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Overview

As an increasing number of cyberattacks and information security threats hit our nation, expert cybersecurity professionals are in significant demand by government agencies, defense firms, financial services and companies in a wide range of industries that handle private data.The Cybersecurity  program at Grand Canyon University responds to this strong industry demand by:

  • Exposing students to training and curriculum designed to prepare them for real-world situations
  • Instructing students to prevent data breaches, protect against various types of cybercrime and address vulnerabilities.
  • Revealing the importance of adapting quickly to changing technology and industry standards
  • Instilling an attitude of continual learning in a fast-evolving digital field

Students will gain knowledge in defending digital spaces, computer environments, networks and sensitive information from malicious software developers and hackers. 

This program teaches and assesses competency in all aspects of defensive cybersecurity, cyber law and cyber ethics. Areas of study include: information assurance foundations, digital forensic investigations, malware reverse engineering, wireless security, security architecture design, security frameworks and secure system administration.

The program emphasizes critical thinking, real-world application and practical project management experience. Students further develop valuable workplace skills, such as effective communication, teamwork, initiative, strong work ethic, analytical skills, adaptability and self-confidence. 

GCU’s Christian worldview is also integrated in the program, so students can learn professional and ethical practices associated with cybersecurity.

Opportunities

Working in cyber intelligence is a highly valued, lucrative career with room for advancement. Potential occupations in the field include cybersecurity technicians, security operation center analysts, penetration testers, malware analysts and digital forensic technicians, as well as positions in defensive cybersecurity operations for public and private sectors.

To elevate credentials and deepen experience, graduates can earn a Master of Science in Cybersecurity from GCU, as well as explore vendor training and professional certifications. These additional credentials help professionals stay ahead of emerging threats, as well as stay up-to-date on current attack vectors, incoming trends and new technologies and techniques.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Computer Science and Information Technology 
  • Platforms and Network Technologies 
  • Algorithms and Discrete Mathematics for Cybersecurity 
  • Routing and Switching 
  • Low Level Programming 
  • Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 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

  • Grand Canyon University (GCU) welcomes applicants 16 years old and older for admission consideration. We seek future graduates with diverse interests, experiences and perspectives, ready to capture academic opportunities with creativity and enthusiasm.
  • Although GCU seeks to integrate Christian faith and practice into all aspects of campus life, no statement of faith or religious affiliation is required of prospective students, with the exception of majors in the College of Theology. Theology majors are required to affirm GCU's Doctrinal Statement and the College of Theology Covenant.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8250 USD/semester
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  • National

    8250 USD/semester
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  • Campus: $8,250 per semester
  • Online: $449 per credit

Living costs for Phoenix

  • 900 - 1450 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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