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Cyber Security

Bachelor of Science

Protect your future. Fortify the nation’s future prosperity.

Learn to analyze, protect, and improve the crucial networks and processes that power modern life.

High-profile cyber-attacks have highlighted the critical need for well-trained cybersecurity professionals in both the public and private sectors. Our Cyber Security degree blends theoretical knowledge with practical, hands-on experience through labs, real-life projects, and cyber ranges, preparing you for a successful career. 

Graduates from our program can pursue jobs such as cybersecurity analysts, cybersecurity engineers, cyber threat analysts, threat hunters, ethical hackers, and digital forensic analysts.

Growing Industry

Join one of the fastest growing industries in the nation! 

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$10.5 trillion cybercrime losses each year
projected globally by 2025
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32% increase in cybersecurity field
projected national growth by 2031
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$120,360 median average salary
for cybersecurity analysts in May 2023

Required Courses

  • Ethical Hacking
  • Information Security
  • Network Security
  • Computer Systems Security
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence
  • Digital Forensics
  • Cyber Law and Policy
    • CIS 100: Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits)
    • CIS 200: Linear Data Structures (3 credits)
    • CIS 210: Non-Linear Data Structures (3 credits)
    • Choose at least two other CIS courses (except CIS 201)
    • CIS 100: Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits)
    • CIS 160: Introduction to Cyber Security (3 credits)
    • CIS 230: Operating Systems (3 credits)
    • CIS 260: Computer Communications & Networks (3 credits)
    • CIS 261: Information Security (3 credits)
    • CIS 360: Computer Systems Security (3 credits)

    Core Courses:

    • CIS 100: Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits)
    • STAT 139: Statistics for Social Sciences (3 credits)
    • CIS 150: Introduction to Data Science (3 credits)
    • CIS 200: Linear Data Structures (3 credits)

    Plus one of the following courses:

    • CIS 280: Data Visualization & Communication (3 credits)
    • CIS 350: Relational Database Systems (3 credits)
    • CIS 352: Big Data Analytics (3 credits)
    • CIS 371: Machine Learning (3 credits)

Find a Career in Cybersecurity

Program Offerings

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  • Certifications

    Integrate certifications from major certifying bodies, such as ISC2’s Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Cloud Security Practitioner (CCSP), Security+, Network+, PenTest+, EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH), and Certified SOC Analyst (CSA).

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  • Hands-on Experience

    Every industry needs skilled cybersecurity professionals with a background in theory, hands-on experience, and the ability to evolve with new technology. Mercyhurst’s Cyber Security program blends theoretical knowledge with practical, hands-on experience through labs, real-life projects with private and public sector clients, and cyber ranges, preparing you for a successful career in the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity. From your first year, you will be immersed in practical and applied experience that will prepare you for the challenges of the cybersecurity field.

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  • Career Opportunities

    “America’s daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a secure cyberspace. A vast array of interdependent IT networks, systems, services, and resources are critical to communication, travel, powering homes, running the economy, and obtaining government services.” – U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    For our students, these experiences can open a world of opportunities that offer job stability, career mobility, and excellent learning potential. 

    Graduates of our program are in high demand, receiving offers from employers including Lockheed Martin, CISA, Mandiant, CrowdStrike, Qualcomm, SentinelOne, General Dynamics, and IBM.

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Mercyhurst University’s Cyber Security program is proud to be partnered with EC-Council Academia, allowing our students access to a wealth of resources and certification opportunities at heavily discounted rates, emphasizing our commitment to ensuring our students are not just educated but also career-ready.

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High-Tech Facilities

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  • Cyber Education and Network Operations Center

    Mercyhurst’s Cyberlab and Networks Operation Center, a joint venture with Erie-based firm Federal Resources Corporation, provides experiential learning opportunities for Mercyhurst students to conduct projects on behalf of real-world clients.

    Student working on a desktop in the Cyber Education Center
  • Computer Lab

    Students can participate in the Innovation Entente Lab (IEL) to provide a competitive business intelligence approach in conducting key research and the collection of data necessary to help entrepreneurs and small businesses achieve an understanding of their market, industry, and competitive landscape. Students working within the IEL take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to real-world experiences. 

    Students working at a table on computers in the Innovation Entente Lab

    The purpose of this RSCO will be to provide opportunities to gain knowledge regarding cyber security in all related facets of technology. The club will do this by taking advantage of the knowledge and experience of the membership base. A primary goal of the club is to encourage hands-on learning and experimentation with cybersecurity tools and software. Instead of just learning about these topics, we encourage the ethical use of these tools in closed environments.

4+1 Programs in Cyber and Data

Students in the 4+1 programs can save time and money by earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s in five years. As a 4+1 student, you will complete graduate-level coursework in your junior and/or senior years, earning master’s degree credits as an undergraduate student (included in your undergraduate flat billing). You will still graduate on time with your class before seamlessly transitioning to the graduate program to finish your master’s in one year or less.

The following Mercyhurst master’s programs include 4+1 options: