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Welcome to the B.S. in Cybersecurity Major!

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Overview of B.S. in Cybersecurity

The Departments of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics, and Computer Sciences jointly offer the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity (B.S. in CYB). The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology houses and administers the CYB Program.

The B.S. in Cybersecurity is a social science based B.S. major, providing students with the knowledge and practical skills of computer crime, information systems solutions, proper seizure and recovery of computer evidence. Furthermore, the CYB program focuses on understanding criminal cyber-criminal behaviors, preventing cybercrimes, as well as understanding cyber laws governing prosecuting and punishing cybercriminals. More specifically, students will learn:

  • Digital techniques and tools such as cyber threat analysis and information sharing, managing and securing cyberspace, preventing, detecting, and recovering from cybercrimes
  • Investigative skills and knowledge of laws for prosecuting cybercrimes and criminals
  • Theoretical understanding of cybercrimes and criminal behavior such as fraud indicators, as well as controlling cybercrimes through prevention and punishment; and
  • The impact of cybercrimes and criminals and their victims on the criminal justice system.

Key Features of the B.S. in Cybersecurity

Interdisciplinary The B.S. in Cybersecurity tailors its content and pedagogy to students broadly trained in social/behavioral science and computer information systems as well as computer science. Its curriculum combines the knowledge of combating cybercrime, skills to analyze and manage cyber threats and security, theoretical and analytical comprehension of criminal behavior. Thus, it will respond to rapidly changing cyber workforce requirements.

An Emphasis on Work Readiness Skills The B.S. in Cybersecurity program emphasizes hands-on learning experience for its students. Graduates of the program would be job-ready to enter cybersecurity careers.

A Flexible Course Delivery The B.S. in Cybersecurity program offers daytime, evening, online, and hybrid classes. The flexible course delivery accommodates full-time as well as part time students who are busy working professionals with competing commitments.

Degree Requirements for B.S. in Cybersecurity

Students are required to take Introduction to Criminal Justice System (CJC 1010) and Introduction to Computers (CIS/CSS 1010) as a pre-major requirement.   For course descriptions and pre requisites, visit the University Catalog.

For specific CYB degree requirement, visit the requirements below (make sure you’re looking at the correct Catalog year):

  • All GS MTH courses are accepted except MTH 1080.
  • CAS 1010 and PHI 3370 are required courses, no substitutions are allowed.
  • CYB Elective: Any class with a CJC prefix that is not part of the required CJC classes.
  • Electives: Total unrestricted electives must be sufficient to meet the University’s minimum required 120 credit hours.
  • Please review your Degree Progress Report (located in your Student Hub) to review your degree progress.
  • Email your Cybersecurity Advisor, Mateo Candelaria [email protected]  with questions.

Department Contacts:

Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics

Department of Computer Sciences

Applying to Cybersecurity Major

If you are applying to MSU Denver, indicate Cybersecurity as your major.

You can complete the degree partially online. Not every class is offered every semester, though, so be sure to discuss your options with an advisor.

If you are already a student, submit your request to the Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics, via the College of Business Declaration of Major/Minor Form.

Contact Information


Admin Building, Suite 560

Office Contact:
Donna Ries
303-556-8044 (fax)
[email protected]

Dept. of CIS & Business Analytics
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Campus Box 45
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362