Cybersecurity

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.

Apply today to learn how you can earn your degree, one class at a time. Our simple application takes less than 5 minutes to complete!

What Makes This Program Unique?

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 so you can complete them in your own time.
  • Students focus on one class at a time to ensure true mastery and prevent becoming overwhelmed.
  • 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 can be delivered directly to each learner at the beginning of every course. 
  • A dedicated student success advisor guides learners through the duration of the degree program.

Career Outcomes

Cybersecurity graduates are in increasingly high demand, with the need for information security workers growing by 38 percent in just ten years. Those who graduate with skills taught in this program go on to work in high priority organizations like the FBI, CIA, and NSA. You could do the same or carve out your own path in industry or as a private consultant. Here are some of the careers Cybersecurity graduates often pursue.

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • IT Security Manager
  • Cyber Security Advisor
  • Cryptographer
  • Vulnerability Assessor
  • Forensics Expert
  • Network or Systems Engineer

If you’re wanting a job that often reaches six-figures, a degree in Cybersecurity may be right for you. Request more information today to begin your education journey!

Locations

Online

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.

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.

Don’t wait to make your dreams happen. Begin working toward your degree as soon as possible with start dates occurring throughout the year! Once accepted, you will be able to set your start for the soonest start date, as space allows, or plan for future enrollment.

September 23, 2020 – Online

We strive to deliver valuable programs to you at an affordable price, with help from financial aid options such as grants, scholarships, tuition assistance, loans, and more. All tuition and fees are listed below so you can feel confident in your decision to enroll at SNU without unexpected expenses. To learn about resources available to you, visit our financial aid page and connect with a representative to discuss your unique needs.

Program Length: 39 Credit Hours

Tuition: $450 per Credit Hour*

Fees: N/A

Textbooks: Students are automatically opted into a program that will deliver books to their home address before each course. If desired, students have the option to choose a different plan offered through Tree of Life or opt out of all Tree of Life textbook plans and order books elsewhere.

*effective June 1, 2020- July 1, 2021

Going back to school for your bachelor’s degree as an adult student is a huge investment in your future. Be sure you have all the tools you need to ensure you’re making the right decision and that you will be successful on your educational journey.

Choosing the Right Program

We want to help you make the decision that will lead you to your goals. Learn how an undergraduate degree from the right university can position you for success in an ever changing economy.

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Getting Started and Enrolling

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Succeeding as an Adult Student

Many adults have thrived at SNU at all of our locations, including online. See some of these resources to learn how they have done it and prepare yourself to do the same!

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Succeeding as a Military Student

You’ve served your country, and that gives you a unique view of the world, approach education and the benefits you receive as an adult student. Our VETS Center is fully-staffed and here to assist students as they return to school, and we also share veteran-specific information on our blog. See some of the resources below or contact our VETS Center directly if you would like further support.

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