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B.S. in Cybersecurity

Advance Your Career Through a B.S. in Cybersecurity Degree

Looking for a degree that combines your talent for technology with a desire to serve and protect? Regent University’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Cybersecurity program can prepare you to begin or advance your technology and network security career in government, military, private, public and nonprofit sectors. Learn how to create and execute a digital security strategy that supports and defends data resources managed by your employer. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs around the globe in 2025.1 Equip yourself for these roles with a cybersecurity degree, online or in Virginia Beach.

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ALIGN YOURSELF WITH EXCELLENCE

Regent was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) for the B.S. in Cybersecurity by the National Security Agency (NSA). Only 4% of approximately 4,000 institutions have this designation.

The U.S. News & World report ranked Regent among top national universities in 2019, 2020 and 2022. It has also recognized our programs as the #1 Best Online Bachelor's Programs in Virginia 10 years in a row (2013-2022). So you experience excellence, whether you pursue your cybersecurity degree online or in Virginia Beach.

ACCESS A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR CYBER RANGE

Sharpen your skills through hands-on training in our state-of-the-art, multimillion-dollar cyber range, accessible to both on-campus and online students. The cyber range is a cybersecurity simulation and training facility that prepares you for situations you are likely to face in the real world.2

PURSUE YOUR MILITARY ASPIRATIONS

Regent offers a great location for students who want an on-campus experience and seek to apply their cybersecurity degree in the service of the nation. Virginia Beach is located just 15 minutes from Norfolk’s Naval Base, the largest naval station in the world. There are several other military installations in the area including Naval Station Oceana, Fort Story, and the Dam Neck Fleet Training Center. The B.S. in Cybersecurity program is also offered online, so you can earn your degree from nearly anywhere.

GAIN AN AFFORDABLE CYBERSECURITY DEGREE

Regent’s annual tuition is nearly $20,000 less than that of other private institutions, according to the U.S. News & World Report, 2019-2020. And we were ranked among the Top 5% Most Affordable Private Christian Universities by a CCCU Tuition Survey, 2018. You can explore exciting scholarship opportunities such as academic merit scholarships, honors college scholarships, and more. Learn about the scholarships for on-campus incoming freshmen: the $10,000 Freedom Scholarship$4,000 Homeschool Scholarship, and $4,000 Private School Scholarships. Pursue an affordable cybersecurity degree.

PROTECT AGAINST THREATS

Discover how homeland security is integrating a strong cyber workforce to protect the nation’s networks.

BUILD ON A STRONG FOUNDATION

Anchor your knowledge and skill on Christian principles and values. Be mentored by faculty in Virginia Beach who hold the highest degrees in their field. 

B.S. in Cybersecurity Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Networks & Systems Engineer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Digital Forensics Specialist
  • Cyber Risk Manager
  • Network Applications Supervisor
  • Intelligence Investigator
$113Thousand
Approximate Median Annual Wage of Information Security Analysts, 2021 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Issues relating to Computer Information Systems and the ethical and moral responsibilities of those who work with computers, professionals or end users. Provides foundation to make appropriate decisions when facing difficult situations.
Hands-on exercises within Regent’s cyber range to implement basic cyber security principles. Lab exercises to reinforce key industry certification topics and live fire hand-on incident response scenarios. Requires some synchronous availability. Prerequisites: ISYS 324 Networks and Telecommunication Concepts, Comp TIA Network+ certification, or equivalent. Pass/No Pass. Cross-listed with CYBR 581.
Computer systems, networks, databases, intellectual property, computer security, artificial intelligence, legal and ethical considerations, codes of conduct, privacy, computer crimes, and the future of computing and the Internet and their relationship to the business world.
Focuses instruction on the installation, configuration, and administration of the Linux operating system and emphasizes the use of Linux with the maximization of security in mind for a network client. Prerequisite: ISYS 204.
Introduces programming fundamentals. Use of algorithms and computer logic to translate data into information through structured design, coding, testing, and program debugging, writing programs in high-level, object-oriented language.
Recovery of evidence from any media or digital device that can store or transmit data. Best practices and current techniques for capturing and analyzing digital evidence to support a criminal or civil complaint in court.
Business and government are facing a rapidly expanding need for information assurance professionals. Information protection program design, internetworking and application security, the development of information security safeguards and information security auditing, disaster recovery, policy development, identity management, and effective threat assessment. Prerequisites: ISYS 204.
Introduction to relational database management systems through the study of the tools and techniques of database analysis and design. Attention to data modeling, designing relational databases, normalization, and relationships, using modern database applications to create tables, queries, forms and reports. Prerequisite: ISYS 214.
Students gain in-depth knowledge of networking and telecommunications fundamentals including LANs, MANs, WANs, intranets, the Internet, and the WWW. Attention to data communication and telecommunication concepts, models, standards, and protocols in the context of installation, configuration, systems integration, and management of infrastructure technologies. Prerequisites: ISYS 204 and Sophomore standing.
Securing the systems that run our computers is the key to ensuring that our essential information remains safe and available. This course provides the essentials for understanding the threats to systems security, the methods to counter these threats, and some practical work in systems security. A computer system with appropriate software is required. Prerequisite: ISYS 231.
Access to the Internet for multiple purposes is one of the major components of most business operations. Many businesses also have intranets, which provide internal communications. Security of these assets is critical for a successful business. Course provides an introduction to the concepts and procedures of assessing and providing security for internet/intranets. Prerequisite: ISYS 331.
Investigation of the techniques of system analysis and design, with attention to the concepts, skills, methodologies, and tools essential for systems analysts to develop information systems successfully. Prerequisite or co-requisite: ISYS 317.
Information security must be a significant part of any business plan today, and managers in this field must remain aware of the principles and methodology of managing information security. Provides an in-depth view of the management of information security for government, corporations, and other institutions. Prerequisite: ISYS 231.
Global and local networks provide capabilities that have become essential in the success of the world economy for businesses and individuals. Defending these systems against attacks through the use of worms, viruses, and other criminal acts is imperative. Provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of network security and some hands-on experience in the installation and utilization of firewalls and intrusion detection systems. Prerequisite: ISYS 231.
The threats to information security are numerous, and even the best security systems can be penetrated in one manner or another. In addition, physical security is a consideration for securing the systems necessary for business operations to continue. Natural disasters, terrorist activities, and internal subversion can all cause destruction or denial of service. Provides a framework for understanding the threats and how to counter them. Prerequisite: ISYS 231.
Capstone course in which advanced IST students, operating as a high-performance team, engage in and complete the design and implementation of a significant information system. Project management, management of the IS function, and systems integration are components of the project experience. Prerequisites or co-requisites: Senior status and ISYS 406.
Introductory study of basic descriptive and inferential statistics with an emphasis on real world applications and the use of current technology. Topics include sampling, random variables, probability distributions, measures of central tendency and variation, and testing of hypotheses. Cannot be applied to the mathematics major.
Discrete structures including sets, relations, functions, matrices, graphs and trees. Symbolic logic, mathematical induction, and introduction to proofs. Probability, combinations, permutations. Introduction to linear programming. Prerequisite: MATH 102, MATH 164, or MATH 211.

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Submit your application using the Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Submit Your Unofficial Transcripts

Submit your unofficial high school or college transcripts to regent.edu/items.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email requesting authorization for Regent University to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES, AACRAO or NAFSA approved agency.

Step 3: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please submit a scanned copy or photograph of it to regent.edu/items.

Step 4: Submit Your FAFSA

Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at studentaid.gov Regent's school code is 030913.


Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

DegreeTuition Block Rate Per SemesterCredit Hours Per SemesterTuition Rate Per Year
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$9,97512 - 18$19,950
DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$665Under 12$7,980
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$665Over 18$11,970
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$665N/A$1,995+

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)

Housing Fees » | Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Part-Time Students (3-11 Credit Hours Per Semester)$4506$2,700
Full-Time Students (12+ Credit Hours Per Semester)$39512$4,740

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

DegreeTuition Block Rate Per SemesterCredit Hours Per SemesterTuition Rate Per Year
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$9,49312 - 18$18,986
DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$630Under 12$7,560
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$630Over 18$11,340
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$630N/A$1,890+

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)

Housing Fees » | Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Part-Time Students (3-11 Credit Hours Per Semester)$4506$2,700
Full-Time Students (12+ Credit Hours Per Semester)$39512$4,740

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

Program Educational Objectives

Within five years after graduation, graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program at Regent University can:

  1. Hold positions in cybersecurity-related occupations and/or pursue advanced degrees.
  2. Provide leadership and service to their business, profession, or community consistent with a Christian worldview.
  3. Continue to update their technical knowledge and skills to remain current in their profession.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Regent University Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program can have the ability to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.
  7. Recognize and apply relevant perspectives from a Biblical worldview to computing situations.

Program Enrollment & Degree Data

Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Academic Year Program Enrollment Degrees Awarded 
2022-23214^19*
2021-2224238
2020-2123022
2019-2022028
2018-1919719
2017-1814310
^Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 Enrolled Students
*Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 Graduates

If you hold a valid industry certification through COMPtia or EC Council, you may be eligible to receive up to 9 free academic credits toward certain academic courses through our Cybersecurity program at Regent University.  In order to be eligible for possible academic credit, you must be enrolled in the relevant B.S. in Cybersecurity program. Please submit proof of your passing test scores to regent.edu/items after being admitted or enrolled within your undergraduate level program. Please review the below certifications and corresponding undergraduate level courses at Regent below.

CourseCertificationCredits
ISYS 205 (3)CompTIA Linux+3 credits
ISYS 324 (3)CompTIA Network+3 credits
CYBR 381 (1)CompTIA Security+1 credit
CYBR 382 (1)EC Certified Ethical Hacker1 credit
CYBR 383 (1)CompTIA CySA+1 credit

*Please note that credits are only offered for chosen undergraduate level programs.  No credit will be offered for graduate level coursework at this time. 

How can I learn more about careers in the cybersecurity field?

Try Cyber is a tool that students can use to learn more about careers in the cybersecurity field by participating in cyber challenges. Visit TryCyber.Us for more information.


Is a cybersecurity degree worth it?

Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing field. According to Cybersecurity Ventures’ prediction, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs across the world in 2025. “Cybersecurity graduates are in high demand since there are many open positions that companies wish to fill,” said Dr. Deva Henry in an interview.

The annual mean wage for Information Security Analysts was $107,580 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2020.3 “Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high, as these analysts will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks,” said the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook. In fact, it projects a 31% increase in employment for such analysts from 2019 to 2029. To put this in perspective, the average growth rate for all occupations is 4%.4

According to the handbook, “most information security analyst positions require a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Employers usually prefer to hire analysts with experience in a related occupation.”

Regent equips you to enter the workforce through both knowledge and practical skills training. Maximiliano “Max” Gigli, a graduate from our B.S. in Cybersecurity program, secured an internship at Google in Zurich, Switzerland in 2019. He now serves as an Administrative Business Partner at Google.

Earlier, Regent student Nathan Mowry was among the first in Virginia to earn the new Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was one of 25 recipients who received $10,000 per semester in exchange for future service in the field.

And Lucinda Brooks, a graduate of our M.S. in Cybersecurity program, is part of the inaugural cohort of the Cybersecurity Talent InitiativeTM. This initiative is a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership aimed at recruiting and training a world-class cybersecurity force. Brooks’ program placement is with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where she will help protect the agency’s networks against cyber threats.


Are there any prerequisites for this cybersecurity program?

There are no prerequisites for the B.S. in Cybersecurity. We will gladly provide any training you need to be successful in the program.


How difficult is a cybersecurity degree?

The B.S. in Cybersecurity program includes introductory courses that will help you gain a better understanding of the field. This includes Introduction to Information Systems and Introduction to Programming. You will also study courses like Digital Forensics, which focuses on the recovery of evidence, Systems Security and Network Defense and Security.

At Regent, professors are accessible and supportive, helping you along the learning curve. We also offer a cyber range for you to practice your skills, whether you pursue your degree online or in Virginia Beach. “I came to Virginia Beach for a campus tour and was shown Regent’s Cyber Range — a robust, state-of-the-art facility equipped for cyberattack simulations and world-class training — it sealed my decision to enroll,” said Max Gigli. Gain the Regent advantage.


Can I pursue my cybersecurity degree online?

Absolutely. Regent offers its cybersecurity degree online and on-campus in Virginia Beach. Our online students can access faculty expertise as well as cyber range training from practically anywhere around the globe. Regent’s online programs have been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as the #1 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia for 9 years in a row. We are constantly pursuing excellence in offering a personal, convenient and affordable educational experience to our students.

References

1. Morgan, S. (2021). Cybersecurity Jobs Report: 3.5 Million Openings In 2025. Cybercrime Magazine.
2. “Cybersecurity Graduates are in High Demand”: Q&A with College of Arts & Sciences’ Dr. Deva Henry. Regent University News.
3. May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
4. Information Security Analysts. Occupational Outlook Handbook. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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