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MS in Cyber Security (Bridge)

Grand Canyon University's Bridge (Master of Science in Cybersecurity) program is designed for students who have a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field who want to pursue a graduate-level degree in cybersecurity. Read on to learn more about Grand Canyon University's M.S. in Cybersecurity program.

Official Program Name:

Bridge (Master of Science in Cybersecurity)

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students who are interested in computers, hacking and protecting individuals and companies from cyber attacks may be best suited for this program. Applicants to all Grand Canyon master's degree programs need a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

As a segue between an unrelated undergraduate degree and a graduate degree, the Bridge (Master of Science in Cybersecurity) program at Grand Canyon University is intended to give students the introduction they need to thrive in a computer-related master's program. The coursework here includes topics in cybersecurity, including information technology fundamentals, network design basics, data encryption, and computer programming. This program includes four courses -- each of which is four credit hours and focuses on a broad area of the field, covering the basics a new student to a master's program in cybersecurity would need.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

16 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office for more information.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for the Bridge (Master of Science in Cybersecurity)

There are four courses that make up the Bridge (Master of Science in Cybersecurity) program at GCU. Courses are subject to change, so please see GCU's site for the latest information.

  • Introduction to Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Platforms and Network Technologies
  • System Administration and Maintenance
  • Cybersecurity Foundations

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

The Bridge (Master of Science in Cybersecurity) program at Grand Canyon University is intended to prepare students specifically for the school's master's degree program in cybersecurity. Earning this M.S. may position graduates to secure advanced positions in the field.

Career Paths:

Since it's designed as a transitional degree between an unrelated bachelor's and a master's, the Bridge (Master of Science in Cybersecurity) program may not lead to further career opportunities. However, with a master's degree in the field -- like the Master of Science in Cybersecurity from GCU -- graduates could be prepared for careers such as:

  • Corporate security officer (CSO)
  • Corporate information security officer (CISO)
  • Information security analyst
  • Director of security,
  • Senior security application developer