Cybersecurity

School of Adult & Graduate Studies

Prepare for a Career in Cybersecurity.

Montreat College’s Cybersecurity program is on the cutting edge of a rapidly expanding field.

  • Cybersecurity is one of the most rapidly expanding fields in the world today, with job postings up 74 percent over the past five years.
  • Montreat College’s Cybersecurity program prepares students to solve the cybersecurity issues and concerns faced today in many corporate and government environments.
  • We teach a responsible and ethical approach to cybersecurity, giving students the necessary instruction and experience to become leading professional cyber defenders and “ethical hackers” (those hired by an organization to test its security).
  • Study in a program guided by a Cybersecurity Advisory Council featuring leaders from the banking, retail, government, and defense sectors.

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For over 25 years, Montreat College’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies has been helping adult students acquire essential skills, complete their degrees, and take their career to the next level. Montreat offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in a classroom or online.

The Adult and Graduate Studies Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program is offered online. If you are looking for the traditional undergraduate Cybersecurity program on our Montreat, N.C. campus, click here.

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Montreat College is designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Montreat College’s Cybersecurity program offered?

Courses are offered online.

When are the start dates for the Cybersecurity degree program?

There are six start dates for new students every year, in January, February, May, June, August, and October. The next start date is the week of August 25, 2019.

How long does it take to complete the Cybersecurity degree program?

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program requires completion of 120 credit hours. If students take one class at a time continuously throughout the program they should complete the program in 4 years.

How much does the Cybersecurity degree program cost?

The cost is $395 per credit hour, or $47,400 total for the 120 credit program, plus a $35 technology fee per semester. Keep in mind that there are multiple college and government financial aid programs available to help mitigate the cost of your education. You can learn more about your financial aid options here.

What jobs can you pursue with a cybersecurity degree?

According to the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS), the job market for cybersecurity professionals is expected to grow 28% from 2016-26, much faster than the job market generally. Cybersecurity jobs include: security analyst, security engineer, security architect, security administrator, security software developer, chief information security officer, director of security, security consultant/specialist, intrusion detection specialist, computer security incident responder, source code auditor, virus technician, vulnerability assessor/researcher, penetration tester, malware analyst, disaster recovery analyst, business continuity analyst, cyber forensics investigator, and many more.

What is the job market like for people with cybersecurity degrees?

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.

How much money do cybersecurity professionals typically make?

According to the BLS, cybersecurity professionals earn an average annual salary of $98,350. However, the amount of money that such professionals make depends on many factors, including region, industry, and specialization.

Academic Information
Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit the following for admissions consideration:

  • Montreat College Application for Admission
  • Official, final transcripts of all college courses taken*
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or higher in all previous college work attempted.
  • Official, final high school transcript or its equivalent (if transferring less than 12 semester credits of college credit)*
  • American Council on Education (ACE) verification demonstrating any eligible CLEP and DSST examinations, and non-collegiate military training.

*All final transcripts must include graduation information

Program Requirements

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Sample Courses

CS 345 Principles of Cybersecurity

Examination of current standards of due care and best business practices in Cybersecurity. Includes examination of security technologies, methodologies and practices. Focus is on the evaluation and selection of optimal security posture. Topics include evaluation of security models, risk assessment, threat analysis, organizational technology evaluation, security implementation, disaster recovery planning and security policy formulation and implementation.

CS 365 The 3 C’s: Cybercrime, Cyberlaw & Cyberethics

A study of the impact of cybercrimes affecting various entities and organizations engaged in cyberspace transactions and activities including the government, military, financial institutions, retailers and private citizens. The course covers broad areas of law pertaining to cyberspace, including Intellectual Property (Copyright, Patent, Trademark, and Trade Secret), Contract, and the U.S. Constitution. The study of Cyberethics addresses a definition of ethics, provides a framework for making ethical decisions undergirded by a biblical worldview, and analyzes in detail several areas of ethical issues that computer professionals are likely to encounter in cyberspace and in business.

CS 448 Incident Response and Contingency Planning

An examination of the detailed aspects of incident response and contingency planning consisting of incident response planning, disaster recovery planning, and business continuity planning. Developing and executing plans to deal with incidents in the organization is a critical function in information security. This course focuses on the planning processes for all three areas of contingency planning – incident response, disaster recovery and business continuity, as well as the execution of response to human and non-human incidents in compliance with these policies.

Faculty
Kelli Burgin

Kelli Burgin
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity Department Chair
kelli.burgin@montreat.edu

Photo of Greg Sayadian

Greg Sayadian
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity
greg.sayadian@montreat.edu

James Tippey

Jim Tippey
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity
james.tippey@montreat.edu

Cybersecurity Advisory Council
Ed Skoudis

Ed Skoudis
CEO, CounterHack

John Dyer

John Dyer
Executive Director of
Communications and Educational
Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary

Keith Gordon

Keith Gordon
Information Security &
Risk Management Executive,
Ally Bank

Job Growth

According to U.S Bureau of Labor statistics, more than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, job postings are up 74% over the past five years, and the cybersecurity market is expected to grow from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion in 2020.

News

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