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Gardner-Webb Now Offers Computer Science Concentration in Cybersecurity

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Industry Estimates 3.5 Million New Positions in the Next Five Years  

Fully-Online Option Begins in 2023 Spring Semester for Students in the Degree Completion Program

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—In response to industry needs, Gardner-Webb University now offers a cybersecurity concentration with its Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. The curriculum prepares graduates to succeed in this field that is expected to have 3.5 million job openings in 2025, as reported by Cybersecurity Ventures. Additionally, graduates can expect a median salary of $102,000, according to

“Great 21st century universities are those that respond nimbly and ably to the evolving needs of a dynamic global economy, and at Gardner-Webb we are intentionally crafting new degree programs to meet those needs,” explained GWU President William Downs. “Our new concentration in Cybersecurity comes on the heels of program launches in Biochemistry, Homeland Security Administration, and Public Administration. These curricular innovations, along with others in the queue, position Gardner-Webb as a destination of first choice for students who want to take full advantage of new employment opportunities in the public and private sectors.”

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The bachelor’s program is offered within the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences.

A fully-online option of the program begins for students in the Degree Completion Program in the 2023 Spring Semester. Community college graduates with associate degrees in information technology can complete their bachelor’s degrees in a flexible environment with professors who are accessible and available.

“We are pleased and excited to be offering this much needed program in Cybersecurity,” added Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Karen Aubrey. “Cybersecurity is a real concern that affects each of us in our everyday lives, and this program will quickly train professionals to enter into a high-demand field.” 

Courses provide training in programming languages, operating systems, computer and network security, database management, data communications, and cybercrime.  Program curriculum is based on National Center for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) guidelines for Cyber Defense programs.

Most of the cybersecurity classes are designed to correspond to specific CompTIA (The Computing Technology Industry Association) certifications. Classes include topics to help prepare students for CompTIA A+, Server+, Network+, Security+ and PenTest+ exams; however, these exams are not a requirement of the program.

For more information about enrolling in the Degree Completion Program, email [email protected].

Gardner-Webb University is North Carolina’s recognized leader in private, Christian higher education. A Carnegie-Classified Doctoral/Professional University, GWU is home to six professional schools, 14 academic departments, more than 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, and a world-class faculty. Located on a beautiful 225-acre campus in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb prepares graduates to impact their chosen professions, equips them with the skills to advance the frontiers of knowledge, and inspires them to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. Ignite your future at

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