Cyber Security Programs - Bachelor's, Master's & PhD

For more than two decades, The University of Tulsa has been at the forefront of cybersecurity research and education. TU has been a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education since 2000 – one of the first 14 institutions awarded this distinction. TU also is recognized by the federal government as a CAE in IA Research and Cyber Operations. TU alumni are employed in leading roles in the private and public sectors as well as academia.

Cybersecurity skills are in high demand, yet supply is lacking. The industry estimates that more than one million cybersecurity jobs worldwide remain unfilled, with more than 200,000 of those in the United States. TU alumni are well equipped to meet the demand and serve in intellectually stimulating and personally rewarding roles that strengthen national and global security. Graduates have experience in the theory, concepts and techniques of information assurance and network defense in real-world settings.

The School of Cyber Studies offers an undergraduate Minor in Cyber Security, a B.S. in Cyber Security, M.S. in Cyber Security, and a Ph.D. in Cyber Studies.

  • Degree Options

    Cyber Security, B.S.

    A residential program that equips undergraduate students with the knowledge and skills required for success in the field of cyber security.

    Cyber Security Minor

    Undergraduate students from any discipline may minor in cyber security.

    Cyber Security Online, M.S.

    An online program designed for working professionals providing a comprehensive understanding of the foundational concepts of cyber security.

    Cyber Security, M.S. Non-Thesis Option

    A residential program providing a comprehensive understanding of the foundational concepts of cyber security.

    Cyber Security, M.S. Thesis Option

    A residential program providing a comprehensive understanding of the foundational concepts of cyber security while engaging in research.

    Cyber Studies, Ph.D.

    A residential or remote program that trains students to conduct scholarly research and make scientific contributions to our understanding of the Internet and its impact on society, including security and privacy.


  • Program Learning Outcomes

    B.S. in Cyber Security Program Learning Outcomes

    The B.S. in Cyber Security Curriculum has been developed in accordance with the guidelines established by the engineering accreditor ABET. Additionally, the coursework has been aligned to knowledge units set forth by the NSA and DHS Centers for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

    Students in the B.S. in Cyber Security program will:

    1. Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
    2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
    3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
    4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
    5.  Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
    6. Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.

    M.S. in Cyber Security Program Learning Outcomes

    Like the B.S. in Cyber Security, the M.S. in Cyber Security Curriculum has been developed to map to knowledge units set forth by the NSA and DHS Centers for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

    Students in the M.S. in Cyber Security program will:

    1. Possess a comprehensive understanding of the foundational concepts of cyber security.
    2. Obtain and refine the skills necessary to improve an organization’s cybersecurity posture.
    3. Apply theoretical concepts to the practice of cyber security.
    4. Demonstrate professional skills and behavior.

    Ph.D. in Cyber Studies Program Learning Outcomes

    Students in the Ph.D. in Cyber Studies program will:

    1. Demonstrate expertise and proficiency in the discipline’s foundational areas including cyber security, networking, data analysis, and a disciplinary specialization relevant to cyber studies.
    2. Create and advance the body of knowledge in cyber topics by writing and submitting scholarly papers to peer-reviewed conference proceedings and journals.
    3. Demonstrate research skills and professional behavior consistent with the scholarly cyber scientific community.