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Protect Your Future with a Degree in Cybersecurity

As the world operates increasingly in cyberspace, the threat from hackers and viruses multiplies.
South Carolina State University is proud to offer a new cybersecurity degree program. Housed within our esteemed Computer Science and Mathematics Department, our cybersecurity undergraduate degree fulfills the growing demand for experts in this field to serve in a wide variety of jobs in areas such as government, commerce, and education.

Our degree in cybersecurity will prepare you to protect and investigate these hazards for the private and public sector via both theoretical knowledge and hands-on training.

Cybersecurity by the Numbers

Student-to-faculty ratio in cybersecurity undergraduate degree courses
Growth of jobs with a cybersecurity degree over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years to complete our degree in cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Degree Program Highlights

Method of Instruction

  • Face-to-face

South Carolina State’s degree in cybersecurity combines theoretical foundations with practical experience. Benefits of our exciting new offering include:

Ample hands-on learning experiences

SC State cybersecurity undergraduate degree students have the opportunity to put their learning into action through faculty-led research, competitions and hackathons, apprenticeship and internships programs, student clubs, and much more. When you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and experience to thrive in jobs with a cybersecurity degree.

A designation as a leading cybersecurity degree program

SC State's Center of Excellence in Cyberscurity has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency Center. This honor means that SC State is a leader in helping increase the understanding of cyber defense technology, policy, and practices—all in an effort to prevent and respond to cybersecurity events. You’ll also benefit from this designation as you’re considering jobs with a cybersecurity degree.

Check out the Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity

A unique partnership with IBM

At SC State, you’ll have access to evolving technology and personnel in the growing field of protecting information through our collaboration with IBM. Through this partnership, our undergraduate degree in cybersecurity students are able to access multiple software as a service (SaaS) models in the IBM cloud, take part in real-world simulation cyberattacks, and consult with leaders in the field. 

What Can You Do with a Cybersecurity Degree?

Prospects for jobs with a cybersecurity degree are endless, with every government and private entity having an online presence. Given the high demand for the skills you’ll develop in our cybersecurity degree program, expect to hit the ground running post-graduation—especially when you take part in our registered apprenticeship program in collaboration with top technology companies within the industry and in South Carolina.

As you’re considering the question, “what can you do with a cybersecurity degree?”, know that salary expectations continue to be strong for jobs with a cybersecurity degree. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for cybersecurity professionals is $102,600 per year.

Cybersecurity careers

Jobs with a cybersecurity degree are also expected to grow by 35% over the next 10 years. So, what can you do with a cybersecurity degree from SC State? Our graduates can expect to go on to pursue careers as:

  • Cybersecurity engineers
  • Cybersecurity architects
  • Information technology specialists
  • Principal technical managers

What You Will Study in Cybersecurity

Our cybersecurity undergraduate degree program helps you develop the theoretical knowledge needed to understand threat prevention and investigation. We also go beyond establishing a computing and quantitative background to prepare you for the most jobs with cybersecurity degrees possible.

Throughout our cybersecurity degree program, you’ll master skills while going hands-on in areas such as securing networks, systems, and data; planning and developing security solutions; and performing analysis on where a given security vulnerability lies.

Check out the Cybersecurity Curriculum

Learn about Cybersecurity Courses

Gain even more hands-on opportunities through SC State’s apprenticeship program

We also offer a unique apprenticeship program that offers a true applied-learning opportunity for cybersecurity undergraduate degree students. In this registered program, in collaboration with ISHPI Information Technologies, Integer Technologies, and a consortium of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the state, we bring researchers together to innovate tomorrow’s cybersecurity solutions while providing you with unprecedented networking opportunities.

Learn more about Cybersecurity Apprenticeships

What Cybersecurity Students Are Saying

Jordan Brown
“The software and courses that IBM has brought to SC State has helped both my academic and professional career tremendously. I had the honor of earning an IBM Data Science Practitioner’s and Design Thinking Badge through the partnership here on campus.”
Jordan Brown, B.S. Computer Science ’22 

Visit the Department of Computer Science & Mathematics