Cyber Security Prerequisites

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Prerequisites for a Master's Degree in Cyber Security

All applicants to CCU's online Cyber Security master's degree are required to have fulfilled undergraduate-level prerequisite courses in the following four areas with a "C" grade or better before starting courses in the degree program:

  • Business
  • Information Security OR Cyber Security
  • Networking
  • Programming
  • Coding

These courses may be taken at CCU or through another accredited college or university. If you have met these requirements through coursework, it must be reflected in your transcripts.

Students may also satisfy these prerequisites with confirmed core competencies, verified by equivalent work experience or passing scores on content exams. Contact your enrollment counselor to have your work experience evaluated by the program director. Additional coursework, as outlined in the Course Catalog, may need to be completed before registering for the appropriate prerequisite(s).

The prerequisites may be fulfilled in one of the following ways:

Take the classes online at CCU.

The following courses offered through CCU Online fulfill the prerequisites for the M.S. in Cyber Security:

  • Introduction to Business (BUS-105A)
    Overview of functional areas (accounting, finance, management, marketing, and computer information systems) and operating environments common to all business and nonprofit organizations.

  • Introduction to Coding Using Python (CIT-101A)

  • Programming Fundamentals I (CIT-200A)
    Topics in this course focus on the introduction to the design of computer applications emphasizing modern software programming principles; object-oriented design, structured design, decomposition, encapsulation, abstraction, prototyping, and testing. Students will be required to demonstrate competency in the design of object-oriented and structured solutions and the implementation of event driven logic to solve real-world business problems.

  • Information Security (ISM-316A)
    This course includes basic information goals of availability, integrity, accuracy, and confidentiality. Vocabulary and terminology specific to the field of information security are discussed. Identification of exposures and vulnerabilities and appropriate countermeasures are addressed. The importance of appropriate planning and administrative controls is also discussed. Students will implement technical information security solutions.

  • Introduction to Networking and Cyber Security (NWK-220A)
    This course is an introduction to modern networks and cyber security using hands on exercises and terminology in layman’s terms. This course presents technical concepts for both practitioners and managers in cyber security and networks. Real cases are simulated to provide real world knowledge and application.
Complete the equivalent DSST exams and StraighterLine courses.
Transfer credits from another university and provide the transcripts.

You may provide a transcript from another accredited college or university.

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