Cyber Operations

Bachelor of Applied Science

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One of only
21 NSA-designated
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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $500

College of Applied Science and Technology

Rising cyber crime has created a global shortage of information security professionals, transforming this field into one of immense growth and opportunities. The Cyber Operations degree equips you to enter those roles and meet that demand.

The curriculum delivers offensive and defensive cyber security content within our state-of-the-art Cyber Virtual Learning Environment, which allows you to gain extensive hands-on experience and develop the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to succeed after graduating. In addition, the Cyber Operations degrees offers three degree emphases: Engineering, Defense & Forensics, and Cyber Law & Policy.

The National Security Agency has designated the University of Arizona’s Cyber Operations program as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO). With this designation, UA joins an extremely exclusive group of only 20 programs in the nation. The NSA’s CAE-CO designation demonstrates that UA’s Cyber Operations program meets the most demanding academic and technical requirements.

This degree is designed for students transferring approximately 60 credits from a regionally accredited institution. During the application process, the submission of a resume and goal statement is required for professional admission to the program. Before applying, we recommend that you discuss your background with a program adviser. Contact onlineadmissions@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-0898 for a referral.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

Skills

Earning your Bachelor of Applied Science in Cyber Operations will build core skills, including:

  • analytical thinking
  • cloud computing
  • computer literacy
  • Critical thinking
  • cyber forensics
  • cybersecurity
  • programming

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Areas of Emphasis

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ENGINEERING

The Engineering Track is a deeply technical, interdisciplinary, security-focused computer science program that meets the NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) academic requirements.

ENGINEERING

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DEFENSE & FORENSICS

The Defense & Forensics Track is an interdisciplinary cyber education program that conforms to academic requirements from the NSA’s Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) and Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).

DEFENSE & FORENSICS

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CYBER LAW & POLICY

The Cyber Law & Policy emphasis is a unique program that combines highly technical, hands-on cyber curriculum with a strong foundation in national and international law, strategy, and policy relevant to cyber professionals. The technical cyber courses conform to the academic requirements from both the National Security Agency’s Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) and Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).

CYBER LAW & POLICY

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Hands-on Learning

Cyber Operations courses maximize your ability to learn by doing. Cyber is a highly technical field, and our courses provide the hands-on experience needed to become a successful cyber professional. You’ll not only learn the concepts and technologies, but also demonstrate mastery of the course content through hands-on exercises and interactive assessments.

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Cloud Computing

You won’t need expensive, high-performance computer equipment – only a broadband Internet connection and a computer running Windows, Linux or Mac. We provide everything else through a cloud-based Virtual Learning Environment. Advanced cyber tools and the world-class CyberApolis virtual city are preconfigured and provided so you can focus on learning.

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