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Cybersecurity Degree

Cybersecurity students undergo a rigorous program including both theoretical and hands on learning that equips them with the cybersecurity skills and knowledge expected by both industry and higher education institutions. With courses focused on developing strong technical and analytical problem solving skills, the Cybersecurity graduates can expect to become active members of the cybersecurity community that is in great demand today.  Some of the areas in which Cybersecurity majors can expect to work are:

  • Network Security

  • Secure Software Development

  • Information Security

  • Digital Forensics




Why a B.S. Degree in Cybersecurity?

Through a combination of rigorous theoretical and practical hands on learning, the Cybersecurity degree will allow you to develop skills that are in high demand. Organizations, both government and industrial, are facing increasing threats to their IT systems and require well trained professionals who can help them operate securely. Skills learned in the Cybersecurity program will equip you with capabilities to investigate and assess threats, as well as plan and develop security counter-measures to keep the IT systems safe.




Photo of Holman LibraryAbout the Cybersecurity Major


Cybersecurity degree emphasizes development of analytic and problem solving skills to evaluate and summarize the fundamental cybersecurity concepts, theories and strategies.  Additionally, they are prepared to recommend technical and non-technical security solutions on various cyber systems, interpret and apply cyber incident response plans, and assess risks, vulnerabilities and threats to cyber systems.  They obtain the necessary theoretical background required to pursue further education and advanced degrees.  With a major in Cybersecurity students should expect employment in both the industrial sector and with government agencies.





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McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you will get here. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.



Program Highlights


  • Dedicated faculty and in-depth coursework ensure you have the strong technical foundation you need to succeed and adapt in a growing workforce.

  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon and Sigma Zeta Honor Societies give you the chance to present your own research findings at national conferences.

  • Compete on McKendree's 117th Regiment Cyber Defense Team in regional competitions that feature student groups managing and protecting a mock commercial network against a red team of  "hackers" who try to take it down.

  • Network with computing alums and participate in McKendree’s Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery.

  • Gain hands-on network administration experience as a student worker in the Department of Computing’s student lab.



Photo of McKendree Seal MarkerInternship Opportunities

Internship opportunities exist with a number of major corporations and agencies, including:


  • Scottrade
  • Anheuser-Busch

  • AT&T

  • Centene Corporation

  • Monsanto

  • National Security Agency (NSA)




Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist with a number of major corporations and agencies, including:

  • TekSystems

  • Boeing

  • Lockheed Martin

  • The Defense Information Systems Agency (U.S. Air Force)

  • NCI Information Systems

  • A.G. Edwards

  • Anheuser-Busch

  • AT&T

  • Centene Corporation

  • DuPont Pioneer

  • Intel

  • Scottrade

  • World Wide Technology

  • Unisys



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Interesting Courses


  • Ethical Hacking

  • Introduction to Cryptography

  • Digital Forensics

  • Information Security

  • Network Security




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Key Faculty


Kian PokornyKian Pokorny, Ph.D.

Clark Hall 200
(618) 537-6440