Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity & Information Assurance
Western Governors University

Program Details

WGU’s online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (BSCSIA) prepares students to act as the first line of defense against hackers, malware, and other cyber threats. The BSCSIA program is designed in collaboration with cybersecurity experts to meet the most recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Security Agency (NSA) guidelines. Curriculum includes focus on secure system analysis and design, digital forensics, hacking countermeasures and techniques, cyber law, and information assurance. Graduates of the BSCSIA program will be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and certifications necessary to for a successful career in cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors.

WGU's online programs deliver unparalleled flexibility, allowing students to complete coursework whenever and wherever works best for their schedules. Students also benefit from the competency-based learning model, which lets them complete most courses as quickly as they prove mastery of the material, making it possible to accelerate their progress and potentially graduate faster. Faculty Mentors work one-on-one with WGU students, providing dedicated coaching, guidance, and support from enrollment through graduation and beyond.

Requirements

The program requires a total of 120 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

To be admitted into this online IT degree, you must:

  • Possess a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Demonstrate IT experience through at least one of the following four methods:
    • Have earned an associate’s degree in IT or equivalent (A.S. or A.A.S. acceptable).
    • Have completed the following high-level IT coursework within the last five years:
      • Two or more upper-level Networking courses; OR
      • Two or more upper-level Object-Oriented Programming courses (Java, C#, etc.); OR
      • One or more upper-level Operating Systems course; OR
      • One or more upper-level Information Security and Assurance course.
    • Hold high-level IT certification in network, security, programming, data management, operating systems, or hardware management earned within the last five years.
    • Submit a resume showing three-plus years of IT work experience.

You may also be required to take and pass the WGU Readiness Assessment — a short, multi-part online admissions test that helps determine the likelihood of success in a WGU program. Applicants who possess a bachelor's degree or one of the IT certifications that WGU recognizes for competency credit will have this requirement waived.

School Accreditation Statement

Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions. Currently, WGU's "home" accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the same organization that accredits such leading institutions as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and other public and private colleges.