Cedarville University got the thumbs up from the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission to offer a cyber operations major, effective in the fall 2020 semester.

The cyber operations major will consist of eight new courses, along with other required computer science and computer engineering courses. A unique aspect to the major is a required nontechnical class.

“We want our cyber operations major to be interdisciplinary because cyber touches so many different areas,” said Dr. Seth Hamman, director of the Center for the Advancement of Cybersecurity. “Because cyber operations requires highly specialized skills, the bulk of the major will be technical, but it will also incorporate public policy, business, ethics and law.”

The National Security Agency (NSA) named Cedarville University a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations in 2018, a designation that only 21 other schools in the United States hold.

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“This new program will build on the success of our current cyber operations specialization, and it will continue to position Cedarville as a national leader in cybersecurity education,” said Dr. Thomas White, president of Cedarville University.

Cedarville’s computer science specialization in cyber operations received the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) cybersecurity accreditation. Cedarville’s program is one of only seven worldwide with the accreditation.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University has an enrollment of 4,380 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study.

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