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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 can reduce the cost and total time required to complete both.

Visit the program website for more information.

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Program Overview

Cybersecurity is focused on protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data, information, and computer systems. Graduates possess the knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to defend an organization's system from a wide variety of internal and external threats. The cybersecurity Master's program adds additional depth, creating further opportunities for advancement in the field. The Masters degree will enhance the students skills to recognize, prepare for, defend against, analyze, and investigate current and future 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 program during their second academic year. 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.

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.

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

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