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Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is an area of vital importance to industry, government institutions and national security. You'll graduate workforce-ready, with skills to succeed in this high-demand field that’s expected to grow even more in the future.

Overview

What is Cybersecurity at WVU like?

Description

Our Cybersecurity major will teach you to recognize issues in cybersecurity and develop your knowledge in data, software, system, human, organizational and societal security. You'll learn ethical aspects and cyber laws related to each of these cybersecurity areas.

Required courses in computer science and computer engineering provide a foundation of fundamental knowledge. You’ll study secure software development and host-based cyber defense, and attacks and countermeasures. Interdisciplinary courses in cryptography, information ethics and cybercrime add a well-rounded perspective on the field.

When you graduate, you’ll be able to:

  • identify current problems and threats in cybersecurity
  • detect and analyze cybersecurity attacks and practice defense strategies against them
  • write secure software
  • analyze networks and network security
  • plan, implement and assess security protection mechanisms in computer systems and networks

At a Glance

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Fast Facts

What makes Cybersecurity at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

In recent years the Department has offered undergraduate opportunities in the areas of:

  • system administration
  • Department of Defense-funded cybersecurity scholarships
  • faculty mentored research on the topics of cybersecurity, digital forensics, human/computer interface, social media, biometrics data acquisition and machine learning

Student work has been sponsored in the summer by SURE undergraduate scholarships.

Student Organizations

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Careers

What can you do with this degree?

This program provides skills in areas such as programming, networking, software development business, different aspects of cybersecurity, criminal justice and cryptography to prepare you for careers in industry, law enforcement and defense.

Demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing rapidly, with industry sources predicting a shortage of over 2 million workers by 2021.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Cybersecurity major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in Cybersecurity at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Cybersecurity major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

CPE 435:
Computer Incident Response

Introduction to computer incident response, forensics, and computer security. Legal basis, proper procedures, and multiple operating systems application.

CS 465:
Introduction to Cybersecurity

Covers the fundamentals of cybersecurity, including encryption, malicious code, authentication and access control, database security, operating system security, and network security. Provides students with a comprehensive overview of the cybersecurity threats, technologies for information assurance, and engineering approaches to build and maintain secure computer systems and networks.

Capstone Projects

Before graduating, all undergraduates in this major complete an academic project (or "capstone") to demonstrate their research, communication and critical thinking skills. Projects in WVU's Cybersecurity major have included:

Cost and Aid

How much does Cybersecurity at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $429
Per Semester $5,148
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,296
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,128
Per Semester $13,536
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,072
International
Per Credit $1,128
Per Semester $13,836
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,672
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Ways to Save

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Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPA and SAT/ACT test score. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Cybersecurity at WVU?

Program Requirements

In addition to meeting WVU's base admission standards, first-time freshmen must also meet one of these admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year:

Engineering Track 1:
  • GPA: 3.00
  • ACT Math: 28
  • SAT Math: 660
Engineering Track 2:
  • GPA: 2.75
  • ACT Math: 26
  • SAT Math: 610
Engineering Track 3:
  • GPA: 2.50
  • ACT Math: 22
  • SAT Math: 540

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University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Cybersecurity major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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