There is a critical shortage of cyber security analysts and technicians to fill the 50,000 shortage in cyber security jobs within the Federal Government, most of these within the Washington D.C. Metropolitan region. This new BAS concentration in Cyber Security is in collaboration with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC). It allows students and IT workers who have completed an AAS in Cyber Security or an AAS in Information Systems Technology, with a Cyber Security Career Studies Certificate at the community college, to complete a Bachelor’s degree and start a cyber security career with the requisite skills designed to “hit-the-ground-running”.
Some facts about this concentration:
- Builds on NVCC’s and LFCC’s Cyber Security program that has received DHS/NSA Center of Academic Excellence designation
- Builds hard skills recognized by the NIST National Initiative for Cyber Security Education as requisite for cyber security workers
- Offers online classes to complete the program from anywhere.
- Offers a capstone course which provides experiential-based activities to put learned skills into practice.
In order to be eligible for the BAS in Cyber Security, students must meet the following criteria:
- Earned an AAS in Cyber Security or an AAS in Information Systems Technology, with a Cyber Security Career Studies Certificate, from Northern Virginia Community College or Lord Fairfax Community College.
- Be 25 years or older (or petition the Admissions Committee for consideration.)
- Meet the University English Language Proficiency requirement
- Have completed the following courses at the community college:
- ITN 261
- ITN 262
- ITN 263
- 2 from: (ITN 267, ITN 276, ITN 277)
- ITP 100
- ITP elective
- ITN 106
- ITN 200
- ITN 170 or ITN 171
In addition to the courses listed above, students may choose to take additional courses at the community college which will transfer to Mason and meet program requirements. Recommendations can be found on the BAS Cyber Security Transfer Guide. Students should also utilize the Patriot Advising Transfer Help Engine and the other tools available via OASIS. Specific questions regarding the applicability of transfer credits can be directed to the academic advisor.
Students should consult with their community college advisor to ensure their plan of study meets their AAS program requirements.
Students pursuing the Cyber Security concentration full-time can generally complete the program in two years. Your exact plan of study will depend on a number of factors, including the amount of transfer credit you receive. The required courses can be viewed here. Students should meet with their academic advisor at least once per semester to ensure they are on track. A two-year sample schedule is available, as well as degree completion planning form.