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Become a Leader in the Fast-Growing Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Fields

With increasing cyberattacks on industries across the globe, the demand for cybersecurity and cybercrime professionals has never been higher. If you want an exciting career where you will prevent and mitigate these global threats, USF will prepare you with the skills you need to be competitive in these high-paying fields.

No matter what your interest or technical expertise, USF has a program designed to fit your career interest


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BS in Cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity Master's Degree

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Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate

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Cybercrime Master's Degree

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Cybersecurity Bachelor of Science

The USF Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, offered by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, is built on a technical foundation of computing and information technology. Students will learn how to ensure online security and protect digital assets, whether it involves personal bank records, state secrets or critical national infrastructures. The major has many highlights that make it a great pathway to a rewarding career:

  • Hands-on courses taught in dedicated labs
  • Some lecture courses taught online
  • 2017 median annual salary for information security analysts was $95,510 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 28% from 2016 to 2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)





Cybersecurity Master’s Degree

The Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary program offered by the USF Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Behavioral and Community Sciences; Business; and Engineering. All courses are online, and most are delivered in a convenient eight-week format that fits into the busy lives of working adults. Students can choose from four concentrations:

  • Computer Security Fundamentals
  • Cyber Intelligence
  • Digital Forensics
  • Information Assurance





Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate

Get the skills to acquire and assess the intentions, capabilities and activities of potential adversaries and insiders who pose a threat. You’ll learn to generate and evaluate courses of action to manage risks, counter vulnerabilities and enhance organizational decision-making. Credits earned in this program can even be applied to the Cybersecurity Master’s Degree in the future. Students can choose from three concentrations:

  • Cyber Intelligence
  • Digital Forensics
  • Information Assurance





Cybercrime Master’s Degree

USF’s new Master’s Degree in Cybercrime blends a traditional criminological foundation with STEM-based skills in the study of high-tech criminal investigations, practices and procedures. This new program is offered by the Department of Criminology and ranked #10 by the Center for World University Rankings. Students gain the tools and methodologies of investigation in a convenient program designed for working professionals:

  • 100% online
  • 30 credit hours
  • No computer science prerequisites





MS in Cybercrime vs. MS or GC in Cybersecurity

The new MS in Cybercrime at USF is designed for criminal investigators, not computer scientists. There are no computer science prerequisites or required courses. You will receive all the computer science training you need within the program.

Students who enter the cybersecurity master’s degree or graduate certificate programs are most likely to be successful if they have academic or work experience in the areas of C/C++ programming, computer networks, operating-system design, algorithms, data structures and computer organization. An undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, MIS or IT is recommended for admission.






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