OVERVIEW

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.

MSU Denver’s Cybersecurity Program Achieves NSA Designation

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) institution. The Cybersecurity, B.S. program has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA) from 2022 to 2027. The CAE-CD designation is awarded to regionally accredited academic institutions offering cybersecurity degrees and/or certificates at the associate, bachelor’s and graduate levels. The designation brings with it more opportunities for professional relationships and funding for students, helping them to better prepare for careers in a field where they are desperately needed. “There are about 590,000 unfilled cyber jobs in the U.S., and about 20,000 of those jobs are in Colorado,” said Richard Mac Namee, director of The Cybersecurity Center at MSU Denver. To learn more, download the Fact Sheet for Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative (CEDI).

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KEY FEATURES

CURRICULUM

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of the CYB program, graduates will have the ability to:

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
    Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Function effectively as a member, or leader, of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  • Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.

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Professional Development Opportunities: The Cybersecurity Center

The Cybersecurity Center

Declaration of Cybersecurity Major

To declare a major in Cybersecurity, download and complete the fillable Declaration of Major form. Once completed, email the form to Maty Candelaria, CYB Academic Advisor: [email protected]

DECLARE CYB MAJOR

CYB SCHOLARSHIP

Cybersecurity Senate Bill 18-086 Scholarship

DESCRIPTION
Senate Bill 86 provides scholarship awards to attract and benefit students who major in the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity at MSU Denver.

AMOUNT
$1500 will be awarded in the Spring for the 2024-2025 academic year.

*Limited scholarships awarded, please apply early*

ELIGIBILITY

  • Declared major in Cybersecurity, B.S.
  • Full-time student status (enrolled in 12 or more credit hours)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Earned at least 60 credit hours

TO APPLY
Complete the 24-25 MSU Denver Scholarship Application

Questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Scholarship Deadline: March 15, 2024

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STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

CYBERSECURITY FACULTY & STAFF

PROFILES

CYBER NEWS

Cyber students PISCES Program

Through the PISCES program, MSU Denver student Monica Ball helps protect civic institutions across Colorado from cyberattacks. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Cyber students help protect civic institutions vulnerable to hackers

MSU Denver’s PISCES program provides cybersecurity monitoring for organizations throughout Colorado and gives students real-world experience in the process.

Cyber Superhero

Cyber Heroes Prepare for Battle

With cybercrime soaring, the race is on to train a new generation of digital defenders.

MSU Denver student Soren Singpiel, left, works with alumna Ashley Danielle Aguilar at Lockheed Martin. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin

Partnership Opens Pipeline from MSU Denver to Lockheed Martin

The aerospace, technology and defense corporation is hiring students to support projects in AI, cybersecurity and more.

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The Future of Cyberwar

The U.S. rallies its cyber defenses as the Russia-Ukraine conflict escalates on and off the battlefield.

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Shattering the Cybersecurity Glass Ceiling

An all-girls squad from D’Evelyn Junior High School code and collaborate their way to the national CyberPatriot competition.

MSU Denver Aims to Improve Diversity in Cybersecurity Field

Diverse Issues in Higher Education Article

UPCOMING EVENTS

vent Flyer: Study Skills for Cybersecurity Students. Date: February 27, 2024. Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Location: Administration Building, Room 320 1201 5th Street Denver, CO 80204

PAST EVENTS

The Cybersecurity Center PISCES Potluck

Date: Friday, December 1, 2023

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Cybersecurity Center

1250 7th Street Denver, CO 80204

Event Details: Come and enjoy various dishes prepared by Tier 2 Team Leaders and Tier 3 Analysts. Bring something to share if you’d like. Backdoors and Breaches will also be played at this time.

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National Security Agency Visits The Cybersecurity Center at MSU Denver

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023

Time: 8:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Location: The Cybersecurity Center

1205 7th Street Denver, CO 80204

Event Details: Join us for an exciting event as the National Security Agency (NSA) pays a visit to MSU Denver. This in-person event will provide a unique opportunity to learn about the NSA’s role in national security, cybersecurity, and intelligence gathering. Whether you’re interested in a career in these fields or simply curious about the work of the NSA, this event is for you.

During the visit, you’ll have the chance to interact with NSA representatives, ask questions, and gain valuable insights into the agency’s operations. Discover how the NSA contributes to protecting our nation’s interests and learn about the cutting-edge technologies they employ.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to engage with professionals from the NSA and expand your knowledge in the field of national security. Mark your calendars and be sure to join us at MSU Denver for this enlightening event. RSVP required to attend.

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Coffee and Cocoa Social: A Talk with Scott Shadler hosted by CyberBridge

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2023

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Aerospace & Engineering Sciences Building (AES), Forum 150

1449 7th Street, Denver, CO 80204

Event Details: Dive into the dynamic world of technology and cybersecurity with an interactive session led by a seasoned IT Director who has been at the forefront of the industry for over two decades. With a track record of steering global tech solutions and spearheading award-winning innovations, he brings knowledge and first-hand experience in problem-solving and talent acquisition. He has been in charge of the hiring process for top firms nationwide.

This event is a golden opportunity for anyone aspiring to excel in the competitive field of IT. Learn the subtleties that can make your resume stand out. The skill sets that top companies desperately seek and the mindset needed to thrive in fast-paced tech environments. Whether seeking your first role or aiming to advance your career, the insights offered here could be the catalyst you need for your next big opportunity.

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A Talk with Alex Weinert, Microsoft VP of Identity & Security

Date: Monday, October 30, 2023

Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Reception to Follow.

Location: CAVEA Theater, Room 420

Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB)

890 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Event Details: Join us to hear Alex discuss the need for diverse opportunities in the field of cybersecurity.

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Cybersecurity Speakers Bureau

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2023

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Tivoli Student Union, Room 444

900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Event Details: In celebration of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) presents the Cybersecurity Speakers Bureau. Come and gain insider information about the cybersecurity field from industry professionals. All are welcome to attend.

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Campus Catalyst: MSU Denver-DU Hack 23

Dates: Saturday October 21 – Sunday October 22, 2023

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Computer Science (ECS) Building, Room 510

University of Denver

2155 East Wesley Avenue Denver, CO 80208

Event Details: Join us for MSU Denver and DU’s first join Hack-a-Thon!

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Women in Cybersecurity Candle Making Event

Date: Thursday, September 21, 2023

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB) 2nd Floor at Mezzanine

900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Event Details: Come join us for an evening of fun with a chance to connect and learn more about women in cyber!

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Cybersecurity Panel: Criminal Justice Matters! Smart on Cybersecurity

Date: Monday, May 1, 2023

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Tivoli Student Union, Room 444

900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Event Details: Cybersecurity professionals spoke about the reality of working in cybersecurity, topics include: cybersecurity isn’t only about computers but behavior and criminal justice perspective of cybersecurity.

Raíces Cyber Denver Chapter Presents: Malware Reverse Engineering with James Leo

Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Aerospace & Engineering Science Building (AES)

1449 7th Street, Denver, CO 80204

National Organization Information:

Raíces Cyber Org is the Hispanic, Latino, Latina, LatinX and Our Allies International Association in Cybersecurity.  Raíces Cyber Org’s Mission is to Encourage and Support the Hispanic, Latino, Latina and LatinX Cyber Community to achieve Greater representation in the Cyber Workforce.

“Raíces Cyber, Changing the World by Creating DIVERSITY of Thought in Cyber”

Cybersecurity Networking Panel Discussion

Date: Friday, November 4, 2022

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Tivoli Student Union, Room 444

900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Event Details: Career Planning Advice & Strategies On Post-Pandemic Hiring Trends & Opportunities

Sponsors: Women in Cybersecurity and Raices

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ALUMNI RESOURCES

To find a host of exciting events, career support resources, and opportunities to engage with fellow Roadrunners, visit the Classroom to Career Hub (C2Hub) Alumni Relations page.

Maty Candelaria

Cybersecurity Academic Advisor

Phone: (303) 615-1099 | Email: [email protected]

Schedule an Appointment

Office Location & Hours

We are located in the Administration Building, Suite 310.

In-Person Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Virtual Hours: Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Auraria Campus Map & Parking Information

Mailing Address

Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Campus Box 10
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362