Combined Degree: Cybersecurity, B.S. and M.S.
Grand Valley State University combined degree programs offer current
qualified undergraduate 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.
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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 Master's degree will enhance the student's 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 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 Computing 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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Location & Format
All undergraduate students begin their academic career at the Grand
Campus; classes for graduate students in this major are a combination
of online and in-seat on the Robert C. Pew Grand
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 classes 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.
Students apply directly to the School of Computing for the combined B.S./M.S. program during their second academic year. Visit the online catalog for more information about admission requirements for the combined bachelor of science in computer science and master of science in cybersecurity.