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Combined Degree: Information Technology B.S. and Cybersecurity M.S.

Grand Valley State University combined degree programs offer students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree, meeting their unique personal, academic, and career goals. Pursuing a combined degree program can reduce the cost and total time required to complete both a bachelor's and a master's degree.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

An information technology specialist assumes responsibility for selecting hardware and software products appropriate for an organization, and installing, customizing, securing, and maintaining those applications for users. Cybersecurity is designed to help computing professionals expand their knowledge in the cybersecurity area, creating opportunities for advancement in the field. It will build skills to recognize, prepare for, defend against, and investigate current and future threats.

Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the program and obtain both the B.S. in information technology and M.S. in cybersecurity within the accelerated time frame.

Students apply directly to the School of Computing and Information Systems for the combined program during their second academic year. Application requirements include:

  • Overall GPA of 3.25 or greater
  • Admission to the undergraduate information technology program
  • 60 hours of academic credit completed or in progress
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Academic transcripts
  • Letter of intent

Why Pursue a Combined Degree at Grand Valley?

  • A theoretical foundation and practical experience offer excellent preparation for the job market and valuable experience.
  • By focusing on the underlying principles behind cybersecurity, our program prepares students to handle future cybersecurity challenges in addition to today's threats.
  • All graduate faculty members hold doctorate degrees.
  • There are opportunities for collaboration with faculty members on ongoing research.
  • The School of CIS has its own dedicated state-of-the-art computer labs for hands-on learning.
  • Accelerate your career trajectory and complete your degrees one step ahead of the competition.

Helpful Links

For More Information

The Graduate School

gvsu.edu/gs
318C DeVos Center
401 W. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 331-7105
gradschool@gvsu.edu

Location & Format

All undergraduate students begin their academic career at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus; classes for graduate students in this major meet downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Format: Hybrid

Coursework

Students admitted to this program will count up to 12 credits of graduate work in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the undergraduate degree.

Certain courses may count towards both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. Students are encouraged to meet with their graduate program director to ensure all requirements are met.

Career Options

There is a strong demand for professionals in this field. Numerous job opportunities are available, including:

  • Information security manager
  • Cybersecurity engineer
  • Cyber forensics analyst
  • Cybersecurity architect
  • IT security auditor