School and Ranking Information
The majority of schools in the Chesapeake area that offer degree programs in network security are private, for-profit schools. Based on programs, student services and rankings, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for network security degrees:
- Winner: Norfolk State University is the only public or nonprofit school in the area with degrees in this field. NSU provides several benefits to students of its College of Science, Engineering, and Technology through academics and research. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science with a strong focus on network security.
School Info Chart
|Category||Norfolk State University|
|Rankings||#29 in Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the U.S. (2014)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $7,126 (in-state), $20,596 (out-of-state)**|
|Network Security Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's|
|Network Security Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||47**|
|Most Popular Network Security Degree Level in 2012-2013||Bachelor's (29 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||34%**|
|Noteworthy||Bachelor's degree accredited by ABET; Affiliated with IEEE: Computing Society; On- and off-campus research opportunities, including cyber security research|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator
Norfolk State University
- Research opportunities are available through four on-campus research centers
- New digital forensics institute planned and funded
- Students and staff awarded over $1.8 million in grants in 2012-2013 for research in information and cyber security
- Security research areas in secure cloud computing, digital and network forensics, network security, wireless security and others
Norfolk State University (NSU) is a predominately black institution that confers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in liberal arts, science, technology and engineering. NSU is home to almost 7,000 students yearly, with more than 25% enrolled in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. U.S. News & World Report ranked NSU #29 on the list of historically black colleges and universities in the U.S. in 2014. The university has a low student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1, giving students easy access to faculty and staff.
The Department of Computer Science at NSU combines basic training in computer science with an emphasis on mathematics. The college offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a specialty in information assurance, and Master of Science in Computer Science programs with specialties in information assurance and communications networks. Coursework in these programs include multiple-language and multi-platform programming, computer security and network defense.