Why study Cybersecurity?

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program at the University of Cincinnati, prepares students to be qualified candidates in one of the fastest growing and rewarding careers in the Information and Cyber Security industry. Students will attain the knowledge by exploring, both, applied theories and the hands-on skillsets of software and hardware security tools to design secure systems and protect enterprise information and network assets. Furthermore, they will gain expertise in investigating computer related crimes and identifying the resources exploited by cybercriminals and terrorists. The curriculum will teach students to apply standards, models and best practices to solve real-world issues and draft security policies to resolve risks and threats of today’s IT infrastructure.

The Cybersecurity program curriculum focuses on practical skills that are necessary for professional cybersecurity opportunities such as:

  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Information Security Personnel
  • Security Operations Center
  • Digital Forensics and incident response
  • Cyber Threat Detection
  • Cyber Risk

*This program is offered on campus and online. Course offerings in the online version of the program are different than the on campus; please check the curriculum maps for when courses are offered.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Successful professionals in cybersecurity are those who are passionate about using computer technology to provide solutions to issues facing individuals, societies and organizations. Cybersecurity professionals must be flexible and innovative in meeting new challenges, and be persistent in finding solutions that meet holistic needs of the security architecture.

Due to the quickly changing nature of technology and the critical importance of cybersecurity in today’s threat landscape, it is important to be a lifelong learner and keep up-to-date on advances in the field. Cybersecurity professionals must develop strong problem-solving, communication, and hands-on skills that they can apply to various career settings.

Information technology careers lead all other careers in projected job growth in this decade, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Cyberseek (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education) shows opportunities for career advancement in the cybersecurity field.

The IT professional is hired by organizations of all sizes in all industries. Positions held by recent graduates in cybersecurity include associate security engineer, cybersecurity analyst, information security analyst, cybersecurity counter measures specialist, information security specialist, security operations center lead, digital forensics and incident response analyst, cyber threat detection analyst, cyber risk consultant, cyber threat hunter, and threat intelligence analyst. Other careers include cybersecurity architect, vulnerability analyst, incident response specialist, intrusion detection specialist, and secure code auditor.

Recent employers include: Worldpay from FIS, General Electric, Kroger Company, Insight, Cincom Systems, Convergys, Duke Energy, Ford Motor Co., General Mills, Sigma Tek, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies, U.S. Bank, and UGS among many others.

A minor in information technology (IT) provides solid knowledge and skills for students who are non-IT majors. The minor program requires the completion of 18 semester hours of IT courses that includes IT1050, Fundamentals of Information Technology. The remaining courses are to be selected by the student and approved by the academic advisor. This flexibility enables students to focus the minor in IT on their personal interests and career goals. All courses must be taken through the School of Information Technology in CECH.

CECH Student Services Center
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
360 Teachers-Dyer Complex
PO Box 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221

The School of Information Technology's was the first Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program in Ohio, and one of the first ten in the nation to receive accreditation from the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology. The School of Information Technology houses the Ohio Cyber Range Institute, and received the National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security designation as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. 

The cybersecurity program is uniquely designed to provide hands-on experience in the core foundation of information technology and cybersecurity. Almost all major courses are hands-on, requiring projects and lab experience. Students participate and complete a two-semester senior design experience, in which they develop a real-life IT solution and present it to the community in the annual IT Expo.

In addition to the unique hands-on experience in the classroom, the cybersecurity program requires five semesters of cooperative education (co-op). Beginning their sophomore year, students alternate semesters of paid work in the IT industry with semesters of classroom instruction. The fulltime paid co-op working experience positions cybersecurity graduates to have over one year of work experience at the time of their graduation, making them highly competitive for career opportunities. The UC co-op program provides local, national and international placement opportunities. 

The cybersecurity program emphasizes problem solving, communication, hands-on skills, innovation and integration in which the technology serves the mission and interest of the users and the organization.

Honors Program—The University of Cincinnati honors program offers small, interactive classes that allow students to receive personalized instruction and to learn more effectively. The honors program enriches the educational experience of top students through course work and out-of-class experiences. Special topics courses allow honors students to broaden their intellectual horizons regardless of the discipline in which they are majoring. Students may also earn honors credit through experiential learning. Incoming freshmen are eligible to be invited to participate.

Student Organizations—To develop professionally and showcase leadership talents, many professional and social organizations exist in the college. In the School of Information Technology, there are two organizations: the Information Technology Student Association (ITSA) and Women in Information Technology (WIT).

Study Abroad—Study-abroad opportunities exist through the UC International Programs office. Students can study anywhere in the world on any type of program as long as they work with UC International Programs, get approval from their academic adviser and bring back a transcript with passing grades from an accredited institution. There are four different types of study-abroad experiences: UC programs, exchange programs, program providers and direct enrollment.

Cooperative Education (co-op)—The five semesters full time paid co-op working experience provides students with unique technical and interpersonal skills that highly prepare them for career opportunities of their choice. Local, regional and international companies in all types of industries and all sizes participate in this program, offering IT students unique opportunities. The income received helps many students graduate debt-free. 

Information Technology Expo (IT Expo)—This annual community event is a unique tradition of the School of Information Technology at UC. Senior students present the IT solution they developed in their senior project to the community in an expo-like environment. Students learn how to communicate the complex technical solution and its impact and value to the public. Faculty, students, and invited guests also present research at the symposium. Projects are judged by local industry and each year, multiple awards are presented.  

In order to graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain the required university grade point average for the program.
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Meet the college's residency requirement of 30 semester credit hours.
  • File formal application for the degree by the posted graduation deadline for the semester

Admission to this program is generally available for students transferring to the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.75 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined).

Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined)

PLEASE NOTE: If a potential student is interested in this major and does not meet these minimum standards, please contact the CECH Office of Recruitment to discuss a more holistic approach to the admission process.

Admission to this program is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges of the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.75 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined).

Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined)

Current UC students wishing to transfer into the program should contact the CECH Student Services Center at (513) 556-2336 or email.

The information technology program welcomes international students. Admission requirements are the same as university admission requirements for international students and the equivalent of the freshmen and transfer requirements of the program.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester


  • Application Deadline:
    • Early Action: December 1*
    • Final: March 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: May 1

* Your application must be complete by this date in order to be considered for scholarships and the Honors Program.


  • Application Deadline: July 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Aug. 1

Spring Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Dec. 1

Summer Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: April 1
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

CECH Office of Recruitment
PO Box 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0014
(513) 556-6308

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Program Code: 18BC-CYBER-BS