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Cybersecurity B.S. Overview

4 alternating panels program code and serversThe 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

Degree Requirements

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:

CYB 2022-2023

  • All GS MTH courses are accepted.
  • CAS 1010 and PHI 3370 are suggested courses.
  • CYB Elective: Any class with a CJC prefix that is not part of the required CJC classes.
  • Internships are optional.
  • 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.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Program of Study (PoS), graduates will have the ability to:
1. Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
5. Function effectively as a member, or leader, of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
6. Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats

MSU Denver’s Cybersecurity Center achieves NSA designation

Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Cybersecurity program has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyberdefense by the National Security Agency. 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.

Cybersecurity Certification Clubs

C3 is an extracurricular, voluntary club that prepares students to achieve professional, industry recognized certifications. These clubs will be instructor led and delivered in the Cybersecurity Multi-Use Training Environment (C-MUTE) which includes the Cyber Range and at significantly discounted rates. Our undergraduate and graduate cybersecurity programs provide robust theory and general education. C3 complements them by providing students with hands on experience and professionally recognized certifications that are very attractive to employers. The roadmap outlined below was created with crosswalks in mind. This ensures students are taking certifications while they are covering the same content in the classroom. These clubs are stand alone. If you are entering the program with credits or transferring to the program, you are still encouraged to join C3. Pricing and registration details will be announced shortly. 

For more information, please contact [email protected]

Cybersecurity Advisor

Cybersecurity Advisor,
Mateo Candelaria,
[email protected]