As the world becomes more reliant on internet-based technologies, there is high demand for professionals trained in information security. Roosevelt’s Bachelor of Science in Cyber and Information Security program is designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Enter this growing industry led by Roosevelt’s cutting-edge curriculum.
Roosevelt University's Cyber and Information Security program stresses a solid technical foundation while simultaneously emphasizing the social, political and economic realities of cybersecurity and cyber conflict. Students learn to appreciate the human history, contextual reality and expected future of cybersecurity, even as the technology with which they work evolves and develops — sometimes in unexpected ways — during their program of study at Roosevelt. In this way, students graduate well-prepared to enter the workforce as leaders and decision-makers.
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 cybersecurity activities in and out of the classroom and through our Center for Cyber and Information Security, under the guidance of certified cybersecurity professionals. 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.
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.
To enable high-achieving and motivated students to earn both a bachelor degree and a graduate degree in Cyber Security & Information Assurance in five years, we offer a combined Cyber Security & Information Assurance, BS/MS Accelerated Program.
Our faculty members are active professional teachers and researchers, who serve as advisors on research projects and an award-winning Cyber Club, as well as provide career mentoring with years of real-world expertise.
Career relevant credentialing is embedded in the BS program.
Roosevelt's downtown Chicago campus is surrounded by hundreds of companies rife with information security career opportunities.
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, cyber defense programming, security fundamentals, 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.
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.
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.
“My experience with Roosevelt’s Cyber Security program has been a meaningful one. The faculty members support students and help us achieve our goals. The hands-on approach to learning including the Cyber Security Club, cyber competitions and preparation for industry certifications have given me the necessary skills and confidence for a career in cyber security.”