The University System offers cyber-defense related curriculum at both the graduate and undergraduate levels through American Military University and American Public University. Students can choose from multidisciplinary degrees, concentrations, and certificate programs related to cyber defense, information security, information assurance, cybersecurity, national security, and digital forensics.

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated APUS as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C). This designation followed a review of the B.S. in Cybersecurity program.

Undergraduate Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity with concentrations in:
    • Critical Infrastructure
    • Digital Forensics
    • General
    • Privacy and Surveillance
    • Wireless and Mobile Security
  • Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security
  • Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies with Cyber concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Security Management with concentrations in:
    • Government Security
    • Information Security
  • Counterintelligence
  • Cybercrime Essentials
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Forensics
  • Foundations of Homeland Security
  • Homeland Security
  • Information Security Planning
  • Information Systems Security Essentials
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • IT Infrastructure Security
  • Security Management
  • Terrorism Studies


Graduate Programs

  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity Studies
  • Master of Science in Information Technology with concentrations in:
    • Digital Forensics          
    • Information Assurance and Security
  • M.B.A. with Information Technology Management concentration with courses in:
    • Computer Forensics   
    • Computer Networks and Data Systems   
    • Telecommunications and Network Security   
    • Intrusion Detection and Incident Handling   
    • Information Assurance   
    • Information Security Management
  • Master of Arts in Homeland Security with Cyber concentration
  • Master of Arts in Intelligence Studies with concentrations in:
    • Cyber
    • Intelligence Studies  
  • Master of Arts in National Security Studies with Cyber concentration
  • Doctor of Global Security (DGS)
  • Doctor of Strategic Intelligence (DSI)   
  • Advanced Cybersecurity/Cybercrime
  • Cybercrime 
  • Cyber Intelligence  
  • Digital Forensics
  • Information Assurance
  • Information Systems Security  

 Next Steps

New students seeking information about cybersecurity education should contact the university's admissions team to learn more about the cybersecurity path that is right for you.
Current students interested in changing their major to a cybersecurity program should contact an academic advisor for assistance.

If you have specific questions about the life of a cybersecurity professional, speak to one of your instructors. Your faculty members work in the field of cybersecurity and can provide the view as a practitioner. You will see them sharing this information in their introductions, the discussion forums, and in their response to your assignments. Please take the opportunity to reach out to them for direct advice about life as a cybersecurity professional.

Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS)
The National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program has validated that the American Public University System courseware meets all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standards for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011 and System Administrators (SA), CNSSI No. 4013 Entry Level.

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