achelor of Technology in IT - Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics

Online Bachelor of Technology in Information Technologies-Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics

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OSU Institute of Technology’s Bachelor of Technology in IT-Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics is a fully online program that prepares students for the highly specialized work of protecting computers, computer systems, and networks from various threats such as hackers, cyberterrorists, viruses, and worms. As more organizations have realized the importance of cybersecurity, the demand for talent in computer security, computer forensics, IT security, and information assurance has increased rapidly. As a result, OSUIT’s program is designed for those wanting to join this fast-growing field.

BT in Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics Program Outcomes

The Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics concentration of our BT in Information Technologies program provides rigorous coursework to help students gain a holistic understanding of the fundamentals of cybersecurity and develop essential skills in protecting digital data from potential attacks. By completing the program, you learn to:

  • Maintain security access to digital data;
  • Identify and analyze cybersecurity issues and define computing requirements to solve problems effectively;
  • Investigate cybercrimes and cyberattacks;
  • Communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders;
  • Apply cybersecurity best practices to various organizations and their systems.


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Program Curriculum and Requirements

The BT in Information Technologies-Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics program offers a comprehensive and robust curriculum that covers a wide range of topics in cybersecurity and IT. Ranging from programming and databases to project management, the curriculum provides hands-on learning and pragmatic training that instructs students how to use industry tools to solve digital security issues. 

Students are required to complete a total of 121 credit hours, starting with 51 credit hours of general education and interdepartmental requirements to lay a solid foundation for their undergraduate study. From there, students learn comprehensive IT and cybersecurity skills with 33 credit hours of lower-division program requirements and 37 credit hours of upper-division program requirements.

As part of the program requirements, the core courses of the cybersecurity and digital forensics concentration include:

  • Introduction to Computer Logic
  • Hardware Systems Support
  • Network Systems
  • Principles of Information Security
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Using C#
  • Web Development
  • Operating Systems
  • Database Systems
  • Script Programming
  • LAN/WAN Implementation & Support
  • GUI Development
  • Enterprise Security Management
  • Digital Forensics
  • Network Security
  • Computer Security
  • Secure System Administration

For more information, review the detailed curriculum.

How Long Does It Take to Complete the Online Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics?

Generally speaking, it could take two to three years to complete the BT in Information Technologies-Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics program. However, at OSUIT, we strive to support students to find the learning pace that can best fit their lifestyles. With transfer credits, you may be able to complete your degree earlier. You could talk to our advisors and see how many of your previously earned credits can apply to the program.

Why Choose OSUIT’s Bachelor of Technology in Information Technologies-Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics?


World-Class Faculty with Industry Experience

Our instructors have extensive real-world experience in the field of information technology and cybersecurity. Bringing real-world solutions to the classroom, faculty members teach current best practices based on industry standards. In addition, our attentive faculty cares about students’ success, hence, you can benefit from mentorship and close interactions with your instructors.

Flexible Online Learning Format

Our Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics program is a fully online bachelor’s degree program. With online classes, you can enjoy the flexibility to balance your work, family, and life commitments. No matter where you are, as long as there is internet service, you can easily access our online classes and learn at your own pace.

Hands-on Experience

At OSUIT, we encourage our students to dive headfirst into first-hand experiences that deepen their understanding of the concept and knowledge learned in class. The Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics program gives students the opportunity to obtain practical experience while pursuing their bachelor’s degrees through internships. 

Affordable Quality Education

OSUIT strives to provide our students with the lowest possible tuition to help them achieve their dreams. The tuition at OSUIT is only $192.45/credit, about half the in-state tuition of most state universities for domestic students. In other words, it only costs about $6,702.75 per year for the Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics program. What’s more, we also offer generous financial aid to help students pay for their education. Learn more about our cost and aid.

Accreditation and Recognition

One of the most common concerns for online programs is quality. Yet, our programs are proven to offer students transformative education and prepare them to enter the IT field upon graduation. Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, our Bachelor of Technology in Information Technologies - Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics program was recognized as one of the Best Online Bachelor’s in Information Systems Security programs.

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Cybersecurity Career Outlook

As cyberattacks increase in frequency and sophistication, the demand for cybersecurity professionals is projected to grow 31% through 2029, much faster than most other occupations in the US (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Graduates of OSU Institute of Technology‘s Bachelor of Technology in Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics program can pursue many in-demand careers in the field of cybersecurity and IT, such as:

  • Information Security Analysts
    • Median salary: $99,730 per year
    • Working for various organizations including technology companies, consulting firms, and financial companies, information security analysts plan and implement security measures to protect computer networks and data information. 
  • Database Administrators
    • Median salary: $93,750 per year
    • Database administrators (DBAs) use software to store, manage, and organize critical data such as financial information and medical data. They utilize their knowledge and skills in information technology to protect data from unauthorized access. 
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
    • Median salary: $83,510 per year
    • Responsible for the day-to-day operation of computer networks, network and computer systems administrators organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems. They are also responsible for upgrading and maintaining the systems to ensure optimal performance.
  • Computer Systems Analysts
    • Median salary: $90,920 per year
    • Computer systems analysts conduct research and evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of organizations’ computer systems. They identify organizational needs for new IT technologies and improve the performance of the systems.

Admission Requirements

Interested in earning a Bachelor of Technology in IT Degree with a Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics concentration? Besides submitting an online application, applicants must:

  • Provide ACT or SAT scores;
  • Hold a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate based on the GED;
  • Participate in ACCUplacer (Next Generation) assessment as explained under Academic Profiling.

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Jumpstart Your Career in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics

Do you know that OSU Institute of Technology’s job placement rate is nearly 100%? Applying to the Bachelor of Technology in IT-Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics program is the next step in achieving your career goal! Contact us to learn more about the program and explore your financial aid options.

For more information, call an enrollment advisor today at 918-293-5440 or complete the Request for Information form.