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Cybersecurity, B.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Davenport, IA, United States
Every day brings a new headline about a massive data breach or dangerous cyber attack. Why not fight on the front line in defense of cybersecurity and data integrity? The Saint Ambrose University Cybersecurity program, one of eight foundational members of the Facebook Info Security program, will prepare you for this mission.
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The curriculum of the Cybersecurity program at Saint Ambrose University  focuses on computer science and criminal justice, giving you the skills to recover lost or deleted data, identify a timeline of illegal activities, and perform an in-depth investigation when a server is compromised.

Internships give you quality, hands-on experience. SAU students have worked side-by-side with network, technology, and security experts at a number of regional and national corporations, including the National Security Administration, Deere & Company, Arconic (formerly Alcoa), and Genesis Health Systems. In fact, you will have your pick at regional internships since they often have more positions available than students.


A leading info security advisory firm predicts there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021. The same firm predicts the global cost of cybercrime will reach $6 trillion, doubling the cost in 2015. You are ethical, tenacious, and smart. You are needed!

As a security analyst, your job is to prevent data breaches, protect information stored on a system, and create new solutions to prevent future attacks. Cybersecurity graduates also work in digital investigations and forensics.

In this age of cyber attacks, hacking, and database infiltration, cybersecurity is critical for nearly every kind of company.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • International Students: Your application will be considered at any time of the year, and we do our best to give you a decision within two weeks.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Script Programming
  • Networks and Data Communications
  • TCP/IP Fundamental
  • Network Forensics
  • Computer and Network Security
  • Computer Forensics
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Application (no fee, completed online). Please note that if you do not have a Social Security Number, you can leave that field blank.
    • Evidence of your Grade Point Average equivalent should be sent with your official international transcripts. Admitted students must have at least a 2.5 out of 4.0 CGPA. 
    • Send us official copies of test scores, showing evidence of proficiency in English.
    • Send us a scanned copy of your passport photo page and immigration documents, including your U.S. visa, both sides of your I-94, and your current I-20 (if you are in the U.S. on a visa).
    • Send a Declaration of Finances Form (pdf) along with proof of funding via email. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32478 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32478 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    32478 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32478 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Davenport

  • 820 - 1240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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