Prepare for In-Demand Technology Careers

Prevent and Respond to Cybersecurity Threat

Trained technology professionals are in high demand, and a career in cybersecurity can put you on the path to success. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information technology occupations are expected to increase by 13 percent through 2026, a rate that’s faster than the national average of job growth for all occupations. The online cybersecurity degree from Bethel University can prepare you with the skills and experience employers want, qualifying you for a variety of lucrative and rewarding careers.

This program is designed to train graduates to meet the cybersecurity needs of organizations in financial, educational, corporate and government settings. With a rigorous curriculum that provides a deep understanding of key topics in computer systems, cyberlaw, policy creation and compliance, it combines industry best practices with real-world application. Upon graduation, several of our courses will prepare you to sit for the following certification tests: CompTIA Network+ (CSC 230), CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) (CSC 255), ISC2 CISSP (CSC 265), CompTIA Security+ (CSC 315 and 245), CompTIA Linux+ (CSC 355), CompTIA Penetration+ (CSC 415) and Ethical Hacker EC-Council (CSC 345, 415 and 445).

Our online cybersecurity degree is taught by expert instructors with years of relevant experience. Because the program is delivered fully online, it provides you with a convenient learning format that allows you to study on your schedule and balance work and academic commitments. As an accelerated course of study, this program can be completed in two years.



Bethel University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 06/30/2024
Credit Hours: 120
Cost/Credit: 465
Transfer Credits: Up to 90
Est. Completion Time: 2-3 Years
Accreditation: HLC

Course Requirements

All of Bethel's degrees are a balance of a liberal arts foundation with the expertise of a specific field of study, all of which point to a well-rounded graduate upon completion. This space is aimed to help provide an overview of the expected courses for this degree.

  • General Education (36 Credits)

    General education courses offer an introduction to the arts and sciences within a college setting. Through this comprehensive course of study, students will gain appreciation for a broad range of subjects and build the skills necessary to succeed in higher education. Thirty-six credit hours are required of general education courses.

  • Electives (36 Credits)

    Electives allow students to dive deeper into a wide range of subjects and provide the opportunity to tailor a course of study based on interests and academic goals. Students are required to earn 36 credit hours of electives.

    • Students may transfer credit from other accredited institutions, provided the courses are equivalent to required Bethel courses and the student earned a grade of C or better.
    • CLEP testing is available for select courses.
  • Major Courses (48 Credits)

    • CYSC 110 Introduction to Cyber Security
    • CYSC 245 Computer and Systems Security
    • CYSC 255 Principles of Cybersecurity
    • CYSC 265 Management of Cybersecurity
    • CYSC 315 Principles of Cyber Defense
    • CYSC 335 Cybercrime, Law, and Ethics
    • CYSC 345 Network Defense and Countermeasures
    • CYSC 355 Linux Operating Systems and Security
    • CYSC 397 Cybersecurity Internship
    • CYSC 415 Penetration Testing
    • CYSC 425 Network Forensics
    • CYSC 435 Incident Response and Contingency Planning
    • CYSC 445 Advanced Cyber Defense
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Admission Requirements

Undergraduate programs require:
  • Submit your official transcripts (directly from the institution to Bethel) from all undergraduate work. If you have completed less than 30 credit hours, also submit your official high school or GED transcript
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Show proficiency by either submitting your official SAT or ACT scores, completing a college-level English or math course or taking Bethel’s placement tests

Tuition and Fees

Bethel has long been touted for its value. We were ranked No. 2 on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck-Midwest list, listed as one of the 50 Best Value Christian Colleges, and have made it to the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities-Midwest” list for fifteen consecutive years.

**Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to ten semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.

Payment Plan

The college has a monthly installment plan available through Nelnet Campus Commerce. Enrollment can be completed online by accessing the student billing link through MyBethel or by calling 800.609.8056. Students will be charged an enrollment fee of $40.

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Financial Aid

Bethel University is committed to ensuring that all our students receive an affordable education.
We offer financial aid based on need, and military benefits and are proud to offer extraordinarily competitive tuition rates.
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To learn more about your financial aid options or submit a FAFSA, please see our Financial Aid page.
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Career Outcomes

Our online bachelor’s in cybersecurity can open doors to new and exciting professional opportunities such as the following careers. Career information is from

  • Information Security Analyst

    These cybersecurity professionals plan and implement security strategies to protect an organization’s computer networks and data systems. They might use data encryption programs, firewalls and penetration testing to protect sensitive information. The median annual salary for this role is $95,510.

  • Computer Network Architect

    Computer network architects are responsible for designing and building communication networks for organizations. They also research the latest in networking technology and security to identify the best hardware and software to reach business goals. The median annual salary for computer network architects is $104,650.

  • Database Administrator

    A database administrator’s primary role is to use specialized software to store and organize data, including customer information and financial data. They prevent data loss and identify ways to keep information secure. The median annual salary for these professionals is $87,020.

  • Computer Systems Analyst

    Computer systems analysts, also known as systems architects, identify and execute technology solutions to help organizations operate efficiently and securely. They combine business skills with IT knowledge to create customized computer systems. The median annual salary for this role is $88,270.

Benefits of Learning Online

An online degree can open doors to your career while allowing you to study in a convenient, affordable format.
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