San Bernardino Cyber Security Schools
Three schools close to the downtown area of San Bernardino offer programs from certificates to a graduate degree in cyber security.
- Students looking for the school closest to San Bernardino will want to consider California State University, which has a location less than ten miles from San Bernardino. The school has certificate and master's degree programs with concentrations in cyber security. Undergraduate degree programs are also available in information systems and technology.
- Citrus College has the smallest student population, but has the largest student-to-teacher ratio.
- Students who are looking for a low student-to-teacher ratio will want to consider Mt. San Antonio College, located roughly 32 miles from San Bernardino.
Comparison of Schools
The following table lists program tuition, acceptance and graduation rates for all three schools.
|California State University at San Bernardino||Citrus College||Mt. San Antonio College|
|School Type||4-year; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||20,692*||13,263*||29,960*|
|Campus Setting||Midsized city||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$6,885 in-state; $18,765 out-of-state||$1,183 in-state; $5,959 out-of-state*||$1,349 in-state; $8,741 out-of-state|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||91%*||53%*||70%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||57%*||N/A - Open Admissions||N/A - Open Admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)||85% for full-time students*||69% for full-time students*||79% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||54% (for those who began their studies in 2011)*||38% (for those who began their studies in 2014)*||32% (for those who began their studies in 2014)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
California State University at San Bernardino
In addition to offering programs in cyber security, California State University offers competitions related to cyber security. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the university's Information Security Club, through which they'll be able to practice in a security lab and attend related events.
Certificate in Cyber Security
This program is available to computer science and national security studies students looking to earn their National Security Systems standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals and/or Senior Systems Managers certifications. Courses include information networking, cyber security, security systems management and information system planning and policy.
Bachelor of Arts in Administration - Information Systems & Technology Concentration
Students will be required to earn a 'C' or better in the courses for this bachelor's degree. Program courses include systems analysis and design, cyber security, database management and introduction to information technology. The concentration requires 30 credits of coursework.
Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology - Cyber Security Track
Master's degree students learn about computer forensics, cyber defense and information assurance policy. Students will be required to have a bachelor's degree for entrance into this program. Additional requirements include GRE scores and a 200-250-word statement of purpose.
Citrus College is an approved testing center for IT vendors, such as Microsoft, Cisco and CompTIA. Students are able to earn certification in A+, Network+ and Server+. Each certification requires completion of the relevant course and passing an exam. Classes are offered both days and evenings.
Information Technology Certificate of Achievement
After completing this program, students may be ready to start their career with equipment companies, personnel supply services and processing services. The school's certificate of achievement is vendor-neutral, so graduates will be allowed to work with various hardware and software vendors.
Mt. San Antonio College
The associate's degree program at Mt. San Antonio is intended to prepare students for work as network administrators and security management administrators. After earning their degree, students have the option of transferring to a local school to earn their bachelor's degree.
Associate in Science in Computer Network Administration and Security Management
Courses for the program include telecommunications/networking fundamentals, network analysis, network security and firewalls. Students learn how to create, manage and administer the security of a corporate network. Students should be able to earn their degree in two years' time.
Other School Options
A Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Systems is available from Azusa Pacific University, located 33 miles from San Bernardino.