Prepare for In-Demand Technology Careers
Prevent and Respond to Cyber Security Threat
Trained technology professionals are in high demand, and a career in cybersecurity can put you on the path to success. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information technology occupations are expected to increase by 13 percent through 2026, a rate that’s faster than the national average of job growth for all occupations. The online cybersecurity degree from Bethel University can prepare you with the skills and experience employers want, qualifying you for a variety of lucrative and rewarding careers.
This program is designed to train graduates to meet the cybersecurity needs of organizations in financial, educational, corporate and government settings. With a rigorous curriculum that provides a deep understanding of key topics in computer systems, cyberlaw, policy creation and compliance, it combines industry best practices with real-world application. Upon graduation, several of our courses will prepare you to sit for the following certification tests: CompTIA Network+ (CSC 230), CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) (CSC 255), ISC2 CISSP (CSC 265), CompTIA Security+ (CSC 315 and 245), CompTIA Linux+ (CSC 355), CompTIA Penetration+ (CSC 415) and Ethical Hacker EC-Council (CSC 345, 415 and 445).
Our online cybersecurity degree is taught by expert instructors with years of relevant experience. Because the program is delivered fully online, it provides you with a convenient learning format that allows you to study on your schedule and balance work and academic commitments. As an accelerated course of study, this program can be completed in two years.
Bethel University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole.
Begin Your Bethel Journey
General education courses offer an introduction to the arts and sciences within a college setting. Through this comprehensive course of study, students will gain appreciation for a broad range of subjects and build the skills necessary to succeed in higher education. Thirty-six credit hours are required of general education courses.
Electives allow students to dive deeper into a wide range of subjects and provide the opportunity to tailor a course of study based on interests and academic goals. Students are required to earn 36 credit hours of electives.
- Students may transfer credit from other accredited institutions, provided the courses are equivalent to required Bethel courses and the student earned a grade of C or better.
- CLEP testing available for select courses.
- CSC 110 Introduction to Computer Science
- ITSC 122 Programming 2
- CSC 230 Networks
- CSC 245 Computer and Systems Security
- CSC 255 Principles of Cyber Security
- CSC 265 Management of Cyber Security
- CSC 2XX Data Structures and Algorithms
- CSC 315 Principles of Cyberdefense
- CSC 320 Database Programming
- CSC 335 Cybercrime, Law and Ethics
- CSC 345 Network Defense and Countermeasures
- CSC 355 Linux Operating Systems and Security
- CSC 415 Penetration Testing
- CSC 425 Network Forensics
- CSC 397 Cyber Security Internship
- CSC 445 Advanced Cyberdefense
- CSC 435 Incident Response and Contingency Planning
Admission RequirementsCandidates for Bethel’s online BS in Cyber Security need to submit the following:
- Online undergraduate application
- Submit your official transcripts (directly from the institution to Bethel) from all undergraduate work. If you have completed less than 30 credit hours, also submit your official high school or GED transcript
- Show proficiency by either submitting your official SAT or ACT scores, completing a college-level English or math course or taking Bethel’s placement tests
- Credit consideration for a student who has a bootcamp or HackerU certification (similar to Prior Learning Assessment consideration)
Tuition and Fees
Bethel has long been touted for its value. We were ranked No. 2 on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck-Midwest list, listed as one of the 50 Best Value Christian Colleges, and have made it to the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities- Midwest” list for 15 consecutive years.
|What will my degree cost?|
|Total with Transfer Credits||$13,080|
|Full Program Tuition||$415 per credit hour||$49,800|
|Full Program Fees**||$210 (full time student)||$2,100|
|Full Program Total||$51,900|
|Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 90)||$415 per credit hour||$12,450|
|Fees with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 90)**||$210 (full time student)||$630|
*Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to ten semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.
Bethel’s Payment Plan:
The college has a monthly installment plan available through Nelnet Campus Commerce. Enrollment can be completed online by accessing the student billing link through MyBethel or by calling 800.609.8056. Students will be charged an enrollment fee of $40.
Financial AidBethel University is committed to ensuring that all our students receive an affordable education.
We offer financial aid based on need, and military benefits and are proud to offer extraordinarily competitive tuition rates.
To learn more about your financial aid options or submit a FAFSA, please see our Financial Aid page.
Our online bachelor’s in cybersecurity can open doors to new and exciting professional opportunities such as the following careers. (career information from bls.gov)
These cybersecurity professionals plan and implement security strategies to protect an organization’s computer networks and data systems. They might use data encryption programs, firewalls and penetration testing to protect sensitive information. The median annual salary for this role is $95,510.
Computer network architects are responsible for designing and building communication networks for organizations. They also research the latest in networking technology and security to identify the best hardware and software to reach business goals. The median annual salary for computer network architects is $104,650.
A database administrator’s primary role is to use specialized software to store and organize data, including customer information and financial data. They prevent data loss and identify ways to keep information secure. The median annual salary for these professionals is $87,020.
Computer systems analysts, also known as systems architects, identify and execute technology solutions to help organizations operate efficiently and securely. They combine business skills with IT knowledge to create customized computer systems. The median annual salary for this role is $88,270.
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