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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Major

Cybersecurity is among the fastest-growing career paths. Through the Center for Cyber and Information Security, the CIS program prepares students for a variety of careers in corporations and governmental law enforcement and defense organizations. Beyond information technology careers, this program can lead to work in computer forensics, fraud investigation, intelligence, terrorism and crime analysis. Students earn multiple professional certifications en route to degree completion.

As an NSA/DHS recognized Center of Academic Excellence, Roosevelt's program in Cyber and Information Security delivers a cutting edge combination of fundamentals and hands-on classes in a comprehensive program designed to prepare students for employment in the this exciting and expanding field. Students will learn and engage in cyber security activities in and out of the classroom and our cyber security center under the guidance of certified cybersecurity professionals.

The program is designed to give each graduate a portfolio of cybersecurity experiences and achievements in addition to their Bachelor of Science degree. Each student is assisted in community outreach, cyber security research, and cybersecurity competitions where they sharpen collaborative skills. Students and faculty attend conferences and speakers regularly come to campus.

What Differentiates Us

Unparalleled Location

Unparalleled Location

Downtown Chicago campus is surrounded by hundreds of companies with information security career opportunities.

Real-World Credentials

Real-World Credentials

Career relevant credentialing is embedded in the BS program.



Hybrid course structure with small class sizes.

Expectations & Requirements


Competencies are set by the NSA Centers of Academic Excellence Standards. Graduates of the CIS program will master programming languages, software reverse engineering, operating system theory, networking, cell and mobile technologies, discrete math algorithms, cyber defense programming, security fundamental principles, identifying vulnerabilities, and legal issues.

Courses contain real-world, hands-on application assignments. Students may complete an internship. Career mentoring will be offered by field professionals and other faculty.  

Sample Courses

  • Advanced Cryptography
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cyber Law & Ethics
  • Advanced Digital Forensics


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of growth for jobs in information security is projected at 18%, a much faster rate than the average for all other occupations.

Entry-Level Information Security Analysts can expect to earn an average of $64K annually. Total cash earnings of Entry-Level Information Security Analysts range from $44K on the low end to $90K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $9K and $7K, respectively. 

More Opportunities

Through the Roosevelt University Cyber Security Center, students engage in a full range of extracurricular activities. The Cyber Club meets regularly, participates in regional and national hacking competitions, and hosts a speaker series where professionals active in the cyber and data science fields from across the country speak to students about the state of the profession and provide career readiness advice. The Cyber Security Center’s Advisory Board offers opportunities for career mentorship, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities. For more information on the Cyber Security Center, please contact Eric Berkowitz, Cyber Security Center Director, at eberkowitz@roosevelt.edu.


Eric Berkowitz

“The NSA certification establishes our program as a leader in providing the latest in education, training and opportunities for those seeking careers in the dynamic field of cyber defense. It shows we meet the criteria that NSA believes will be needed to successfully protect the information of government agencies, companies, organizations, institutions, communities and all Americans.”

Eric Berkowitz
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director, Center for Cyber Security, Roosevelt University