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Develop both technical skills and business acumen needed to protect critical cyber infrastructure and digital assets.

Due to the unprecedented increase in cyberthreats, the demand for cybersecurity professionals has tremendously increased, leading to a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals. Our B.S. in Cybersecurity program prepares you to meet the growing need for skilled cybersecurity professionals in both public and private sector organizations. 

  • Interdisciplinary Program: This innovative degree program combines the disciplines of cyber technology, business, organizational behavior, and law needed to address cybersecurity problems in a more systematic and comprehensive manner. 
  • Hands-on Experience: Students use hands-on learning to master techniques to detect, respond to, and prevent cyberattacks and vulnerabilities. 
  • Scholar and Practitioner Faculty: Study with professors who are leading cybersecurity experts with strong professional and research backgrounds. 
  • Industry Certifications: The program prepares students for cybersecurity-related certifications that are perfect for increasing career opportunities in the field of cybersecurity.
  • High Job Placement Rate: 92% placement in a job or graduate school within a year of graduation. Graduates of this program work for both public and private sector organizations. 
  • Available On Campus and Fully Online: Complete your degree on campus or fully online -- anywhere/anytime.

Robert Morris University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the U.S. National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Robert Morris University is a designated CyberPatriot Center of Excellence by the U.S. Air Force Association.

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Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 31 percent growth in U.S. employment for information security analysts from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average job growth in the United States.

There were 521,617 National Cybersecurity job openings from October 2019 through September 2020, according to CyberSeek, a project supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology under its National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education program.

Be ready to meet this demand by earning your bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity at Robert Morris University.

Career Preparation

As a graduate of RMU’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree program, you will be prepared for cybersecurity-related jobs in areas such as network security, network management, secure programming, systems administration, cybersecurity compliance and governance, and digital forensics.

Degree Requirements and Courses

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree consists of 123 credit hours of coursework. The study plan below is for guidance only. Always review your individual check sheet for your degree requirements. 

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MAJOR - 33 CREDITS REQUIRED

(Minimum grade of “C” must be earned for each course)

  • INFS2120; or Visual Basic Programming; OR 2130, 2140, 2151, 2160, 2184, 3211, or S3212 - 3
  • INFS3121; or Visual Basic Programming II; OR 3130, 3141, 3152, 3185, or 4150 - 3
  • INFS3210 Operating Systems Concepts - 3
  • INFS3220 Systems Analysis and Design - 3
  • INFS3230 Network Data/Computer Communication - 3
  • INFS3235 Computer and Network Security - 3
  • INFS3240 Python Program Language - 3
  • INFS3450 Quantitative Anal for Info Sys Prof - 3
  • INFS4170 Global, Economic, Social & Ethical Issues in Computing - 3
  • INFS4240 Database Management Systems - 3
  • INFS4810 Project Management - 3
  • INFS4860 Program Outcomes Assessment - 0

CONCENTRATION – 21 CREDITS REQUIRED

SELECT ONE CONCENTRATION: CYBERSECURITY OR DIGITAL FORENSICS

(Minimum grade of “C” must be earned for each course)

Cybersecurity

  • INFS3120 Intro to Computer Forensics – 3
  • INFS3170 Cyberlaw – 3
  • INFS3222 IT Security, Control/Assurance – 3
  • INFS3223 IT Governance, Control/Assurance – 3
  • INFS3850 Adv. Topics in Cyber Defense – 3
  • INFS4180 Network Forensics, Intr Det/Resp - 3
  • INFS4870 Cybersecurity Capstone 3

Digital Forensics

AREA OF INTEREST - 15 CREDITS REQUIRED*

  • Restricted Elective - 3
  • Restricted Elective - 3
  • Restricted Elective - 3
  • Restricted Elective - 3
  • Restricted Elective - 3

OPEN ELECTIVES - 15 CREDITS MINIMUM REQUIRED

  • Open Elective - 3
  • Open Elective - 3
  • Open Elective - 3
  • Open Elective - 3
  • Open Elective - 3

RMU CORE COURSES - 39 CREDITS REQUIRED

  • CSEN; or CSCM1010; or CSCM2050 Reading & Writing Strategies; OR Intercultural Communications (Honors section: CSHR2050) - 3
  • CSEN1020 Argument & Research (Honors section: CSHR1020) - 3
  • CSCM1030 Public Speaking & Persuasion (Honors section: CSHR1030) - 3
  • CSCM2040 Professional Communication in Workplace (Honors section: CSHR2040) - 3
  • ECON1010 Survey of Economics (Honors section: 1015) - 3
  • HUMA1010 Humanities: Art and Music (Honors section: 1015) - 3
  • INFS1020 Fundamentals of Information Technology (Honors section: *1025) - 3 (Minimum grade of “C” required)
  • MATH2040 Finite Math & Applied Calculus - 3
  • PSYC1010 General Psychology - 3
  • SOCI1010; or 1020 Principles of Sociology: OR Contemporary American Social Problems (Honors section: 1025) - 3
  • HIST; or POLS ; or History Elective Choose from: 1100 (Honors section: 1105), 1200, 1500, 1600, 1700, or 1800; OR Political Science Elective 1020 - 3
  • ELIT Literature Elective Choose from 1040, 1050, 1060, 2030, 2040, 2055 (Honors section: 2065), or 2080 - 3
  • Natural Science Elective Choose from BIOL1040, BIOL1050, BIOL1060, BIOL1250, BIOL1320, CHEM1220, ENVS1140, ENVS1160, ENVS1170, GEOL1090 (HNRS: GEOL1095), GEOL1100, GEOL1130, PHYS1060, or SCIE1020 - 3

A cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher is required for graduation.
* Students must choose one of the prescribed areas of interest approved by the Computer and Information Systems (CIS) Department.

Admissions and Tuition Information
Scholarships & Professional Opportunities

Scholarships, internships and professional opportunities are available throughout the program.

Meet the Faculty

The School of Informatics, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty is a team of dedicated teacher-scholars, award-winning artists, practitioners, and academics who are committed to your long-term success.

Meet the Faculty

ABET Accreditation Information

The B.S. in Cyber Forensics and Information Assurance program was renamed to B.S. in Cybersecurity. The program is originally accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

 ABET

Program Educational Objectives

Five years after graduation, the graduates should be:

  • Contributing to the workforce in their specialty such as but not limited to computer forensics, mobile security, network security, software security, database security, or information security.
  • Advancing their careers via continuous learning and professional development through the attainment of professional certification, professional study and research or graduate education.
  • Assuming positions of leadership within their organization.
  • Contributing to economic development and society through the prevention and detection of cyber threats in the computer-based information systems for business, government, and other organizations.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will have an ability to:

  • An ability to understand professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities in cyber security context.
  • An ability to demonstrate the use of various computer forensic software tools and techniques, follow proper legal procedures for obtaining, analyzing, and reporting digital forensic evidence and report the findings in a professional manner. 
  • An ability to demonstrate sound background knowledge in Operating Systems security, Network security, Data security, Mobile device security, Database security and information assurance principles.   
  • An ability to evaluate threat vectors, understand risk assessment and implement information security controls for any information system and ensure security, confidentiality, and availability. 
  • An ability to evaluate and implement security governance frameworks such as NIST, COBIT, ISO 27002 to provide an integrated theoretical and practical perspective of comprehensive security management. 
  • An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools in cyber security, individually and as teams, to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to apply knowledge of cybersecurity, programming, and mathematics to define performance specifications to solve problems and identify feasible cyber security solutions.

Program Enrollment and Graduation Data

  • 2020: 220 enrolled, 51 graduates
  • 2019: 227 enrolled, 47 graduates
  • 2018: 218 enrolled, 52 graduates
  • 2017: 244 enrolled, 39 graduates
  • 2016: 174 enrolled, 24 graduates
  • 2015: 144 enrolled, 23 graduates
  • 2014: 137 enrolled, 22 graduates
  • 2013: 100 enrolled, 11 graduates
  • 2012: 48 enrolled, 1 graduate
Contact Us

Wu, Peter Y. Peter Wu, Ph.D.

Department Head, Computer and Information Systems
Professor of Computer and Information Systems

Email: wu@rmu.edu
Phone: 412-397-6458 
Office: Wheatley Center 308

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Digital Evidence Analysis
Network Forensics, Internal Detection & Response
IT Governance, Control & Assurance
Major Credits
66
Information Science
Core Credits
39
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
18

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