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Cybersecurity Engineering - B.S.

Kent State University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates


Program description

Cybersecurity Engineering - B.S.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity Engineering prepares future professional engineers in the broad field of cybersecurity. The program provides students with a working knowledge of analysis and evaluation of components and systems with respect to security and to maintaining operations in the presence of risks and threats, with an emphasis on engineered systems. Students gain the understanding and skills necessary to address security issues pertaining to stakeholder needs and requirements (from a system engineering perspective) considering the lifecycle of the system from the outset. Design and development of systems, their components and associated networks to increase trustworthiness is a driving concern.

Admission requirements

Freshman Students:

Admission into the Cybersecurity Engineering major requires a minimum 3.0 high school GPA and a minimum 24 ACT composite score (minimum 24 ACT sub-scores in both English and mathematics) or a minimum 1160 SAT composite score (mathematics, critical reasoning and writing); and placement directly into MATH 12002 (or its equivalent). Students who do not meet these requirements may apply for admission to the Computer Engineering Technology major and request to change their program to the Cybersecurity Engineering major after their freshman year if they meet the following criteria: minimum 3.200 overall Kent State GPA and minimum B grade in both MATH 12002 and PHY 23101.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students:

All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, minimum 48 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score; or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program.

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Program content

Semester One

  • Introduction to Human Communication (KADL)
  • Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (KMCR)
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

  • Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

  • Fundamentals of Operating Systems for Engineering
  • Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences I
  • General University Physics I (KBS) (KLAB)
  • Professional Development in Engineering

Computer Programming Elective

Semester Four

  • Computer Science Ii: Data Structures and Abstraction
  • General University Physics II (KBS) (KLAB)
  • Discrete Structures for Computer Science

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Five

  • Networking Hardware I
  • Signals and Circuits
  • Signals and Circuits Laboratory
  • Information Technology Security
  • Basic Probability and Statistics

Semester Six

  • Introduction to Cryptology
  • Networking Hardware II
  • Systems Engineering

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Seven

  • Digital Forensics
  • Server Administration and Configuration I
  • Engineering Capstone I (ELR)
  • Law and Ethics for Engineers

Engineering (ENGR) Upper-Division Elective (30000 or 40000 level)

Semester Eight

  • Applied Embedded Systems I
  • Network Security
  • Engineering Capstone II (ELR) (WIC)
  • Cybersecurity Operations
  • Cybersecurity Operations: Laboratory
  • Wireless Network and Telecommunication Systems

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university's website for more information.

Tuition fees


  • Tuition fees for Ohio residents: $11,587 USD per year
  • Tuition fees for residents of other states and international students: $20,463 USD per year


Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics
  2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives.
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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Kent State University

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Kent State University

800 E Summit St
44242 Kent Ohio
United States of America

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