(Longview, Texas)—LeTourneau University will launch a new, 100% fully online Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity degree beginning in the Fall 2018 semester to help meet the estimated record demand of 1.5 million jobs in cybersecurity expected to open by 2019.
More than $1 billion in losses were incurred in 2016 alone resulting from cybercrime, according to the FBI, making cybersecurity one of the world’s most rapidly growing fields.
“LETU is the Christian polytechnic university, and our cybersecurity program focuses heavily on connecting technology and faith,” said Dr. Glyn Gowing, chair of LETU’s new cybersecurity program. “Cybersecurity is a field in which integrity is paramount. At LETU, our program focuses heavily on hands-on, practical skills, and also on how to live out a student’s faith in the workplace as a cybersecurity professional who safeguards against malicious forces.”
Students in the program will learn to protect critical information and defend against threats like industrial espionage, organized crime and terrorism. The program is for students seeking a high-impact, high-reward career that is more than just a job but is a calling. Median salaries in 2017 were around $95,000.
Industry professionals with decades of experience, from a former Fortune 500 analyst to a Fulbright Scholar, provide one-on-one personalized instruction and mentoring. Dedicated academic advisors guide cybersecurity students through their path to graduation. The degree is attainable within four years, but that can be accelerated for students choosing to take courses during the summer semesters. Courses vary in lengths, with some 15-week courses and some 5-week courses that are offered year-round in Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.
“This program is appropriate for new college students and experienced professionals, and as a fully online program, students will need to exhibit a great level of maturity and commitment,” Gowing said. “We offer foundational courses for new students to prepare them with the knowledge and skills they will need to tackle the more intense, security-related classes. For experienced professionals, we offer transfer credit for courses taken elsewhere. LETU also offers portfolio assessment as an option for students who enter the degree program with life and industry experience that demonstrates prior learning.”
Gowing added that students in the Longview and East Texas area could choose to take some classes in the classroom, making their fully online program a hybrid program including both online and on ground instruction.
LeTourneau University is the Christian polytechnic university where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, hybrid options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas and fully online programs. For additional information, visit www.letu.edu