Bachelor of Professional Studies with a Major in Cybersecurity

The bachelor of professional studies with a major in cybersecurity program is intended for students with associate’s or non-technical bachelor’s degrees who are looking for entry-level positions and advancement in the field of cybersecurity. The program consists of a core curriculum and two concentrations that focus on protection and defense of computer networks and cyber attacks and cyber threats analysis. Upon completion of the program, students are able to understand and implement cybersecurity requirements, protect and effectively defend computer networks against malicious activities, and correct computer network vulnerabilities through penetration testing and hacking techniques.

The program's core curriculum includes courses related primarily to specialty areas identified by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). Coursework in program subject areas culminates in a practicum that focuses on preparing students to obtain professional certification combined with practical exercises.

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Students completing this program will have satisfied GW's university-wide general education requirement, which includes 22 credits in the following areas:

  1. Mathematics or statistics  (3 credits)
  2. Natural or physical science with lab (4 credits)
  3. Humanities (3 credits)
  4. Social and behavioral sciences (6 credits)
  5. Written communication or composition (6 credits)

In addition, students take a minimum of 60 credits at GW, comprising 15 required courses.

Required
PSCS 2301Cyber Investigation
PSCS 2302Digital Forensics
PSCS 2303Compliance and Risk Management
PSCS 2304Incident Response
PSCS 3100Principles of Cybersecurity
PSCS 3103Ethics, Law, and Policy
PSCS 3107IP Security and VPN Technology
PSCS 3109Network Security
PSCS 3111Information Technology Security System Audits
PSCS 3113Topics in IT Security Defense Countermeasures
PSCS 3117Project Management in Information Technology
PSCS 4102Intrusion Detection and Vulnerability Management
PSCS 4103Securing Operating Systems
PSCS 4110Data Communication and Networking Technologies
PSCS 4202Cyber Attack Tools and Techniques

Director: S. White