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DeVry Bachelor's Degree Specialization

Cyber Security

Bachelor's in Cyber Security At-A-Glance

  • 100% Online, Flexible Programs
  • 24/7 Student Support
  • Industry Experienced Faculty
  • Your Degree on Your Time - Accelerated Program Completion Option
  • Elements of the Curriculum are Aligned to Industry Certifications    

Get to Know Our Cyber Security Degree Specialization

In our Bachelor’s Degree Specialization in Cyber Security, you’ll have the chance to see first-hand what it takes to defend networks, applications and systems against online attacks from hackers and other cybercriminals. You’ll explore some of the methods used to protect companies from these attackers and familiarize yourself with concepts such as network security testing including countermeasure testing and risk factor analysis. Using these skills, you’ll learn how to build detailed security and contingency plans, as well as learn disaster recovery should an attack ever occur.

Our Cyber Security Specialization can be earned as a part of our Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and Networking.

Explore additional cyber security programs:

What You'll Learn in the Cyber Security Program

When you pursue an online cyber security degree specialization from DeVry University, you’ll learn the following:

  • Small Enterprise Networks
    Produce, secure, operate and troubleshoot small enterprise networks by gaining an understanding of the underlying technology of networks and the Internet. Learn networking basics such as the OSI and TCP/IP models, protocols, routers, switches, small network configuration, troubleshooting, and network security.
  • Digital Devices
    Explore digital concepts, devices and connectivity within the realm of the Internet of Things (IoT). Topics include networking, securing, and deploying digital devices.
  • Operating Systems
    Install and configure operating systems using Command Line Interface (CLI).
  • Systems Administration
    Examine technologies and systems that serve voice traffic, design LANs and VLANs, and learn the fundamentals of network design and infrastructure security.
  • IT Operation, Regulation and Trends
    Gain an understanding of operation, regulation and trends as related to information technology and networking. Examine past and current trends to develop the footing needed to help you excel in the world of networking and communication management.
  • Ethical Hacking
    Gain knowledge and skills related to activities behind hacking attacks and countermeasures. Learn to build defense mechanisms to protect applications, systems and networks from hackers.
  • Network Security Testing
    Examine network security testing using a layered approach requiring design, implementation, and testing of attack countermeasures.
  • Security Planning and Auditing
    Analyze and mitigate security risks by looking at risk factor analysis that must be performed in order to design a flexible and comprehensive security plan. Learn about assessing threats, developing countermeasures, protecting information and security designs processes, and auditing practices used to verify compliance with policies and procedures.
  • Communication
    Communicate effectively orally and in writing across environments and platforms.
  • Collaboration
    Work collaboratively in a team environment. Coordinate and share information to achieve a common goal.
  • Problem Solving
    Use business and management principles to problem-solve a variety of workplace challenges.
  • Digital Literacy
    Learn to apply appropriate technologies in order to solve digital issues and problems within databases.
Classes Start Every 8 Weeks


Classes start: January 1

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Accreditation and Recognition Matters

DeVry University’s Cyber Security curriculum is acknowledged and verified as an approved provider by NICCS.


How You’ll Learn

Here at DeVry, flexibility means more than just our ability to offer onsite and online college courses. It also means:

  • Convenient 8-week sessions

  • Full or part-time schedule options

  • On-demand learning resources such as tutoring and digital library services

  • 24/7 access to your course via our mobile app.


Accelerate at Your Pace

Choose the schedule that best fits your goals and commitments. You can earn your Bachelor's Degree in as few as 2 years 8 months*.

Or, follow a normal schedule and complete your program in 4 years.**

*Per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters, enrollment in 12-19 credit hours per semester and continuous, full-time year-round enrollment with no breaks.

**Per 12-month period, assumes completion of 2 semesters and full-time enrollment in 12-19 credit hours per semester.

Succeed at DeVry with Our On-Going Support

At DeVry, we have an unwavering commitment to your success. From the first time you connect with a DeVry representative, to graduation day and beyond, we’re here for you.

Education is a commitment to your future – and we want to help you get a positive return on your time and financial investment. That’s why we’ve designed our programs to align with your goals and fit seamlessly into your schedule. We do this by employing faculty who work in the fields that they teach and align annually with the National Advisory Committee to make sure our curriculum is aligned with employment needs. 

You’ll learn from industry-experienced faculty providing real-world knowledge to help prepare you with both the hard and soft skills you need to hit the ground running and pursue the career that you want.  

Our student-focused experience puts around-the-clock resources at your fingertips, such as 24/7 tutoring, e-library access, an inspiring online student community and access to Career Services, giving you the tools and resources you need to tackle your studies when and where it works for you.

Additional benefits of earning your Bachelor in Cyber Security Degree Specialization include:

A Complimentary Laptop: You’ll get a complimentary laptop as part of your technology program1. It’s our way of investing in your education—and you.

Work with IoT Technologies & Systems:
 Immerse yourself in the Internet of Things (IoT) world and obtain hands-on experience with IoT, cloud, software and security technologies and systems.

Certification Exam Reimbursement:
 Several of our tech programs are designed with industry-recognized certifications in mind. Qualified students may receive up to a $300 reimbursement for the cost of one exam attempt across a wide range of certifications:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Cloud+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CEH Certification
  • CompTIA CySA+
  • CompTIA CASP+
  • CompTIA PenTest+ 

Other certifications may also be eligible for reimbursement. Speak to your Student Support Advisor for additional information.

Embedded Programs

Embedded Programs - Demonstrate Skills at Every Step

Earn two additional credentials with our unique 3-in-1 design. Courses in our Networking Essentials Certificate program and Information Technology and Networking Associate Degree are embedded within our Cyber Security Specialization for the Information Technology & Networking Bachelor’s Degree program. This allows you to obtain a certificate and an associate degree on the way to your bachelor's degree.^

^These figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements. At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.

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Leo G.
Bachelor’s Information Technology and Networking with a Specialization in Cyber Security, 2021
Earning my degree from DeVry has helped me achieve my goal to be an inspiration to others. My advice? If you are thinking about it go for it. Never let doubt hold you back from something that will change your life.”

Career Outlook

Career Opportunities for Bachelor’s Degree in Cyber Security Specialization

Cyber security can be an excellent choice for those looking for an in-demand career with strong growth potential. Graduates of our Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and Networking with a Specialization in Cyber Security may consider the careers below.

Computer Systems Analyst

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and design ways to improve efficiency.

Computer Network Support Specialist

Computer support specialists maintain computer networks and provide technical help to computer users.

Information Security Analyst

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems.

Penetration Tester (Ethical Hacker)

Penetration testers perform simulated cyberattacks on a company's computer systems and networks. These authorized tests help identify security vulnerabilities and weaknesses before malicious hackers have the chance to exploit them.

Vulnerability Assessor

Vulnerability Assessors perform assessments of systems and networks within the network environment or enclave and identify where those systems or networks deviate from acceptable configurations, enclave policy, or local policy. The role measures effectiveness of defense-in-depth architecture against known vulnerabilities.

Your Education Pays Off: Job Outlook


Job Growth

According to the BLS, employment of Information Security Analysts is projected to grow 32 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average of all occupations.

About 16,800 openings for Information security analysts are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Growth projected on a national level. Local growth will vary by location. BLS projections are not specific to DeVry University students or graduates and may include earners at all stages of their career and not just entry level.

Prepare for the Career You Want

We understand your career aspirations start long before you enter a classroom, which is why at DeVry, we put your success at the center of everything we do. We are committed to helping you pursue your career goals from the day you enroll and far past your graduation date. Our Career Advisors ensure that you get hands-on guidance to help you pursue your future career confidently by providing a wide range of services, which includes helping you identify and highlight your key strengths and skills, polish your resume, refine your LinkedIn profile and so much more.




Skills Focused Curriculum

This online cyber security degree specialization is rooted in courses that are designed to help you effectively communicate, collaborate in dynamic work environments, solve complex problems and analyze numerical data. It also incorporates our Tech Core curriculum, which aims to help you develop interdisciplinary skills in operating systems, programming, hardware, connectivity and security that are needed for the IoT economy of today.

Here at DeVry, we recognize the importance of providing a well-rounded education. In addition to learning the technical skills required by a career in cyber security, the courses you can take may include topics such as public speaking, principles of economics and environmental sociology, among others.

  • Wired, Optical and Wireless Communications with Lab

Students study transmission media's role as one of the many sources of systems security vulnerability. This course discusses the various types of media used to connect computing and digital devices to networks, and their significance when planning a secure system. The course covers several major media, including copper, coaxial cable, fiber optic cable, wireless and microwave media. Physical and virtual systems are analyzed, implemented and secured.

  • Ethical Hacking

This course provides you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills related to activities behind hacking attacks and countermeasures. Coursework helps students build defense mechanisms to protect applications, systems and networks from hackers. Security loopholes, as well as many of the attack tools used by black hat hackers, are examined.

  • Network Security Testing with Lab

This course examines network security testing, including testing countermeasures against malware threats such as denial of service (DOS), distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks, email, web and wireless. This course also communicates the importance using a layered approach requiring design, implementation and testing of attack countermeasures.

  • Information Systems Security Planning and Audit

This course provides an in-depth look at risk factor analysis that must be performed in order to design a flexible and detailed security plan. Topics include assessing threats, developing countermeasures, protecting information and security designs processes. Auditing practices used to verify compliance with policies and procedures, as well as for building a case for presentation in private and public settings, are also covered.

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Bachelor’s Degree in Cyber Security

FAQs: Cyber Security Degree Specialization

No. The courses you take and the requirements to graduate from DeVry are the same whether you enroll in our hybrid or online Cyber Security Degree Specialization. 

It depends on the specific job you would like to pursue. Typically, a career in cyber security requires at least a bachelor’s degree. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the majority of information security analyst positions require a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field, such as a cyber security specialization.1

A cyber security degree can be worth it on several levels. According to the BLS, Employment of Information security analysts is projected to grow 32 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average of all occupations. This growth is projected on a national level and local growth will vary by location. This projection is not specific to DeVry University graduates and may include earners at all stages of their careers and not just entry-level. Also, a career in cyber security can provide great personal satisfaction knowing that the work you do can help keep your organization, its employees and customers safe from cybercrime.

There are several soft skills that can help people work toward a career in cyber security. Excellent communication and writing skills can help you clearly convey issues and solutions to management, while organization and collaboration skills can help you remain collected should an issue arise. These soft skills supplement a thorough knowledge of technical skills such as network building, programming and system maintenance.

1As part of this program, one complimentary laptop is provided to students enrolled in the Associate in Cybersecurity and Networking, Associate in Information Technology and Networking, Associate in Engineering Technology, Bachelor’s of Information Technology and Networking, Bachelor’s of Software Development, Bachelor’s of Engineering Technology, Bachelor’s of Network and Communications Management and Bachelor’s of Computer Information Systems. The laptop is issued during the student’s second session. Certain restrictions apply.