transcript
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions (college, universities, professional schools, etc.) attended

3. Any applicant seeking to be a first-time freshman undergraduate degree-seeking students at Urbana University must supply standardized test scores (ACT SAT) to be used for placement in courses., to determine athletic eligibility, and/or determine institutional scholarship qualification.

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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