Bachelor of Applied Science
One of only 24 NSA-designated programs nationwide
Online Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity
- Academic Influence
*Up to 60 credits may be transferred in from a regionally accredited institution.
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, the University of Arizona joins an extremely exclusive group of only 24 programs in the nation. The NSA’s CAE-CO designation demonstrates that the Cyber Operations program meets the most demanding academic and technical requirements.
Qualified students in the Cyber Law & Policy emphasis may also be eligible for the College of Applied Science and Technology's Accelerated Master's Program (AMP), which allows exceptional students to complete both a BAS in Cyber Operations and a Master of Legal Studies in as little as three years.
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 an enrollment counselor. Students that are residents of the State of Arizona with 60 transferrable credits and intend to be full-time may qualify for discounted tuition. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Earning your Bachelor of Applied Science in Cyber Operations will build core skills, including:
- Analytical thinking
- Cloud computing
- Computer literacy
- Critical thinking
- Cyber forensics
Areas of Emphasis
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 & 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).
CYBER LAW & POLICY
The Cyber Law & Policy emphasis combines highly technical, hands-on cyber curriculum with a strong foundation in 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 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.
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.