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Become a Force for ​Good: studying cybersecurity at the csu


Cal State San BernardinoSacramento StateCal Poly San Luis Obispo and San José State have been recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education. CSU San Bernardino hosts the national symposium for all CAE schools in the U.S. and has established the pathway for CAE designation.

Students interested in a career in cybersecurity should also consider CyberCorps' Scholarship for Service program. Scholars receive two years of full tuition and fees, plus a stipend. Upon graduation, they are typically required to work full-time as an information assurance specialist in federal, state, local or tribal government organizations for up to two years.

At some CSU campuses you can earn a degree (bachelor's or masters) in cybersecurity, while other schools offer computer science degrees that allow you to study or major in cybersecurity or information security. “This is a great career because you're constantly reinventing yourself," says CSU San Bernardino's Dr. Tony Coulson, a leading voice in cybersecurity education. “Technology changes, and as long as you change with the technology you will always have an interesting career."

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly's California Cybersecurity Institute offers a wide variety of cybersecurity certification courses.

Cal State Bakersfield

Computer Science with concentration in information security (B.S.)

​Cal State Long Beach

Minor ​in cybersecurity ​applications(open to a variety of majors)

CSU Channel Islands

Computer Science with minor in security systems engineering​​

CSU Dominguez Hills​

Cyber Security (M.S.)

Cyber Security: IT Fundamentals Certificate

CSU San Bernardino

Information Systems & Technology Cyber Security (B.S., M.S.)

Certificate in Cyber Security

Certificate in Cyber Security Professional

CSU San Marcos

Cybersecurity (M.S.)

Fresno State

At present, Fresno State does not offer a degree program, certification or minor or cybersecurity, but students can enroll in courses and programs that allow them to gain knowledge and experience in cybersecurity, including software design, embedded systems design, application-specific integrated circuits, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and more. For more information, contact Dr. Shahab Tayeb by email or at (559) 278-3403​; or Dr. Keith Clement by email or at (559) 278-1011.

Sacramento State

Computer Science (B.S.), minor in information security and computer forensics (minor also offered to non-computer science students)

Certificate in Cyber Defense and Operations

Certificate in Information Assurance and Security

San Diego State

Cybersecurity Management (M.S.)

San José State

Software Engineering with Specialization in Cybersecurity (M.S.)

Certificate in Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

Certificate in Cybersecurity Engineering

Advanced Certificate – Cyberse​curity: Core Technologies

​​To explore more degrees, consult the CSU Degrees database. You can also find more information through the National Institute for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and CyberSeek, which outlines career pathways for a wide variety of information security jobs. 

Learn more about ​how the CSU is readying the cybersecurity workforce​ and discover career paths from alumni in the field.