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Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity 

Gain the skills you need to defend information from attackers and other threats.

Program Overview

Join the exciting field of cybersecurity and defend information from attackers and other threats. As a cybersecurity professional you’ll play an integral role in a world where technology is becoming more critical and therefore more vulnerable. Gain the skills you need through this bachelor’s degree program designed to accommodate the schedule and needs of busy adults.

Indulge in classes taught by experts in the field, allowing you to build the necessary knowledge base and a powerful professional network. These courses take place one night a week or completely online to give you the means to support your family and further your career. At SNU, we’re a family here to assist you on your journey toward your goals. In less than 18 months you could have your bachelor’s in cybersecurity and open the door to an increased earning potential.

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5
week course format
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2
start dates per year
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Graduate in as few as
18 months
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39
total credit hours
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$450
per credit hour
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Learn entirely online

How it Works

Earning a degree while working full time or raising a family has never been more possible. Here’s why adult students are thriving and reaching their goals at SNU:

  • Classes take place entirely online.
  • Students focus on one class at a time to ensure true mastery and prevent overwhelm.
  • You can earn up to 30 hours of college credit for what you already know.
  • Students study alongside other adults in similar stages of life.
  • Instructors with vast amounts of industry experience guide students through courses.
  • Textbooks are delivered directly to your door at the beginning of each class.
  • A dedicated student success advisor guides students through the duration of your studies.
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Courses

The Cybersecurity curriculum at SNU is carefully planned to provide you an in-depth scope of important skills that will help you excel in your future career. Discover the courses that can help you become a competent professional and a leader in your field.

NETWORKING FOR SECURITY

Credit hours: 3
Following the Network+ Exam objectives, this course will introduce basic networking concepts, including DNS, DHCP, VLANs, wireless, cloud technologies, and the OSI model. 

INTRODUCTION TO WINDOWS ADMINISTRATION

Credit hours: 3
This course will introduce the main concepts within Windows Server administration and Active Directory domains. It focuses on user administration within Active Directory, file sharing and permissions, DHCP, DNS, and Group Policy especially regarding the relationship between these and Information Security.

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Credit hours: 3
This course examines adult life experiences as a foundation for experiential learning. By reflecting on the concepts of adult development theories and an individual’s personal life experiences, the course will explore how those factors influence and help individuals to interpret life situations and circumstances in terms of relationships, personal decision making and future applications.

NETWORK ADMINISTRATION I

Credit hours: 3
This course discusses the Linux command line interface and basic scripting within the BASH shell. Students will learn to configure the OS and manage files, permissions, and how to manipulate data using the CLI.

INFORMATION ASSURANCE

Credit hours: 3
This course will cover the integration of industry recognized cybersecurity frameworks (RMF, NIST CSF) into a network policy and analyze prior real-world network breaches (Target, Equifax, Sony, etc.) to see where policy and practice failed.

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR I

Credit hours: 3
This course analyzes the formal and informal functions and problems of organizations. The course also examines the strategies to plan, implement, and manage change in an organization.

NETWORK SECURITY I

Credit hours: 3
Using the objectives included in the CompTIA Security+ exam, the class examines network and computer security defense mechanisms, and offers practical tools, tips, and techniques to counter attackers. This includes many hands-on projects to assist in the learning.

COMPUTER AND NETWORK FORENSICS

Credit hours: 3
In this course, students will be taught how to work with data and equipment during a network incident and how to collect forensic data from machines and the network to aid in an investigation.

BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES – WESTERN CULTURE

Credit hours: 3
This course reflects the mission statement and the goals of Southern Nazarene University. It is committed to fostering increased awareness of the Bible which is foundational to understanding Western culture and history. The three major western faiths‐Judaism, Christianity, and Islam‐are rooted within the Holy Scriptures. The course content and format are not designated to intimidate, indoctrinate, or to evangelize. The course is designed to set the Bible in its historical and literary context. The Biblical heritage will then provide the student with rich resources to creatively understand his/her faith in the contemporary world.

PENETRATION TESTING

Credit hours: 3
This class introduces the skills and strategies needed to test a network environment and reveal vulnerabilities. This will take a Red Team approach to discover and exploit vulnerabilities, elevate access, and establish persistence of presence.

NETWORK SECURITY II

Credit hours: 3
This course will teach the use of Palo Alto Firewalls focusing on their role in monitoring and mitigating network intrusions. Students will learn to configure a firewall and analyze its purpose and use within a network.

ETHICS: PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL

Credit hours: 3
This course encourages students to reflect on learning, relationships, personal and professional growth, and goals. Human beings are not mere professional, biological, or psychological machines. What makes us human and distinguishes us from other creatures are our moral and spiritual qualities. This module focuses on character, personal transitions, and accomplishments. It focuses on reflection regarding personal values, commitments, and an insight into the meaning of life.

ADVANCED INTRUSION DETECTION

Credit hours: 3
In this class, students will build a network detection system using virtual machines to learn how to place and monitor sensors. It will emphasize the placement of sensors, the collection and analysis of data, and mitigation of attacks using the concept of the Cyber Kill Chain. It will also cover Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) and its application in network detection and defense.

Upcoming Start Dates

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Online

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Jeff Slattery

Cybersecurity

Professor Jeff Slattery has served at SNU since 2020 as the Title III Program Director for Computer Science. Jeff brings a wide variety of experience into the classroom providing exceptional future career development for SNU professional and graduate students.

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Prior to serving at SNU Jeff:
Vice President: Infra Tech Lead Analyst 09/2014 - Citigroup | Irving TX
• Utilize MS Project to schedule, track and coordinate global cross-functional projects (PMP certification in process)
• Coordinate end-to-end pilot testing and certification of OS code versions for Cisco, Nexus and Arista network devices
• Migrating and standardizing the Systematic Trading Infrastructure of 700+ devices to CTI.
• Served as a Level 3 Network engineer troubleshooting, resolving and implementing 200+
ServiceNow Incident and Change tickets per year
• Administrator for ServiceNow, Trellis, HPNA, and NetBrain
• Complete process re-engineering projects to increase efficiency by 50% saving time and resources
• Utilize NetBrian to complete network diagrams and automation efforts
• Schedule, coordinate and obtain full change approval for CTI and STI network devices (35k globally)

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Admissions

Enrolling at SNU is a simple process. With rolling start dates, there’s no need to wait months at a time to begin your educational journey. Plus, our generous transfer policy and prior learning assessment can shorten your path to graduation. Once you are ready, take the following steps:

Step 1. Apply online at degrees.snu.edu/apply

Step 2. Complete your FAFSA at fafsa.gov using school code 003149

Step 3. Send official transcripts from any colleges you have attended to SNU at pgsadmissions@snu.edu or ATTN: SNU PGS Admissions, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.

You will be contacted regarding any supporting materials we may need. Upon acceptance, your student success advisor will help you enroll and prepare for success as an adult student at SNU.

Locations

Online

Online classes are specially
designed for professional &
graduate studies.
Phone: +1 (405) 491-6332
pgs@snu.edu

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