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Combined Degree: Cybersecurity, B.S. and 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

Cybersecurity is focused on protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data, information, and computer systems. It includes how to recognize risks, implement security measures, test, investigate attacks, and defend. Graduates possess the combination of knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to defend an organization's information systems from a wide variety of internal and external threats.

Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the program and obtain both a B.S. and M.S. in cybersecurity within the accelerated time frame. Students apply directly to the School of Computing and Information Systems for the combined B.S./M.S. program during their second academic year. Application requirements include:

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

Why Pursue a Cybersecurity 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.

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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.

The 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 cybersecurity professionals. Numerous job opportunities are available, including:

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