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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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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).

For over 20 years, the Montreat College School of Adult and Graduate Studies has been equipping adult students with the skills and tools they need to take the next step in their careers. And thanks to our five locations—Asheville, Charlotte, Morganton, Montreat, and online—and our convenient scheduling options, getting your associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree from Montreat College has never been easier.

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.

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.

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

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Kelli Burgin

Kelli Burgin
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity

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Greg Sayadian
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity

James Tippey

Jim Tippey
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity

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.