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Undergraduate

Cybersecurity

Assumption’s cybersecurity program offers a technology-based education, using methods in computing and information science, engineering, social science and technology management that also foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the digital information economy.

Cyberspace is a dynamic and evolving ecosystem, with complex, multifaceted networks that connect individuals, organizations and national and international entities.  However, cyberspace’s expansion presents new weaknesses to exploit, making it vulnerable to intrusion and exploitation.  Cyber threats and vulnerabilities have grown exponentially with the explosion of technology and connectedness, affecting individuals, organizations and nations alike.  And while cyber threats and vulnerabilities challenge our economic prosperity, organizational sustainability, and individual identity and privacy, they have also emerged as a leading threat to national security.

The Assumption University Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity offers a technology-based education, using methods in computing and information science, engineering, social science and technology management that also foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the digital information economy.  The faculty, drawn from different areas of expertise in cybersecurity, will engage students in finding solutions to emerging global cyber threats.  At Assumption, a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity will educate the next generation of leaders and architects in cybersecurity, who possess technical expertise and practical training to help secure, develop, and sustain the cyberspace ecosystem.

NSA LogoCybersecurityAssumption University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense through the academic year 2028.

Assumption University Center for Cybersecurity

Assumption University Cybersecurity program graduates will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of computing and information technologies and use software development and security analysis tools to produce effective designs and solutions for specific cybersecurity problems within a variety of computing platforms and employing an approved secure systems development process model;
  • Identify, analyze, and synthesize scholarly and professional literature relating to the fields of cybersecurity, information security, or information assurance, to help solve specific problems and to stay abreast of the rapidly changing security context;
  • Participate as an active and effective member of a project team engaged in achieving specific computer-based cybersecurity results or solutions;
  • Communicate, both orally and in writing, and negotiate with colleagues and other stakeholders including employees, managers, and executives within and between organizations;
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and sound judgment on ethical issues as they arise in cybersecurity and will adhere to accepted norms of professional responsibility;
  • Integrate their technical expertise with knowledge from other disciplines, such as computer science, data analytics, economics, management science, psychology and human factors, to arrive at practical cybersecurity solutions that are effective in real organizations; and
  • Use appropriate tools to prevent, detect, respond, and recover from cyber-attacks.
Program Contact

Raymond T. Albert, Ph.D.

Professor of Practice, Mathematics and Computer Science, Director of Cybersecurity
508-767-7594 Founders Hall - Room 107

100%
All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
Students from 29 states and 21 countries
11:1
Student/Faculty ratio

Program Curriculum

  • The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity comprises 14 required courses: one course in Statistics; three courses in Computer Science; four Cybersecurity Core courses; and six advanced courses in Cybersecurity including an Independent Cybersecurity Project or Internship; the total is 42 semester hours.

    The table below lists the major’s required courses, each marked with a double asterisk (**), arranged in a suggested schedule. Program prerequisite courses are labeled with a tilde (~). Recommended courses are labeled with a plus (+).

    Assumption University core curriculum courses may be taken in almost any semester; see Assumption’s Undergraduate Catalog for details. The major’s required courses also allow some flexibility of scheduling.

    First Year: Fall
    MAT 114 ~Elementary Functions or follow Math Placement
    CSC 117 or CSC 120 **Introduction to Programming, or Statistics Programming
    CYB 115 **Cybersecurity Fundamentals
    Core e.g., ENG 130 or LTE 140
    Core e.g., PHI 100 or THE 100
    First Year: Spring
    ECO 115 **Statistics, or PSY 224, Statistics, or SOC 300 Statistics (in the Fall Semester)
    Free Elective
    CSC 260 +Command Line Interfaces
    Core e.g., LTE 140 or ENG 130
    Core e.g., PHI 150+ or THE 150+
    Second Year: Fall
    CSC/CYB 230 **Networking and Data Communications (Move to third-year if odd year)
    CYB 265 **Operating Systems Administration
    Free Elective
    Core e.g., THE 100 or PHI 100
    Core e.g., HIS 114 (History and Global Awareness)
    Second Year: Spring
    CSC/CYB 235 **Securing Wired and Wireless Networks
    CSC 303 **Operating Systems (Move to third-year if even year)
    CSC 321 **Database Management Systems
    Core e.g., THE 150+ or PHI 150+
    Core e.g., Social Science #1
    Third Year: Fall
    CYB 328 **Computer, Network Forensics and Digital Investigations (Move to fourth-year if even year)
    CYB 318 **Software and Application Security (Move to fourth-year if even year)
    Free Elective
    Core e.g., Fine Art or Music
    Core e.g, Foreign Language
    Third Year: Spring :
    CYB 401 **Preparing for Cyber Disasters (Move to fourth-year if odd year)
    CYB 304 **Cryptography (Move to fourth-year if odd year)
    Free Elective
    Core e.g., HIS/ Social Science #2
    Core e.g., Foreign Language #2 if Necessary
    Fourth Year: Fall
    CYB 338 **Ethical Hacking (Move to a third-year if odd year.)
    Free Elective
    Free Elective
    Core e.g., a second course in LTE or POL
    Core e.g., A third course in PHI or THE
    Fourth Year: Spring
    CYB 438 **Independent Cybersecurity Project or Internship
    Free Elective
    Free Elective
    Free Elective
    Core e.g., PHY 213 for Natural Science

    **Courses marked with (**) are required for the major

     

    Course Descriptions

  • The Cybersecurity Minor consists of six courses, which comprise four required CYB courses, and two courses selected from the Electives list.

    Required Courses (4)
    CYB 115 Cybersecurity Fundamentals
    CSC/CYB 230 Networking and Data Communications
    CSC/CYB 235 Securing Wired & Wireless Networks
    CYB 265 Operating Systems Administration

    Electives (Select 2)
    CSC 303 Operating Systems
    CYB 304 Cryptography
    CYB 318 Software and Application Security
    CSC 321 Database Management Systems
    CYB 328 Computer, Network Forensics & Digital Investigations
    CYB 338 Ethical Hacking
    CYB 401 Preparing for Cyber Disasters
    CYB 438 Independent Cybersecurity Project or Internship

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    Assumption University’s cybersecurity program has achieved “Program of Study” validation. This validation is awarded by the National Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program – which is managed by the NSA – and it means the University’s cybersecurity curricula and its B.S. in Cybersecurity degree meets or exceeds NSA standards in articulating cybersecurity education. In addition, the liberal-arts foundation of the program directly aligns with and supports the following NCAE-C program core values and guiding principles:

    • The Ethical Behavior Core Value: The academic institution must encourage and support ethical behavior by students, faculty, administrators, and professional staff.
    • The Share Core Value: The institution enables an environment in which students, faculty, administrators, professional staff, and practitioners can share, interact, and collaborate with others in the cybersecurity field.
    • The Lead by Example Core Value: The institution demonstrates a commitment to address, engage, and respond to current and emerging cybersecurity issues in the classroom, the institution itself, and outside the institution.

Faculty

Raymond T. Albert, Ph.D.
Director of Cybersecurity Program Professor of Practice, Mathematics and Computer Science Director of Cybersecurity
Giana Battista
Adjunct Faculty/Cybersecurity
Pawan Gupta
Adjunct Faculty/Computer Science
Selvan Snow
Faculty
Peter Sullivan
Adjunct Faculty/Computer Science

Experiential Learning

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

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Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.

Internships

Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more.


Pathway to Success

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 28-percent growth for information security analyst positions, rating the field with “much faster than average” growth.

Analyst Security

Architect Security

Computer Systems Analyst

Cryptanalyst

Cryptographer

Cyber Security Analyst

Cyber Security Engineer

Cyber Security Manager / Administrator

Engineer Security

Information Security Analyst

IT Auditor Network Engineer / Architect

Security Administrator Security

Software Developer Engineer

Systems Administrator

Systems Engineer

Vulnerability Analyst / Penetration Tester

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Assumption University awakens in students a sense of wonder, discovery, and purpose, forming graduates known for their intellectual seriousness, thoughtful citizenship, and devotion to the common good. Students are provided an education that shapes their souls, forms them intellectually, and prepares them for meaningful careers. Enlivened by the harmony of faith and reason, here, students’ minds and hearts are transformed.


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We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.

Career Paths


Assumption University Cybersecurity Program Validated by U.S. National Security Agency

The “Program of Study” validation, awarded by the National Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program – which is managed by the NSA – means the University’s cybersecurity curricula and its B.S. in Cybersecurity degree meets or exceeds NSA standards in articulating cybersecurity education. As a result, Assumption University is on path to becoming only the third NSA-recognized Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) in Massachusetts.

Cybersecurity Career Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 28-percent growth for information security analyst positions, rating the field with “much faster than average” growth. The Bureau reports that the latest median annual wage for analysts is $92,600. The highest concentration of jobs in this industry are found in Mid Atlantic area, including Washington, D.C. CyberSeek.org provides a cybersecurity employment opportunity “heatmap” that depicts over 9,200 open cybersecurity positions on Massachusetts alone and over 300,000 open positions nationally.

Careers in Cybersecurity

Assumption students have many opportunities for career internships through the Career Development & Internship Center. Internships may be paid or unpaid and they offer students valuable, hands-on experience. Establishing a network with professionals and proving one’s abilities often results in job offers and provides invaluable experience.

Emerging Careers and Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals

Assumption is one of only three institutions of higher learning in Massachusetts with a curriculum that complements the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security’s Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense program. The program emphasizes the formation of thoughtful citizens with strong moral character and integrity. Read More

Veterans at Assumption

Assumption University recognizes that servicemen and women have demonstrated great courage and made tremendous sacrifices in service to our nation and its people. The University has introduced a number of programs and services to assist veterans during the application process and while veterans are attending Assumption. We also have a lounge designated only for our veteran students. Assumption University is committed to maintaining recognition as a Military Friendly institution.  We strive to eliminate barriers to success for our Service Members, Veterans, and their qualified dependents.

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