Find Virginia Cyber Security Degrees

Cyber Security Degrees in Virginia

We found 27 cyber security programs in Virginia.

Virginia is one of the biggest states not only in terms of education opportunities for cyber security, but beginning a new career in the industry.

There are 20 total institutions that have been designated as one of the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE), and that includes a mixture of community colleges and bigger universities.

Here is a list of Virginia cyber security degrees that are from NSA CAE Designated Institutions:

  • ECPI University
  • George Mason University
  • Hampton University
  • James Madison University
  • Liberty University
  • Marymount University

Featured online cyber security programs:

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NSA CAE Designated Institutions for Cyber Security in Virginia

In many cases, coursework and full programs are available to pursue online, and some curricula will provide an emphasis in a particular subject category. Many of these institutions will fall under Cyber Defense, either setting an education (CAE CDE) or research (CAE-R) standard.

There is a separate designation for two-year degrees, which are generally reserved for community or specialized school. A handful of colleges have been designated as a CAE in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO). All of the accreditation is by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Online Cyber Security Programs in Virginia

Among the many online programs available in Virginia, Strayer University has a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Cybersecurity. The courses students will take in the concentration itself are Network Server Administration I, Computer Forensic Technology, Perimeter Defense Techniques, and Network Penetration Testing. The first class is focused on how to work with the Windows server environment, and can be swapped out with an Advanced Routing course for those that are pursuing a Cisco track.

Liberty University Cyber Security Programs

Another similar program that is offered fully online is at Liberty University. There are 120 credit hours required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Information with an Information Assurance specialization. Each course is delivered in eight-week increments and the school will accept up to 75 percent of transfer credits toward their curriculum.

Example courses include Cyber-Security, Information Security Planning, and Network Security. Pursuing an online program is an easier way to complete a cyber security degree in higher education, and Pennsylvania has many institutions that offer certifications, undergraduate, and graduate programs.

Courses can be offered in a synchronous format, where students can watch lectures remotely and take part in a virtual classroom, or watch videos of lectures recorded on demand. Coursework is typically completed at the students' own pace, but they will have to meet weekly deadlines.

Master’s in Cyber Security Degrees in Virginia

There are many programs in the state of Virginia that focus on further education after a Bachelor’s degree, and there are plenty of online options as well.

George Mason University MS in Applied Information Technology

George Mason University has a Master of Science in Applied Information Technology with a concentration in Cyber Security through the Volgenau School of Engineering. This program is geared toward students that have had many years of experience in information technology and holds a Bachelor’s degree. At least 30 credits will be needed to complete the program, and most courses are available online and will differ in each semester. There are core courses in Algorithms and Data Structures Essentials, Database Management Systems, Fundamentals of Computing Platforms, and Information: Representation, Processing, and Visualization.

Admission requirements for the Volgenau School of Engineering, specifically in this program, are the submission of college transcripts, a personal statement on career goals they have set up, two letters of recommendation, and an updated resume. No GRE or GMAT scores are needed unless the student does not hold a Bachelor’s degree. Those that have completed a Master’s degree in applied IT have found opportunities as a cyber security analyst or engineer, intelligence analyst, and project management analyst.

Working in Cyber Security in Virginia

With the wide variety of institutions available in the state of Virginia, there are many opportunities for students to gain an education in cyber security to prepare for any level of job position. Those that do not have much experience should consider looking at associate degrees or certifications through Cisco or CompTIA.

Those that are in the IT industry but are looking for a career change, a graduate certification or Master’s degree within cyber security would be a perfect option. Because Virginia is very close to Washington, DC, where there are plenty of government opportunities in cyber security, there are also many conferences, workshops, and communities to help build knowledge and network with other professionals.

Virginia Cyber Security Careers

Virginia has the sixth-highest amount of tech employees according to CompTIA, and a large portion of these workers represent cyber security and systems analysts. The IT services industry is growing at a 2.2 percent year-over-year margin.

For information security analysts specifically, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that Virginia has the highest amount of employment with over $14,000 workers, and they are fifth-highest in average salary with over $111,780 being the annual mean wage. As expected, the Washington, Arlington, and Alexandria metropolitan location is also one of the highest areas in cyber security employment and salary throughout the country.

Top Cyber Security and Tech Employers and Organizations

Because of the location, there are many opportunities to connect and network with various cyber security professionals, especially when it comes to the government.

DC Cybersecurity Professionals

One of the largest meetup groups is DC Cybersecurity Professionals with over 7,200 members and is based in Arlington. This group has met consistently and have talked about the latest topics in information security since 2012. They welcome all knowledge levels of cyber security and events have consisted of introduction courses in artificial intelligence and cloud security, workshops, and happy hour networking events.

Available Online Cyber Security Programs for Virginia

List of Virginia Cyber Security Programs

NSA/DHS Designation: The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated certain institutions as a CAE, or Center of Academic Excellence. We have labeled each program based on their designation:
CAE-2Y: 2 Year Program CAE-CD: Cyber Defense CAE-CO: Cyber Operations CAE-R: Research Program
Campus-Based and Online Cyber Security Programs:
ECPI University
Virginia Beach
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
George Mason University
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
  • Cyber Defense CAE-R
Hampton University
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
James Madison University
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
Liberty University
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
Marymount University
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
Norfolk State University
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
Old Dominion University
  • B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Cyber Operations Major Cyber Operations CAE-CO
Radford University
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
Regent University
Virginia Beach
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
University of Tulsa
  • M.S./Ph.D. in Computer Science, Specialization in Cyber Operations (a.k.a. Tulsa Cyber Corps Program) Cyber Operations CAE-CO
University of Virginia
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
  • Cyber Defense CAE-R
Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • B.S. in Computer Engineering, Minor in Cybersecurity, Certificate in Cyber Operations Cyber Operations CAE-CO
  • Cyber Defense CAE-R
Virginia Western Community College
  • 2 Year Cyber Security Program 2 Year Cyber Defense CAE-2Y
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