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Cybersecurity Minor

Cybersecurity is increasingly important in many industries, and the demand for professionals with the training to keep companies and commerce secure continues to grow. The University of Central Missouri is helping train the next generation of versatile specialists with our Cybersecurity minor.

Specialize in cybersecurity

UCM’s Cybersecurity minor is an ideal choice for undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science, Criminal Justice or other tech fields. This program provides specialized, hands-on training in secure software development and system security to become a digital security expert.

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Dr. Belinda Copus
Assistant Professor and Interim Chair
Tel: 660-543-4930
copus@ucmo.edu


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ABET-accredited Cybersecurity program

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Become a digital security expert

What you will study

The University of Central Missouri’s Cybersecurity minor offers hands-on training in all the core aspects of cybersecurity, from system administration to secure software development. While not as rigorous as the bachelor’s degree programs we offer, the Cybersecurity minor provides a solid foundation in the field through courses such as:

  • Software Security
  • Ethical Hacking (Penetration Testing)
  • Secure System Management and Administration

In our ABET-certified program, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from leading experts in cybersecurity and use cutting-edge technology at some of the most reputable tech firms in the Kansas City area.

 

National Rankings

  • The University of Central Missouri’s Cybersecurity program is one of a select few across the country to receive accreditation from the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. Our program was among the first two programs in Missouri to earn this accreditation. 
  • Ranked the #1 Most Focused Colleges for Computer Science in Missouri by College Factual in 2022.
  • Ranked in the top 3.5% of the 2022 Most Focused Colleges for Computer Science by College Factual.
  • Ranked among the Top 55 Most Affordable Cybersecurity Schools and Colleges in the U.S. by Cyber Degrees EDU in 2021.
  • Ranked among the 2021 Best Computer Science Degrees by Learn.org.

 

Unique learning opportunities in the Cybersecurity minor

As a Cybersecurity student at UCM, you’ll get a taste of working in the real world with the latest cybersecurity tools and techniques. Opportunities to learn outside the classroom and gain hands-on experience include:

  • Internships: Our faculty maintain extensive connections with tech companies and organizations throughout Kansas City, Missouri and the United States that hire student interns. Past undergraduate students in the Cybersecurity Minor program have interned with Cerner, Federal Reserve Bank, Commerce Bank, FishTech, SAIC, Garmin, Hallmark and more. Practical, hands-on experience can help you stand out in the job market and prepare to succeed — in your first job and throughout your career.
  • Networking: At UCM, we offer a wide variety of networking opportunities, from student organizations such as CyberMules to alumni and guest panel sessions. You can also take tours of cybersecurity companies based in Kansas City, just 45 minutes away from the Warrensburg campus.

 

What can you do with a minor in Cybersecurity from UCM?

Adding a Cybersecurity minor to your UCM major can provide you with the system/cloud administration or coding and programming skills you need to contribute to information security efforts in the workplace and stand out in the job market. UCM graduates from the Cybersecurity program typically go on to work as cybersecurity analysts, network administrators, software engineers or programmers.

Explore jobs in cybersecurity

Use the interactive tool below to explore all the possible career pathways that a Cybersecurity minor can open for you. Gain insights into job outlooks, potential salaries and more.

 

 
 


 

Financial assistance options for your Cybersecurity minor

The University of Central Missouri provides more than $21 million in institutional aid to our students each year, and our tuition remains consistently more affordable than that of the average public college. We offer a variety of other resources to help you finance your college education.

In addition to general financial aid and award opportunities available through the university, you may be eligible to apply for scholarships for students in UCM’s Cybersecurity program, including:

  • ACM Scholarship
  • Griffith Scholarship
  • Harmon Scholarship
  • Cooper Scholarship
  • Chelsoft Scholarship
  • Cybersecurity achievement awards

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships by visiting the UCM Scholarship Finder.

 

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If you’re interested in pursuing a digitally focused career but aren’t convinced cybersecurity is quite your passion, you might consider these other minors at UCM:

 

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