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Cyber Operations

Bachelor of Applied Science

The Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Cyber Operations gives students extensive hands-on experience and develops the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to succeed in defense, law enforcement and private industry.

National Security Agency - USACenter of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity

One of only 20 NSA-designated programs nationwide

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 emphasis 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 emphasis offers two degree tracks: Engineering and Defense & Forensics.

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 or 520-621-0898 for a referral.

For more detailed program overview visit the Cyber Operations Program Page

Career Level: Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
College: University of Arizona South

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $500
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

Courses combine hands-on cyber activities in a virtual learning environment with a strong academic educational experience. Required courses include:

  • CYBV 400: Active Cyber Defense - Introduction to the policies, techniques, and operational capabilities and limitations involved in implementing defensible network architectures.
  • CYBV 454: Malware Threats & Analysis - Acquisition of the methodologies used to safely perform static and dynamic analysis of software of potentially unknown origin, including obfuscated malwares, to fully understand the software's functionality and specifications.
  • CYBV 484: Cyber Warfare - A broad survey of cyber warfare tools, techniques and procedures, as well as cyber warfare policy, doctrines, and constraints.
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Engineering Track

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.

Defense and Forensics Track

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).


Cyber Operations Experience Overview

Jason Denno, University of Arizona director of Cyber Operations, explains how the online Cyber Operations program prepares graduates to face the challenges of a data-driven future.

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Arizona Online Cyber Ops Program Earns Exclusive NSA Designation

The University of Arizona’s ground-breaking Bachelor of Applied Science in Cyber Operations just became even more exciting.

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.

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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