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  • Online Cyber Security Degree

    Bachelor of Science in Computing & Security Technology

    The online Bachelor's in Computing and Security Technology program focuses on educating professionals in a variety of corporate, government and non-profit organizations for critical roles in computer system administration and cyber security.

    Drexel University’s computing and cyber security program emphasizes practical hands-on education and provides fundamental concepts that are supplemented by work experience. The curriculum is designed for those currently employed in the field of information technology who are seeking a career change or personal enrichment; or working adults who have already earned an associate's degree or completed approximately two years of college work.

    It’s a family affair: Read more about Gerri (BS in Computing and Security Technology) and Candace Young’s family connection to Drexel and the importance of finishing their STEM degrees together. 

    Upon Graduation, you will be able to:

    • Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
    • Design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
    • Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
    • Understand professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities
    • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
    • Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society
    • Recognize the need for and engage in continuing professional development
    • Utilize current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice

    What Can I Do With A Degree in Computing And Security Technology?

    Drexel University’s online BS in Computing and Security Technology prepares you with the foundational knowledge you need to fill critical roles in computing system administration and cyber security within corporate, government or nonprofit organizations. Whether you’re just starting out in your career or are looking to change fields, Drexel’s online cyber security degree is designed to help you gain a competitive edge in the workplace.

    Graduates with a computing and cyber security degree can hold a number of lucrative positions such as:

    • Chief Information Security Officer
    • Information Security Analysts
    • Forensic Computer Analyst
    • IT Security Engineer
    • Security Systems Administrator

    What salary can I earn in Computing?

    While the field of computing covers a wide range of jobs, the most common involve computer systems administration. In fact, computer systems administrator ranked #6 in “Best Technology Jobs” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Jobs” rankings. So how much can you make in computer administration? The median salary for a computer systems administrator is $79,700, with the highest paid professionals in the field making over $127,000. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2026 there is estimated to be 24,000 more network and computer systems administrations jobs on the market, with the current job total hovering around 390,000.

    What salary can I earn in CyberSecurity?

    Cyber security professionals can look forward to an increase in job opportunities in the coming years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for those in the cyber security field is expected to grow by 28% by 2026, much faster than the average job growth. The average salary in the field is no less encouraging, with the median pay for information security analysts in 2016 coming in at $92,600 per year.

    BS in Computing and Security Technology Degree Online Features

    • Flexible, fully online program you can take at your own pace
    • Choose a concentration in either Computing Security or Computing Technology

    Credit for Prior Learning

    If you've completed IT certifications such as A+, Oracle 9i DBA, Windows 2008+, CCNA and more, you may be eligible to earn additional credit towards your bachelor's degree. Courses within this program also help prepare you for additional certifications, offering the potential for career and salary growth.

    Related Program

    Drexel's online Master's in Cybersecurity prepares you to advance your career within the cybersecurity field.


    State restrictions may apply to some programs.

    Curriculum

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You can transfer up to 113 quarter credits from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better. Most credits will fulfill liberal arts or general classes.

    Computing & Security Technology Core Requirements  
    CT 140 Network Administration I 3.0
    CT 200 Server I 3.0
    CT 210 Open Server I 3.0
    CT 310 Open Server II 3.0
    CT 320 Server II 3.0
    CT 330 Network Administration II 3.0
    CT 395 Information Technology Security I 3.0
    CT 420 Information Technology Security II 3.0
    Select a concentration in either Computing Technology or Computing Security (See Below) 27.0
    Information Science Requirements  
    INFO 101 Introduction to Computing and Security Technology 3.0
    INFO 102 Introduction to Information Systems 3.0
    INFO 103 Introduction to Data Science 3.0
    INFO 200 Systems Analysis I 3.0
    INFO 210 Database Management Systems 3.0
    INFO 215 Social Aspects of Information Systems 3.0
    INFO 310 Human-Centered Design Process & Methods 3.0
    INFO 355 Systems Analysis II 3.0
    INFO 365 Database Administration I 3.0
    INFO 420 Software Project Management 3.0
    Programming Requirements 9.0
    Choose one of the following sequences  
    INFO 151
    & CS 171
    & CS 172
    Web Systems and Services I
    and Computer Programming I
    and Computer Programming II
     
    INFO 151
    & INFO 152
    & INFO 153
    Web Systems and Services I
    and Web Systems and Services II
    and Applied Data Management
     
    Computing & Informatics Requirements  
    CI 101 Computing and Informatics Design I 2.0
    CI 102 Computing and Informatics Design II 2.0
    CI 103 Computing and Informatics Design III 2.0
    CI 491  Senior Project I 3.0
    CI 492  Senior Project II 3.0
    CI 493  Senior Project III 3.0
    Mathematics Requirements  
    Choose a Mathematics Sequence 12.0
    MATH 101
    & MATH 102
    & MATH 180
    Introduction to Analysis I
    and Introduction to Analysis II
    and Discrete Computational Structures
     
    MATH 121
    & MATH 122
    & MATH 180
    Calculus I
    and Calculus II
    and Discrete Computational Structures
     
    MATH 181
    & MATH 182
    & MATH 183
    Mathematical Analysis I
    and Mathematical Analysis II
    and Mathematical Analysis III
     
    Natural Science Requirements * 8.0
    Liberal Studies Requirements  
    ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research 3.0
    ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing 3.0
    ENGL 103 Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres 3.0
    COM 230 Techniques of Speaking 3.0
    Liberal Studies Electives ** 12.0
    University Requirements  
    UNIV CI101 The Drexel Experience 2.0
    or CI 120 CCI Transfer Student Seminar
    CIVC 101 Introduction to Civic Engagement 1.0
    COOP 101 Career Management and Professional Development 0.0
    Free Electives 36.0
    Total Credits 188.0

    †Also choose Quantitative methods elective from any non-required MATH course, STAT 201, or SOC250

    *Select any non-required courses from the following: ANAT, BIO, CHEM, ENVS, FDSC, NFS, PHEV, PHYS, HSCI, GEO, ENSS.

    **Select any non-required courses from the following: ANTH, COM, ENGL, HIST, PHIL, PSCI, PSY, SOC, WRIT, ECON, ENTP, ARTH, FMST, MUSC, TVST, VSST

    If you pursue a Business Administration Minor, MIS classes do not count towards the Business Administration Minor. You must choose another option to fulfill the Business Administration Minor requirements.

    Concentration in Computing Technology

    Computing Technology Concentration Requirements  
    CT 295 Public Key Infrastructure Technology 3.0
    CT 335 Mobile Applications 3.0
    CT 350 Network Administration III 3.0
    CT 415 Disaster Recovery and Continuity Planning 3.0
    INFO 366 Database Administration II 3.0
    Computing Technology Electives  
    Select two: 6.0
    CT 355
    Wireless Network Security Technology  
    CT 362
    Network Auditing Tools  
    CT 393
    Information Technology Security Risk Assessment  
    CT 402
    Network Security II  
    Security Technology Electives  
    Select two: 6.0
    CT 212
    Computer Forensics I: Fundamentals  
    CT 222
    Security and Information Warfare  
    CT 393
    Information Technology Security Risk Assessment  
    CT 415
    Disaster Recovery and Continuity Planning  
    Total Credits 27.0

    Concentration in Computing Security

    Computing Security Concentration Requirements  
    CT 212 Computer Forensics I: Fundamentals 3.0
    CT 312 Access Control and Intrusion Detection Technology 3.0
    CT 400 Network Security 3.0
    CT 412 Information Technology Security Policies 3.0
    CT 422 Incident Response Best Practices 3.0
    CT 432 Information Technology Security Systems Audits 3.0
    CT 472 Security Defense Countermeasures 3.0
    Computing Security Electives  
    Select two: 6.0
    CT 325
    Operating System Security Architecture I  
    CT 402
    Network Security II  
    CT 393
    Information Technology Security Risk Assessment  
    CT 415
    Disaster Recovery and Continuity Planning  
    Total Credits 27.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Transfer Students
      • A minimum of 24 previous college semester credits (36 quarter credits) with a grade of C or better, and earned within the past 15 years from a regionally accredited institution.
        • Credit for courses in science, mathematics, information technology, computer science, and information science will only be given for courses taken within the past 10 years.
    • First-Year Students
      • Between 0 – 23 previous college semester credits from a regionally accredited institution
      • Must have earned high school diploma or GED a minimum of 2 years ago
    • Non-Matriculated Option
      • Drexel University also offers a non-matriculated option, where you can take courses without being enrolled in a degree-granting program.

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
      • Transfer Students
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • First-Year Students
        • Official high school transcripts
        • Official ACT/SAT scores
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 is $501 per credit. (A 40% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $834 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

     

    Academic Calendar

    2018-2019 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 14, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019

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