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Combined Degree: Computer Science 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 can reduce the cost and total time required to complete both.

Visit the program website for more information.

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Program Overview

The computer science major provides students with the foundations and experience to succeed in computing fields. The cybersecurity program is designed to help professionals expand their knowledge in the cybersecurity area, creating opportunities for advancement in the field. Students will build skills to recognize, prepare for, defend against, and investigate current and future threats. The combined program will best prepare students to develop new Cybersecurity tools and techniques.

Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the program and obtain both the B.S. in computer science 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 computer science 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.

Location & Format

All undergraduate students begin their academic career at the Grand Valley Allendale Campus; classes for graduate students in this major are a combination of online and in-seat on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.



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

Skills Employers Want


The M.S. in Cybersecurity degree at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings.

  • Cybersecurity
  • Vulnerability
  • Risk Analysis
  • Risk Management
  • Operating Systems
  • Auditing
  • Agile Software Development
  • New Product Development
  • Systems Engineering
  • Security Requirements Analysis

Source: EMSI, 2020

For More Information

School of Computing and Information Systems

Andrew Kalafut, Ph.D., Program Director
C-2-100 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-2060