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Cybersecurity at Adrian College

The threat to individuals, companies, and governments has never been greater or more constant. Our program in Cybersecurity is designed to give students the skills to keep them safe in a digital world and advance into well-paid careers.

The median salary in this field is over $90,000 and entry-level positions start above $60,000. This is a fast-growing career with nearly zero unemployment. 

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Developed with Fortune 500

We consulted leading faculty, experts, and companies in the field to develop this program so you won't be learning from an outdated textbook.

Median Salary of $90,000+

According to Burning Glass, cybersecurity professionals earn a median salary of $90,757. 

Hybrid Learning Options

Specialty courses in this program are available in synchronous or asynchronous options, allowing for more flexible class schedules while still on campus.

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Program Details

Information on what you'll learn, how the degree is built, and the careers that are possible after graduation.

Why Cybersecurity Matters

Our modern world is built on technology, and that technology has become vulnerable as hacking has become more automated and profitable. This cybersecurity program consists of two fundamental focuses.

The first is cyber threats, how to identify, neutralize, and prevent them from happening at both personal and corporate scales.

The second focus is fundamental IT skills. These are important because at many companies, the role of cybersecurity and IT is rolled into one job or function and so these skills are necessary in helping graduates succeed in the workforce.

Faculty Contributors

Randy Rovesti - Randy is a professor of IT and Cybersecurity at Penn State, as well as an Engineering Manager at the Naval Nuclear Laboratory, where he focuses on both physical and cyber security systems. His expertise on both the academic and professional side of cybersecurity made him uniquely qualified to be the primary designer of the Cybersecurity program. 

Dr. Charles Severance, University of Michigan - Dr. Charles Severance holds a PhD in Computer Science from Michigan State University. He is the former Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation, and one of the world’s leading online CS educators. His contributions and curriculum form the basis of our programming curriculum

Alexey Malashkevich - Alexey is a highly respected engineer and engineering manager with strong experience in building cloud-based financial technology systems. His skill in building engineering teams gives him particular insight into the skills most valuable in today’s technology workforce. Alexey is the former CEO of Agile Code - a software development firm - and has 20 years of experience bringing software products to market.

In addition to Alexey, we consulted with two Cybersecurity experts who asked not to be named here due to the highly sensitive and public nature of their roles.

How does this degree align with the real world?

We consulted cybersecurity experts and Fortune 500 companies during the creation of this curriculum, and therefore it's designed to help students meet the entry-level job needs of both small and large companies alike.

Students who complete this curriculum will not only be prepared for a career as a cybersecurity professional, they will also be well positioned to obtain a number of certifications which will increase their employability, including Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and Certified Forensic Examiner.

Career Outlook

Like all of our innovative degree programs, this one targets a high-paying, fast-growing, and low-unemployment industry. Cybersecurity professionals have a zero percent unemployment rate at a median salary of $90,757. 

Job titles can include: 

  • Information Security Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Information Security Manager

Curriculum Highlights

You'll take programs like Cybercrime and Governance, Modern Cybersecurity, Cyber Forensics, and the Ethical Hacking Capstone.

  • Math Required: Standard College requirements
  • Hardest Class: Capstone. This course serves as the culmination of all of your work and is the most rigorous. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions about Cybersecurity.

No, but you may need one to get hired, and having a degree in Cybersecurity provides a massive advantage in earning potential and salary. People with a bachelor’s degree also have a 50% lower rate of unemployment, and on average they make an additional $630,000 to $900,000 over their lifetime, even more in high-growth fields like this one.

By taking our program, you’ll be more than ready for the Certified Computer Forensics Examiner, Certified Ethical Hacker, and Certified Information Systems Security Professional certifications. These will play a HUGE role in differentiating you from other candidates employers are considering!

Yes! The only way to make sure our program gives you the skills you need to get hired and teaches you to work through real-world problems that actually matter is to partner with the people out there who are actually doing it. Our collaboration with Fortune 500 companies and subject matter experts means that their multi-billion-dollar expertise is reflected in everything you’ll study here. 

Cybersecurity is huge, and our graduates can take their coveted skills in any direction they’re interested in. If you favor a more generalist approach, you may focus on information technology. If you’ve always been interested in hacking, you may want to land a job in preventing digital security breaches. As a cybersecurity grad, the high-paying possibilities available to you across industries are essentially endless. 

A flipped classroom is one where the focus is not on lectures, but on discussion, projects, and problem-solving. Students in flipped classrooms get the chance for more instructor feedback, and as a result have been found to learn much, much faster.

If you enjoy creative problem solving, if you like working on the cutting edge of technology, if you are looking for a degree that opens a ton of doors to different high-growth careers, if you are curious about how things work, and if you’re looking for a way to take part in bringing about a more secure future, you should consider this major.  

Flexibility. Optional Synchronous means our Supply Chain courses can be attended together at one time with other students, or on your own schedule. Many students prefer the learning that comes with live interactions, while other students love the flexibility of doing them whenever they fit into their schedule. 

This major is part of an exclusive partnership between Adrian College and Rize Education, which means you’ll be learning with students from your campus, as well as students from a selective consortium of schools across the country. The goal is to help you begin building a national network of people in your industry before you’ve even graduated. 

Not at all! In fact, recent research shows our “language brain” is more important to programming ability than our “math brain.” So rest assured that, no matter how good (or bad) you are with math, cybersecurity could be the subject for you to earn an incredible salary.