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Bachelor of Science, Cybersecurity | OU Polytechnic Institute

Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Program Overview

In our increasingly technology-reliant world, cyber threats are a major concern. With so much sensitive data going online,  advanced cybersecurity measures must be created to protect sensitive data, and those measures must be monitored to ensure their efficacy. Because of this, the field of cybersecurity is in desperate need of a wide range of well trained experts, with high salaries going to top talent.

Graduates of the program will be able to

1) Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing to identify solutions

2) Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a set of computing requirements

3) Communicate in a professional setting

4) Recognize responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles

5) Function effectively as a leader or team member

6) Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and treats

Why Study Cybersecurity at OUPI?

There are 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally, with over 450,000 in the US right now. Almost 4,000 of those vacant jobs are in Oklahoma, with more than 600 currently vacant in the northeast part of the state. The OU Polytechnic Institute is designed with this in mind, working with local and state industry partners to develop programs, like the BS in Cybersecurity, to meet the skyrocketing demand for these jobs.

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Program Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Minimum 24 credit hours earned at the time of application

This is a bachelor's completion program. Students traditionally transfer to OUPI once they have earned an associates degree or taken at least 24 hours from an accredited institution, such as Tulsa Community College.

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Cybersecurity Program Curriculum

This 60 hour program is designed to be completed in two years and developed with the needs of local, state, and regional employers in mind. Upon graduation, students will hold a Bachelor's of Science in Cybersecurity from the University of Oklahoma. All classes, which start Fall of 2024, are in person, hands on, and right here in Tulsa.

Your OU degree in cybersecurity will make you uniquely prepared to take advantage of the multitude of career opportunities available in northeast Oklahoma and around the world. Combining hands-on learning with projects that span multiple relevant fields of study, you'll make real world connections, including internships and industry-sponsored senior design projects.

  • Operating Systems Fundamentals
  • Hardware Security
  • Cyberforensics Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Unix Systems
  • Foundations of Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Risk Management and Assessment
  • Network Security
  • Cryptography Fundamentals
  • Engineering Secure Software
  • Intro to Cloud Computing and Security

Career Paths

Some typical career paths include:

  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Database Administrator
  • Software Developer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Security Specialist
  • Incident Responder
  • Security Architect
  • Forensic Expert
  • Penetration Tester
  • And many more!


The University of Oklahoma offers a variety of scholarships to admitted transfer students or those specifically enrolled in the OU Polytechnic Institute based on criteria such as academics, leadership, and community involvement. OUPI students are eligible to receive any of these scholarships for which they qualify. In addition, a fund has been established to provide stipends necessary for technology purchases including laptops or software. Qualified OUPI students can receive stipends of up to $1,000 for technology purchases.


OU Polytechnic Institute graduates will be able to immediately fill job openings with established industry partners such as 
  • BOK Financial
  • Collins Aerospace
  • QuikTrip
  • Williams Companies
  • Garmin
  • NGL Energy Partners
  • And many more!
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Take the Next Step

Your degree in Cybersecurity from OUPI can open doors that set you off on a journey of a lifetime. Classes begin Fall 2024. Sign up for reminders at the link below.