Cybersecurity, BMS

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    120
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $272.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $475.00

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The online Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS) with an area of concentration in Cybersecurity focuses on foundational principals, 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.  


This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education

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 enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

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/Unofficial 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
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
August 1
Spring Semester
December 1
Summer Sessions
June 1

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
CIST 3110Information Technology Ethics3

Course Number: CIST 3110

The course will cover the development and need for issues regarding privacy and the application of computer ethics to information technology.

CIST 4540Computer Security Management3

Course Number: CIST 4540

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.

CSCI 2030/MATH 2030Mathematical Foundation for Computer Science or Discrete Math3

Course Number: CSCI 2030/MATH 2030

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.

CSCI 2240Introduction to C Programming3

Course Number: CSCI 2240

Programming in 'C' in a UNIX operating system environment; algorithm and program development and file manipulation using 'C'; UNIX-like utility development.

CSCI/MATH/ISQAVarious Courses3

Course Number: CSCI/MATH/ISQA

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)

CYBR 3350/CYBR 3370Security Administration - Linux or Security Administration - Windows3

Course Number: CYBR 3350/CYBR 3370

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.

CYBR 3600Information Security, Policy & Awareness3

Course Number: CYBR 3600

This course will cover the planning and development for information governance, security policies and procedures and security awareness.

CYBR 4360Foundation of Information Assurance3

Course Number: CYBR 4360

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 3300/CSCI 3320File Structures or Data Structures3

Course Number: ISQA 3300/CSCI 3320

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.

ISQA 3400/CSCI 3550Business Data Communications or Communication Networks3

Course Number: ISQA 3400/CSCI 3550

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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $272.00
  • Fees: $41.25
  • Total: $313.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $816.00
  • Fees: $123.75
  • Total: $939.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $475.00
  • Fees: $41.25
  • Total: $516.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1425.00
  • Fees: $123.75
  • Total: $1548.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

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    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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