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Cybersecurity is a cross-disciplinary field drawing on computer science, computer engineering, and management information systems as well as criminal justice, communication, law, political science, and mathematics. At UD, students of all majors benefit from academic programming that supports cyber-related degree and certificate programs.

Emerging areas of academic interest for cybersecurity initiatives are political science (policy and national security focus) and communication (social engineering and incident response areas). New certificates at both graduate and undergraduate levels in these areas are expected.

In addition, student research opportunities will expand with help from faculty and some sponsored funding from the NSF, NSA, and DOD.


Cybersecurity-Related Majors, Minors and Corresponding Degrees


Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science 

Master of Computer Science

Bachelor Plus Master in Computer Science

Certificate in Cyber Defense 

Certificate in Cyber-Security Management 

Graduate Certificate in Autonomous Systems


Cybersecurity individual Course Offerings


Computer Science




Employment in Cybersecurity


A "cyber-ready" workforce is needed as global, national, and regional threats to all industries grow. Employers are actively seeking graduates to fill this increased demand. The University of Dayton's academic programs support industries' computing and information technology needs.

Over the last three years, UD has placed 121 graduates into Cyber/IT related positions. 67% of those placements (82) were in organizations located in Ohio. As industry partnerships with the center increase, employment opportunities for UD graduates in cyber-related fields will likely increase, as well.

Our collaboration with Wright-Patterson Air Forces Base coupled with our active participation in the regional “Cin-Day Cyber Corridor” strategy (in collaboration with SOCHE and the Dayton Development Coalition) positions the University of Dayton as a go-to resource in cybersecurity education and workforce development.