Cybersecurity, BMS

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree with a Concentration in Cybersecurity

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 120
  • $259.00
  • $534.00

Program Overview

The online Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS) with an area of concentration in Cybersecurity focuses on foundational principles, work examples, theories, research reading and skills necessary to analyze, design and construct secure information systems. 

Courses address the fundamental technologies, policy, assurance and ethics involved in the protection of information systems. Students gain hands-on experience through numerous laboratory exercises associated with each course.

Career Outlook: There is a great demand for cybersecurity professionals. Security professionals are expected to experience growth in job prospects, career advancement, higher base salaries and salary premiums at a faster rate than other areas of information technology.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security jobs are expected to increase by 88 percent through 2026. That is more than twice the average growth rate for all occupations.

Demand is high as these professionals are needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks. 

Career options may include:

  • Security Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Network Security Engineer
  • Information Security Manager
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Computer and Information Research Scientist
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Consultant

More about the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree (BMS): Nationally ranked as one of the top bachelor's programs in the United States, the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree (BMS) is a flexible, individualized degree program. The adaptable nature of the program provides students with the opportunity to design a personalized degree tailored to meet individual career goals, satisfy personal aspirations or prepare for graduate studies.

The BMS program obtained this national ranking from U.S. News and World Report as one of the best bachelor's degree programs in the country. In determining these rankings, U.S. News assesses programs on four general categories: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation. Detailed results are available on the U.S. News website.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed coursework

    The following courses are pre-requisite courses for the Cybersecurity concentration: CIST 1300 Introduction to Web Development or CSCI 1200 CS Principles, CIST 1400 Introduction to Computer Science I, CSCI 1620 Introduction to Computer Science II, CIST 2100 Organizations, Applications & Technology MATH 1930 Calculus for Managerial, Life & Social Science or MATH 1950 Calculus I (5 hours)

  2. Taken the SAT or ACT

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. Official/Unoffical transcripts from all previous schools

  5. Earned a high school diploma or GED

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

The credit hour requirements for this program include:

  • 40 hours of general education study 
  • 30 hours in area of concentration 
  • 12 hours in a secondary field (1) 
  • 12 hours in a secondary field (2) 
  • 26 hours of electives 

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CSCI 2240Introduction to C Programming3
Programming in 'C' in a UNIX operating system environment; algorithm and program development and file manipulation using 'C'; UNIX-like utility development. Prereq:CSCI 1620
CSCI/MATH/ISQAVarious Courses3
Students chose one course from the following required courses: CSCI 4830 Introduction to Software Engineering, CSCI/MATH 4560 Number Theory & Cryptography, ISQA 3310 Managing the Database Environment or ISQA 3910 Introduction to Project Management. Additional 3 upper level hours from Cybersecurity (of which there are 14 courses to choose from)
CSCI 2030/MATH 2030Mathematical Foundation for Computer Science or Discrete Math3
This course introduces discrete mathematics concepts that are foundational for the study of computer science such as functions, relations, and sets, basic logic, methods of proof, mathematical induction, computational complexity, recursion, counting, recurrences, and relations.
CIST 3110Information Technology Ethics3
The course will cover the development and need for issues regarding privacy and the application of computer ethics to information technology. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ENGL 1150 or placement in a second or third-year writing class, and sophomore standing.
CYBR 3350/CYBR 3370Security Administration - Linux or Security Administration - Windows3
This course covers topics a system administrator would encounter in their profession. The student will learn how a system administrator fulfills various organizational information resource management requirements using the Linux-based Operating System. Topics will include; installation; creating and maintaining file systems; user and group administration; backup and restore processes; network configuration; various system services; simple security administration; and updating and maintaining the system.
ISQA 3300/CSCI 3320File Structures or Data Structures3
CSCI 3320: This is a core that will cover a number of data structures such as tree, hashing, priority queues and graphs as well as different algorithm design methods by examining common problem-solving techniques.
CYBR 3600Information Security, Policy & Awareness3
This course will cover the planning and development for information governance, security policies and procedures and security awareness.
CYBR 4360Foundation of Information Assurance3
Contemporary issues in computer security, including sources for computer security threats and appropriate reactions; basic encryption and decryption; secure encryption systems; program security, trusted operating systems; database security, network and distributed systems security, administering security; legal and ethical issues.
ISQA 3400/CSCI 3550Business Data Communications or Communication Networks3
CSCI 3550: This course is designed to bring students up to the state of the art in networking technologies with a focus on Internet. It will cover the principles of networking with an emphasis on protocols, implementations and design issues.
CIST 4540Computer Security Management3
The purpose of this course is to integrate concepts and techniques from security assessment, risk mitigation, disaster planning and auditing to identify, understand, and propose solutions to problems of computer security and security administration.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterAug 02
  • Spring SemesterDec 02
  • Summer SessionsJul 02