University Introduces New Technology Degrees for Cybersecurity and Business Management Fields

May 18, 2017

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Saint Leo University has two new online technology-related degree programs, one that will equip people for entry-level jobs in computer security and the other at the graduate level, for managers and executives seeking the data-analysis skills that are highly sought in the 21st century business world.

Both programs are developed by the faculty of the Donald R. Tapia Business School, which is the academic home of traditional business curricula, computer science, and cybersecurity programs.

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts degree in cybersecurity will prepare students for entry-level positions in the emerging cybersecurity and information assurance/security fields. The overall goal of the program is to provide students with the background knowledge and tools to understand cybersecurity threats and countermeasures.

Saint Leo University is a designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense education by National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The curriculum of the AA degree is mapped to NSA knowledge units. In addition, graduates of this program are well prepared for industry certifications in cybersecurity.

Core major requirements include statistics, business law, computer systems, systems administration, networking, programming, cybersecurity fundamentals, and penetration testing and countermeasures. 

Students who complete the AA degree and decide they want further education can easily continue with Saint Leo’s Bachelor of Sciencedegreein cybersecurity, noted Dr. Balbir Bal, dean of the Tapia School of Business. The bachelor’s degree will enhance employability even more.

Both the 60-credit hour AA curriculum and the 120-credit hour BS curriculum include coursework from the university’s liberal arts foundation to ensure that graduates are academically well-rounded as well as technically proficient.

The tuition rate for online undergraduate courses for the 2017-2018 academic year is $360 per credit. Thus, students interested in the AA degree can anticipate tuition of $21,600, based on current rates. That figure does not include books.

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Master of Business Administration, Data Analytics concentration  

This new 36-hour online program prepares graduates for careers in business intelligence, which can span multiple disciplines.

Students complete the 21 MBA credit hours that provide the fundamentals of business operations. These include courses in economics, marketing, finance, accounting, human resource management, strategic management, and global business.

The data analytics concentration includes another 15 credit hours that will teach students how to approach the world of “Big Data” to retrieve, understand, and apply information to make sophisticated and strategic business decisions. As students learn to use modern analytical tools, combined with their knowledge of statistics and business strategy, they will be more equipped to detect patterns that were previously too subtle to find, and to respond with highly informed recommendations for products, service, advertising, staffing, or procurement, to name a few areas.

The tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year for this MBA program is $555 per credit hour, so students can anticipate tuition of $20,000 or more over the course of the program. This does not include books.

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