Keep our digital world safe with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity
Protect the privacy and security of computers, digital devices, servers, and networks with one of the best Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity programs in the region offered at Marymount University. At Marymount, you’ll master the technology for identifying vulnerabilities in the digital space and defending organizations from a wide range of espionage, cyberattacks, and cyberthreats.
- Rated a top cybersecurity program by the Department of Homeland Security
Marymount is recognized by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). We are also just 5 miles from Washington, D.C. That means you’ll learn cyber defense technology, policy, and practices while next door to the very place where high-level cybersecurity experts make critical decisions that affect national policy.
- Distinguished faculty with worldwide expertise
From China to Spain, Romania to Uganda, our Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity faculty are experts in global government and industry cryptography as well as current and emerging cybersecurity trends, including artificial and cyberthreat intelligence.
- Hands-on experience close to campus
Our proximity to Congress and DHS, as well as Amazon, Capital One, Microsoft, and Northrop Grumman, makes Marymount ideal for internships, research positions, and careers in cybersecurity. On campus, you’ll use the same tools and techniques available to working professionals, such as our Cyber Lab and Cyber Clinic, which offer tech support to small businesses and nonprofits.
- Small classes, focused instruction
Courses in our Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program are taught by experienced faculty members, not teaching assistants. In fact, our classes rarely have more than 20 students, and faculty members are always available in person, on Zoom, or in a Slack channel to help you with your most pressing questions.
- 120 credits
- $1,190 per credit hour
- Fall, Spring and Summer intakes
- Accredited by SACSCOC
- Completed application submitted through the Marymount Application or Common App
- High school transcripts
- Letter(s) of recommendation (optional)
- Personal essay (optional, although highly encouraged)
- A résumé may be provided should an applicant have any gaps in enrollment
- Non-native English speakers must meet our English Language Proficiency Requirement
- Students or former students of schools outside the U.S. may be considered international applicants, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, and be subject to additional international admissions requirements
Marymount University does not consider SAT/ACT scores for admission or scholarship purposes.
Program Curriculum Snapshot
IT 120: Cybersecurity Principles
This course introduces the field of cybersecurity. Students examine the major attack vectors, such as cybercrime, malware, and hacking. They examine the tools and techniques available to protect individuals, governments, and companies. Students are taught cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities and how to mitigate them by the application of computer science and cybersecurity principles. The course also covers privacy and the correct handling of personal information.
IT 315: Operating Systems and Virtualization
This course covers the functions of modern operating systems, including their application in virtualized and cloud environments. Students work with Microsoft Windows and Unix/Linux operating systems in stand-alone, networked, and virtualized configurations. Concurrency and the ability to manage multiple users, multiple tasks, and multiple cloud processes are discussed. The course also explores how the operating system manages its hardware resources, including memory, file systems across multiple storage types, and networks.
IT 489: Capstone Project
This capstone course for students in the B.S. in Information Technology program is designed to allow students to engage in a Real Projects for Real Clients Course (RPRCC) opportunity. Students work closely with a client, develop a detailed project proposal, conduct the work, develop a project report, and write a project perspective after the project is complete.
Other courses address broader issues in cybersecurity such as human behavior, risk management, and cyber law and ethics.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity have secured careers at companies that include:
- Amazon Web Services
- Capital One
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Ernst & Young
- National Security Agency
- Northrop Grumman
- U.S. Dept. of Commerce
To pursue leadership roles or to gain additional cybersecurity certifications or expertise, you may want to consider Marymount’s master’s degree in Cybersecurity.
The median salary for Information Security Analysts in 2021 was $102,600, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall employment in cybersecurity is projected to grow 35 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the national average.
Meet Our Faculty
Welcome to the School of Technology and Innovation within Marymount University’s College of Business, Innovation, Leadership, and Technology (BILT).
Today, technology is a major part in all of our lives, and our School is here to educate the next generation of technology gurus in whatever that technology brings. We are extremely proud of our progressive technology programs and the quality of our students who are entering the challenging workplaces of today and tomorrow.
The School of Technology and Innovation focuses on preparing individuals to take part in the global critical technology workforce shortage. Our programs, whether they are at the undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral levels, prepare students for roles in digital transformation, cybersecurity, data science, cloud computing, and the constantly growing field of technology applications.
We are particularly proud of our diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives as we help significant numbers of minorities, women, veterans, and the neurodiverse succeed in the technology field.
Please explore our website to learn more about our programs and our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.