Friends University to launch cyber security bachelor’s degree and re-focus computer information systems degree

Friends University will launch a new bachelor’s degree program in cyber security and will re-focus its computer information systems degree program for adult students this fall.

Friends University is the only private college in the state of Kansas to offer a bachelor’s degree in cyber security. The addition of this degree follows Friends University’s successful launch of a master’s degree in cyber security in August 2016.

The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security (BSCS) is a STEM program designed to prepare adult students for careers in cyber security by equipping them with a comprehensive understanding of the cyberspace environment. Students will learn how the cyberspace environment functions at each layer of operations from physical equipment to virtual technologies.

“Friends University is one of few programs focused on giving students practical experiences rather than relying solely on theoretical exposure to concepts,” said Dr. David Hofmeister, dean of the College of Adult and Professional Studies and the Graduate School. “This is one reason why we have recently introduced a state-of-the-industry cyber security training range and virtual laboratory designed to provide students with a learning environment that simulates real-time threats and practical network defense capabilities.”

Friends University offers BSCS students an opportunity to fast-track their way to a Master of Science in Cyber Security. Once accepted into the graduate program, students may complete up to 18 concurrent hours.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) is being updated to focus more on preparing information technology professionals instead of generalist information systems support. Friends University has enhanced the program to give adult learners a solid understanding of information security and to prepare students for Microsoft Windows Server certification and Data Management and Analytics certification.

The key components of the program include computer programming, web and server administration, data systems integration, and information systems architecture. A business core, with emphases in accounting, ethics, law, management and finance, will enable program graduates to be included in decision-making.

“Faculty members with degrees in CIS, management information systems and cyber security will instruct our undergraduate students,” Dr. Hofmeister said. “The faculty also hold experience and/or certificates in SAP, CISCO and Microsoft. The lead faculty member is certified as a Microsoft Systems Engineer.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an 18-percent increase in employment for cyber security professionals and a 15-percent increase for CIS professionals from 2014 to 2024.

Friends University, a Christian university of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.