Cybersecurity & Networking

A degree in Cybersecurity & Networking prepares you with an understanding of technology, security and networking skills through courses designed and taught by industry professionals. With jobs in Cybersecurity & Networking expected to grow by 28% in the next 10 years, a this degree is an investment in your future.

At UC, You Can

This degree program, designed and taught by faculty and industry professionals, gives you a broad background in both technology security as well as basic networking skills during the first three years of study, and then allows you to develop a focus area, which serves as a major. The focus area provides you with specific skills in a variety of suggested areas which will lead to a range of diverse careers using technology and security in industry.

This program is IT focused but security driven. You'll learn the ins and outs of hardware and software, including programming languages such as Java, Python, and C++, with a security focus. You will be prepared to ensure the network safety needs of modern corporations.

image of University College student in cybersecurity & networking program. This cybersecurity degree program provides the opportunity to study aspects of computing and technology. This cybersecurity training program allows for a broad background in technology security as well as basic networking skills, and then allows you to develop a focus area which serves as a major, including a networking major.

How You'll Get There 

At UC, we support you on your individual path. Whether you are just starting out or picking up where you left off, we work with you to accomplish your goals. As you work with our faculty, each respected in their field, you'll build lasting connections that open doors to your success.

You'll receive one-on-one guidance from your advisor each step of the way. You may take advantage of our prior learning assessment, applying transfer credit, trainings and assessments, military experience, work experience, and self-taught skills toward your degree. 

You NeedYou Don't Need
  • Some experience in software and hardware
  • Official transcripts from high school, college
  • entrance exams
  • SAT/ACT scores 
  • pre-requisites 
  • admissions essay
  • application fee 
  • GPA requirements

Sample Courses

Digital law
Law for Networking, Security, and Forensic Professionals 
Mobile
Mobile Device Forensics
Database
Database Design and Implementation 

Bachelor & Associate Degree Options

This degree program, designed by faculty and industry professionals, which provides students with the opportunity to study aspects of computing and technology related to TCP/ IP networking, telecommunication, and computer security. 

This program focuses on hands-on knowledge of computers, routers, switches, and other technologies as a basis for study and adds a security focus to provide insight into the technology needs of modern corporations who deal with both hacking, internal threats, error and audit as part of the IT specialization.

      24 required courses 
      10 core courses 
+    6 electives                     
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      40 courses (120 credits)

See Degree Requirements

Common Add-On Certificates

You can easily add this professional certificates to your degree without taking any additional classes. A professional certificate allows you to earn your degree one step at a time, adding credentials to your resume along the way.

This professional certificate program prepares students to take the next step in their career by gaining essential knowledge in the rapidly growing field of digital forensics.  The course was designed with security and forensics professionals in mind.

5 required courses = 15 credits 

See Certificate Details

Flexible Options to Suit Your Schedule 

You may complete this entire program online, from anywhere, on your own schedule. Depending on the needs and interests of our students, we also offer in-person courses to bring your learning to life through face-to-face discussion. Our hybrid on-line and in-person courses give you the best of both worlds. Your advisor will help you determine which path is best for you.

Your Career

Careers in cybersecurity are expected to grow by 28% in the next 10 years, significantly more than the average 6%. UC's Cybersecurity and Networking program is IT oriented but security driven and provides students with a diverse and competitive resume for this highly sought-after field. 

While career outlooks depend on candidate experience and specific employer requirements, the table below reflects median salaries in the following potential positions*

JobWhat You DoWhat You NeedAverage Salary
Computer Network Architect Design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Intranets.Bachelor's Degree$109,020
Information Security Analyst Plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems.Bachelor's Degree$102,470
Network AdministratorResponsible for the day-to-day operation of computer networks.Bachelor's Degree$92,410
Computer Network Support SpecialistAnalyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system.Bachelor's Degree$68,490

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Job outlook: 2018-2028. Average salary: 2018

Individualized Support, More Affordable

At University College, you get the individualized attention of a private university at a more affordable cost. There are multiple options for financial aid, scholarships, and accelerated paths to get you to the degree you need. Some programs run by Roger Williams are awarded by simply applying for admission, while others are awarded to students through a more formal aid application process.

To ensure full consideration for all aid programs, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Tuition Costs & Fees: A valuable education you can afford
  • Financing Your Education: Filling out the FAFSA
  • Do You Live in Central Falls, Cranston or Pawtucket? Ask about RWU's lower-cost tuition agreements for residents of these communities.
  • Military: We can help you navigate the application process for tuition assistance, GI Bill benefits, and other tuition benefits, which include waived application fee and discounted tuition rates for service members and spouses, as well as financial aid.
  • Employers & Municipalities: Many employers, including municipalities, will reimburse tuition costs. Ask your HR team for details about your benefits.

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Questions? Meet Jana

Everyone has questions.

Our Pathway Specialist, Jana O'Connell, has answers. Call her at (401) 254-5406 or email joconnell@rwu.edu