Nexus in Cybersecurity
CSU’s Cybersecurity Nexus degree was created with feedback from industry partners to address a tremendous shortage of cybersecurity professionals. CyberSeek, a program of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, projects that there are more than 504,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. with 21,868 of those located in the State of Georgia and 8,865 in Alabama.1 According to Indeed's Career Database of over 150 million jobs globally, the average salary of entry level cybersecurity professionals is $60,000–$114,000.2
Students enrolled in the Nexus degree will complete six eight-week terms of cybersecurity education over the course of a year. Those 18 credit hours are laid out in a boot-camp format with instruction happening five days a week for 4 hours per day. It also includes an experiential hands-on apprenticeship for students to gain real world experience as requested by employers. In order to obtain the full Nexus Degree, students will also need to complete 42 hours of general education. The Practitioner of Cybersecurity in FinTech Certificate is an 18-credit undergraduate certificate designed to be awarded as a credential for those non-degree seeking individuals who wish to complete cybersecurity course work.
Program Structure Overview
The structure of the Nexus is designed for students to finish the degree in approximately two years. Besides the 18-credit hours of Cybersecurity specific courses, there is an additional 42-credit hours of General Education courses required to complete the 60-hour degree.
The Practitioner Certificate consists of just the 18-credit hour Cybersecurity track classes and is taught in 12 months using a cohort, boot camp, apprenticeship model. Students will attend class for 4 hours Monday through Friday as well as experience industry apprenticeships and gain real world hands-on cybersecurity attack and mitigation experience using the CSU Cyber Range.
Who Should Apply?
The Nexus Degree and Practitioner Certificate are attractive options that appeal to a wide variety of individuals who desire a career in the fast growing field of cybersecurity. Specifically, these academic options apply to the following:
- High school students interested in non-traditional academic education
- Exiting military personnel
- Adult learners starting a new career
The Nexus in Cybersecurity of FinTech Mission Statement
The mission of the Nexus Degree and Practitioner Certificate in Cybersecurity of FinTech is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, abilities, and credentials in cybersecurity necessary to meet industry demand for work-ready cybersecurity professionals.
For more information, please submit a request on the TSYS Center for Cybersecurity page.