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    Utica College is one of the few colleges in the United States to offer a cutting-edge Cybersecurity degree online and at the undergraduate level.

    Utica College's online BS in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance degree was developed in connection with the college's respected Center for Identity Management and Information Protection. You'll learn innovative approaches and best practices culled from federal agencies and well known multi-national corporations and organizations, such as the FBI, US Secret Service, US Marshals, TransUnion, and Northrop Grumman.

    Cybercrime is increasing: Reports of large cyber breaches at major retail, technology and financial companies continue to permeate the daily news. Statistics show that such crimes—including identity theft, cyber terrorism and cyber espionage—are on the rise.

    Clearly, cybersecurity grows more vital with every passing day. Professionals charged with the protection of computer systems and online data have to keep up with increasingly advanced technology and ever-changing attack and infiltration techniques.

    Advantages of our Online Cybersecurity Program

    Our online BS in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance offers you a unique opportunity to take the most extensive coursework offered in digital forensics and investigations offered in academia built into a convenient and flexible online format. Our program also offers you:

    • Respected instructors who are industry-leading experts in the fields of Cybersecurity, Counter-Terrorism/Counter-Espionage, and Information Assurance
    • Two in-demand concentrations to customize your education
    • The development of critical skills for investigators and technologists
    • A solid focus on writing, critical thinking, mathematics, statistics, and other vital

    Detailed Course Facts

    Tuition fee Visit Programme Website Start date 2016 Fall, Winter, or Summer Credits 30+ based on transfer credits
    Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode Online Educational variant Part-time Intensity Flexible Structure Fully structured Student interaction Online group works/assignments Attendance No Attendance Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    Students who have already earned an Associate's degree or equivalent are eligible to enroll in Utica College's Online Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Bachelor's program. Our online classes are small and students and faculty work together closely in a virtual atmosphere designed to promote personal and professional development.

    Major Course Requirements: (18-27 credit hours)

    • Computer Hardware and Peripherals
    • Information Security
    • Cybercrime Law and Investigations
    • Senior Seminar in Cybersecurity
    • Internship

    Major Related Requirements: (12 credit hours)

    • Professional Ethics
    • Criminology
    • Statistics
    • Jurisprudence of the Criminal Law (Cybercrime Investigations and Forensics Only)
    • Calculus I (Information Assurance Only)

    Cybercrime Investigations and Forensics Concentration Courses: (19-21 credit hours)

    • Introduction to Criminal Justice Research Methods
    • Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • Cybercrime Investigations and Forensics I
    • Cybercrime Investigations and Forensics II
    • Cybercrime Investigations and Forensics III

    Information Assurance Concentration Courses: (21 credit hours)

    • Computer Science
    • Discrete Mathematics
    • Computer Organization and Programming
    • Object-Oriented Programming
    • Introduction to Networks
    • Computer and Network Security

    Elective Courses: (6-8 credit hours)

    • Computer Organization and Programming
    • Modern Techniques of Criminal Investigation
    • Introduction to Networks
    • Security Administration
    • Information System Threats, Attacks & Defenses
    • Criminal Evidence
    • Computer and Network Security
    • System Vulnerability Assessments

    The online B.S. in Cybersecurity courses provide a solid foundation in digital forensics and investigations. Learn how to guard the private information of individuals, corporations and government agencies by identifying computer network system weaknesses and defending against threats from hackers, viruses and other malware.

    CRJ101 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH METHODS (1 CREDIT) Basic research/writing principles that should be applied to criminal justice as a field of study.

    CRJ103 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 CREDITS) History, theory, and structure of the criminal justice system emphasizing substantive and procedural criminal law; police, prosecution, defense, courts, institutional and community corrections; juvenile justice subsystem.

    CRJ107 COMPUTER HARDWARE AND PERIPHERALS (3 CREDITS) Computer hardware and peripherals and other digital media used in commission of cyber-crimes. Hands-on examination of devices, including building, configuring, upgrading, troubleshooting, diagnosis, and repair.

    CRJ314 MODERN TECHNIQUES IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION (3 CREDITS) Theory and practice of modern investigation methods for public and private sector agencies. Techniques and procedures for evidence collection, preservation, and presentation. Reviews investigation resources, including crime laboratory and databases. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 or equivalent.

    CRJ328 SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (3 CREDITS) Principles of administration of physical, human, and asset security. Risk assessment, training, emergency management, disaster recovery, and the global aspects of security administration.

    CRJ333 INFORMATION SECURITY (3 CREDITS) Protection of proprietary information in both the corporate and government sectors. Topics include: information as a resource, legal issues, policy formulation, administrative and technical remedies, and case studies.

    CRJ335 CYBER CRIME LAW AND INVESTIGATIONS (3 CREDITS) Cyber crimes, including computer crimes, Internet fraud, e-commerce, and threats to the national infrastructure. Policies, legal issues, and investigative techniques and strategies, and implications for investigation and enforcement on a global scale.

    CRJ345 CRIMINAL EVIDENCE (3 CREDITS) Rules of evidence and trial procedures applicable to criminal cases at the state and federal levels. Student mock trial experience as witness and attorney.

    CRJ355 CYBER CRIME INVESTIGATIONS AND FORENSICS I (3 CREDITS) Intrusion detection methodologies, tools and approaches to incident response. Computer forensic principles, including operating system concepts, registry structures, file system concepts, boot process, and file operations. Introduction to forensic tools.

    CRJ356 CYBER CRIME INVESTIGATION AND FORENSICS II (3 CREDITS) Digital information retrieval methods. Exercises for search, recovery, imaging, analysis, and preservation of evidence on disk drives and other storage media. Advanced topics such as disk geometry and analysis of UNIX systems.

    CRJ362 INFORMATION SYSTEM THREATS, ATTACKS AND DEFENSES (3 CREDITS) Methods and motives of cyber-security incident perpetrators, and the countermeasures employed to organizations and agencies to prevent and detect those incidences. Ethical obligations of security professionals.

    CRJ438 SYSTEM VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENTS (3 CREDITS) Threats to information systems and process for performance of audits, assessments, penetration tests, and architecture reviews. Use of tools for such studies and practical experience in conducting assessments and preparing reports.

    CRJ455 CYBER CRIME INVESTIGATION AND FORENSICS III (3 CREDITS) Theory and techniques for tracking attackers across the Internet. Practical exercises from case studies of Internet based crimes.

    CRJ461 SENIOR SEMINAR IN CYBERSECURITY (3 CREDITS) Selected topics of current interest. Emphasizes critical analysis of current research literature and development of action projects by seminar members. Integrates previous learning as a capstone experience. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    CRJ470 INTERNSHIP (6-15 CREDITS) Participation on staff of criminal justice agency under co-supervision of faculty and agency personnel. Field experience, periodic conferences and seminars, written and reading assignments designed to combine theory and professional practice. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    CSC101 COMPUTER SCIENCE (3 CREDITS) Overview of computer science. Introduction to algorithms, elementary data structures, program design, and programming utilizing a block structured programming language. Lecture and laboratory.

    CSC201 DISCRETE MATHEMATICS (4 CREDITS) First course in abstract mathematical structures with emphasis on material needed for applications to computer science. Introduction to different number systems, data types, computer arithmetic, Boolean algebra, direct and indirect proofs, and mathematical induction. Lecture and Recitation.

    CSC303 COMPUTER ORGANIZATION AND PROGRAMMING (4 CREDITS) Digital logic, micro-programming, machine and assembly language programming. Boolean logic and its relationship to actual circuits such as adders, multiplexers, dimultiplexers, shifters, and flip-flops. Hypothetical computer is used to illustrate microprograms/interpreters. Lecture and Laboratory. Prerequisites: Computer Science 101 and 201.

    CSC316 OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING (4 CREDITS) Introduction to the object-oriented paradigm of programming. Objects, classes, and inheritance. Prerequisite: Computer Science 101.

    CSC323 INTRODUCTION TO NETWORKS (3 CREDITS) Topic include network types and communication models, hardware components, applications, protocols, standards, internetworking and routing concepts, OSI Model, TCP/IP, LAN and WAN networking technologies. Prerequisites: Computer Science 101, 102, and 303. May be taken concurrently with Computer Science 303.

    CSC432 COMPUTER AND NETWORK SECURITY (4 CREDITS) Fundamentals of securing computers and networks. Includes security objectives, threats, vulnerabilities, types of attacks, authentication methods, access control methods, encryption, intrusion detection, VPNs, firewalls and security as it relates to the WWW. Prerequisites: Criminal Justice 333 and Computer Science 323.

    GOV341 JURISPRUDENCE OF THE CRIMINAL LAW (3 CREDITS) Criminal law as process for dispute settlement and maintenance of order by the state. Emphasis on legal reasoning, legal process, and necessity to maintain historical continuity and doctrinal consistency.

    MAT112 STATISTICS (3 CREDITS) For non-mathematics majors. Probability theory topics, binomial distribution, normal distribution, descriptive statistics, frequency distribution, measures of central tendency, hypothesis testing. Confidence intervals, correlation, and prediction. Prerequisite: MAT 100, or satisfactory performance in Mathematics Placement Test administered by mathematics department, or permission of instructor. Students may not also take for credit Psychology 211, Economics 241 or Sociology 211

    MAT201 CALCULUS I (3 CREDITS) Review of analytic geometry and trigonometric functions. Limits, derivatives, maxima and minima, related rates, graphs, differentials, mean value theorem. Prerequisite: Mathematics 151 or satisfactory performance in Mathematics Placement Test administered by mathematics department, or permission of instructor.

    PHI108 PROFESSIONAL ETHICS (3 CREDITS) This course examines ethical dilemmas encountered by professionals at work. Journalism, health care, law, education, computer science/information technology and public relations all provide examples.

    SOC274 CRIMINOLOGY (3 CREDITS) Crime as a form of deviant behavior, its relation to social values and social structure, types of criminal behavior, theories of treatment and control, correctional methods, and the administration of justice.

    The program is designed for working professionals who are completing this BS Cybersecurity program on a part time basis taking 6 credits a semester (2 classes), thus completing the program in about 3 years. However, this program can be completed in a shorter time frame if the student is able to take on more than 6 credits per semester.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 79

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test.


    The online BS in Cybersecurity degree is a completer program, which means that students must have an Associate's degree or at least 57 credits from a 4-year institution prior to enrolling in the program.

    International Student Admissions Requirements

    What we need from you:

    • A completed online application

    • $50 application fee (or waiver request) for Graduate Programs or $40.00 application fee (or waiver request) for Undergraduate Programs

    • Official transcripts of all previous academic works in English and an explanation of the grading system

    • English language proficiency tests such as TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your first language -- UC requires a TOEFL score of 550 written, 213 computer-based, 79 internet-based and IELTS of 6.0

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

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    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Utica College.


    Scholarships, Grants, and Awards:

    Utica College scholarships, grants, and awards generally fall into three categories:

    • College Scholarships

    College scholarships are awarded to full-time freshmen upon admission to the College on the basis of academic and personal achievements.

    • Endowed Scholarships

    These have been established by alumni, friends of the College, and organizations for the purpose of permanently providing support to deserving and/or outstanding students.

    • Annual Awards

    Annual Awards are grants and prizes awarded to deserving students on a yearly basis.


    Utica College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, (215) 662-5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postseconday Accreditation.

    Utica College is chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York.

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