As we know, our country faces new risks every day resulting from our ever-increasing reliance on an electronic information infrastructure. Managing cyber events is challenging because we often lack the information concerning the risks and consequences from infiltration into our systems. Those choosing to enter this field would benefit from an increased understanding of the implications of cybersecurity risks and solutions related to the information infrastructure. They will become adept at making rational decisions, assessing threats, and risk management. This is accomplished through a deep understanding of Information Technology risks and their possible impact on society.

A New Approach to Cybersecurity

By offering a degree that combines Criminal Justice and Cybersecurity this interdisciplinary program offers tools, technologies, and methodologies relevant for investigating and thwarting cybercrime. It includes courses in computer science, information assurance, computer forensics, and Internet-related investigations, as well as criminal investigation, criminal justice, and cybercrime.

It also includes the necessary computer science courses, such as data structures and algorithms, operating systems and network security, scripting languages, cryptography, secure programming, and database security, to help students succeed in being able to apply the tools required to solve problems and analyze credible data sources.

Graduates with this major will be able to assess likely trends and impacts of current and past actions within the cyber world. Further, understanding cybersecurity equips students to guide business and industry decision-makers in understanding the likely effects of cyber security choices. Students also learn how to manage the legal, social, and technological challenges in the criminal justice field and any of its related agencies.

Specialization and Minors

Students pursuing another major at Felician have the opportunity to earn a minor or a certificate in Cybersecurity. Students can also double major in Cybersecurity with any other discipline at the university.

Plan of Study

The Cybersecurity curriculum is made up of a foundation of core courses in Computer Science. Students in this program take a variety of classes such as Introduction to Programming, Network Security, and Computer Architecture.

View our list of required courses to learn more.  

There are also opportunities to enroll in specialty courses that are offered periodically, such as Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, Data Mining, Gaming Design, Artificial Intelligence, and Cloud Computing. What’s more, all Cybersecurity courses have a hands-on laboratory component. Our faculty members are specialists in the fields of computer science, business, security assurance, and cybersecurity, and have held positions in industry.

Bachelor’s and Master’s 4+1 Option

Felician University offers a 4+1 option that allows qualified Cybersecurity majors to complete their BS in four years and their MS in one year. These students take several master’s-level courses in their senior year.

Learn more about the master’s program in Computer Science with a concentration in Cybersecurity.

Career Opportunities

Cybersecurity careers offer exponential opportunity for growth. Demand for cybersecurity professionals has been 3.5 times greater than that of other IT positions, and 12 times greater than other jobs.

$80 billion expected size of global cyber security market by 2017
65,000 estimated increase of cybersecurity jobs by 2020
$12,000 salary premium cybersecurity positions command over other IT positions
$120,000 average salary for those in cybersecurity management positions

Graduates from Felician University’s Cybersecurity program have gone on to work at the FBI, U.S. Army Intelligence, and various other corporations and institutions such as:

  • Network security analysts
  • Military intelligence computer specialists
  • IT specialists
  • Cryptographers