Cybersecurity Programs

A cybersecurity degree or certificate will prepare students for one of the fastest-growing fields. Cybersecurity is critical as we become more and more dependent on our data.

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, our exciting stackable certificates, and our cybersecurity graduate certificate at UA Little Rock provide students with the education and opportunities needed to thrive in this challenging discipline. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 35% over the next decade. This is much faster than the average for all occupations. We are well-equipped to prepare you for one of the fastest-growing fields in the world!

Our faculty have rich industry experience and a passion to help you build your skills and interest in cybersecurity defense operations. Our curriculum meets the constantly changing threat landscape in cybersecurity. Students may also utilize the Trojan Cyber Arena in the EAC. The Trojan Cyber Arena has a safe and highly accessible cloud environment that deploys workouts for students to build their skills in cybersecurity applications.

Cybersecurity Degrees and Curriculum

Undergraduate Cybersecurity Certificates

UA Little Rock offers two undergraduate certificates in cybersecurity:

Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate of Proficiency
This certificate provides students with opportunities for an entry-level career in cybersecurity or to augment their education with a better understanding of the cybersecurity discipline.

Advanced Cybersecurity Technical Certificate
This certificate provides the fundamental courses necessary to begin work as a cybersecurity professional. Students may consider taking this as an alternative to the traditional bachelor’s degree or as credit towards their bachelor’s degree. The certificate stacks up on top of the Cybersecurity Certificate of Proficiency.

Graduate Cybersecurity Certificate

The graduate certificate in cybersecurity consists of 15 graduate credits. This certificate serves i) working professionals seeking to advance their career in cybersecurity, ii) graduate students seeking to conduct cybersecurity research, and iii) high school teachers who will teach concurrent credit high school courses in cybersecurity.

Students enrolled in any of the three graduate programs for Computer Science, Information Science, or Information Quality may complete this certificate as part of their elective coursework.

This program complements the National Cyber Teaching Academy (NCTA). High school teachers can take CSEC 7301: Teaching Cybersecurity to complete the 18 graduate hours required by most states for teaching concurrent credit courses

In The News

Dr. Philip Huff, Director of Research of the Trojan Cyber Arena, was interviewed by FOX 16 and by KTHV 11. Huff provides insights into why cybersecurity attacks seem to be on the rise as well as what you can do to stay safe online.

Dr. Sandra Leiterman, Managing Director of the Trojan Cyber Arena, was interviewed by KATV 7. Sandra discusses what sets our BS in Cybersecurity apart at UA Little Rock, reasons one should consider cybersecurity, and the future of cyber at UA Little Rock.

Cybersecurity Careers

This information is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems.
  • Most information security analysts work for computer companies, consulting firms, or business and financial companies.
  • Information security analysts typically need a bachelor’s degree in a computer science field, along with related work experience. Employers may prefer to hire analysts who have professional certification.
  • The median annual wage for information security analysts was $120,360 in 2023.