Cyber Security FAQs

1. What does the cyber security bachelor's degree completion program entail?

The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security (BSCS) program is an online degree completion program for working adults in the military and IT field who want to further their careers by developing specialized skills in the high-need area of network security. Students can customize their degree by choosing a concentration in computer forensics and vulnerability management or information warfare and security management. Students in the program benefit from Norwich’s recognized expertise in cyber security instruction and graduate with highly relevant, in-demand skill sets that reflect current industry trends and best practices.

2. Is the program entirely online?

Yes. Norwich has built a leading-edge online learning environment that promotes networking, peer support, and one-on-one interactions with faculty and student support staff. Classrooms are virtual, accessible from anywhere where you have an Internet connection -- whether you’re at home, at work in an office or in the field, or at military base or theater of operations -- and filled with extensive online learning resources.

3. What are the admission requirements for the program?

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • An associate degree or a minimum of 30 credits
  • Official copies of all college and/or military transcripts
  • Documentation of accredited non-college learning (CLEP, etc.)
  • Proficiency in basic college-level math and writing demonstrated by prior successful completion of courses equivalent to EN 101 and MA 102, or by prior approved training. Courses in these areas are offered for students who may need them.

More admissions information is available on our cyber security program admissions page.

4. How many credits will I take, and can I transfer additional credits to apply toward my degree?

To complete your cyber security degree, you must earn 120 credits. As an admissions requirement, 30 of those credits must be earned prior to enrolling in the program through military training, CLEP, or college courses completed at another institution. You may transfer up to 60 additional semester-credit equivalents from other accredited institutions of higher education for courses that meet specific criminal justice program requirements.

5. How much does the program cost?

The per-credit cost for the program is $375. For active military, the per-credit cost is $250 and the federal government’s Tuition Assistance (TA) program covers the per-credit cost of the program. For detailed information about program costs, visit the tuition information page.

6. Is the program covered under federal financial aid?

The cyber security bachelor’s degree completion program is eligible for Federal Student Aid, including need-based (i.e., Pell Grants and Direct Subsidized Loans), and non-need based (i.e., Direct Unsubsidized Loans) programs. To get started on your Federal Student Aid application, you will need to complete the FAFSA.

7. I would like to use my VA benefits. What is the process, and whom do I contact for more information?

The program is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs. As such, all GI Bill and other military payment options will be available to students applying for admission to the program. For consolidated information about specific programs, visit our Veterans Benefits page. For additional information, explore the following links:

 

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

8. How long is each trimester, and how long will it take me to finish the program?

Each trimester is 16 weeks long and made up of two eight-week sections. There is a one-week break between trimesters. There is no break between sections within the trimester. Full-time students (meaning they must take at least 12 credits per term) may complete the program in less than two years. Part-time enrollment will take longer. This estimate does not factor in planned or unplanned leaves from the program, which may occur from time to time.

9. How many hours a week must I commit to my studies?

You should plan to spend approximately 15 to 20 hours each week on readings, discussion postings, and written assignments. This will vary depending on the number of courses and the types of courses you’re taking. Students new to the program will spend more time as they get used to online learning and delivery.

10. When can I begin the program?

There are several start dates per year, please speak to your admission advisor for more details.

11. How large will my class be?

Approximately 15 to 25 students will be in your class. You will break into groups of six or fewer so that discussions and projects are productive and manageable.

12. How do I plan my curriculum and program schedule?

Once accepted into the program, you will work with one of our student services advisors to outline your degree plan, which will determine the courses you need to graduate.

13. What credentials will my instructor have?

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies recruits from a national market and cultivates a very selective faculty well versed in teaching in online environments. Faculty members in the cyber security bachelor's program are required to hold a professional degree in the industry, and have significant experience in the cybersecurity/information security management fields. All complete specialized online teaching training and are held to the college’s high standards with regard to quick turnaround on communications and grading of assignments.

14. What Norwich University resources will be available to me?

You will have access to vast online resources through Kreitzberg Library, including our dedicated distance learning librarian. You will also receive academic support from your instructor, administrative support from program staff, and technical support for the online learning platform.

15. Is Norwich University accredited?

Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA, 01803-4514
Phone: (781) 425-7785
E-Mail: info@neche.org

 

16. Will there be a graduation ceremony when I complete the program?

Graduating students are welcome to attend the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies residency in June, where they can participate in a commencement ceremony with other graduating students at the College, and an academic recognition ceremony with their program peers. Due to the nature of our students’ commitments, participating in residency events at Norwich University is optional, not required. Once students have fulfilled their degree requirements, Norwich University will confer the degrees and send them to students not participating in the commencement on campus. Degree conferrals take place in June, September, and January.