4+1 Dual Degree – BS in Computer Science and MS in Cybersecurity

As computers and network devices continue to play a role in day-to-day operations for businesses, banks, hospitals, universities and government agencies, opportunities in cybersecurity will only increase. By combining computer science and cybersecurity expertise, you’ll be able to stand out in this highly competitive field.

From Computing Knowledge to Cybersecurity Expertise

Earn 2 Degrees in 5 Years

Take advantage of Western New York’s only 4+1 dual degree program in computer science and cybersecurity. Through our accelerated track, you can earn both a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Cybersecurity in just five years.

Competitive Advantages

  • Benefit from the region’s only dual-degree program in computer science and cybersecurity
  • Start the program as early as your freshman year
  • Complete your education in five years, as opposed to the usual six
  • Graduate as a highly desirable candidate with a solid foundation in both computer science and cybersecurity

An Interdisciplinary Focus

Similar to our regular undergraduate major in computer science, the accelerated track offers a well-rounded perspective consistent with the liberal arts core at Canisius. Along with technical expertise, you’ll develop the skills needed to thrive in the professional world—including written and oral communication, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking. Guided by Jesuit values, you’ll also cultivate a thoughtful approach to the ethical use of technology.

Connecting Concepts and Best Practices

You’ll quickly learn how to connect essential concepts in computer science with best practices in cybersecurity. Upper-level coursework—including topics in programming languages, operating systems and database systems—will routinely present problem-solving opportunities related to privacy, reliability and security.

Collaboration with Faculty

The 4+1 program will enable you to work with the same faculty mentors, providing a level of continuity for the instruction you’ll receive. You’ll collaborate on cutting-edge research in a number of areas, including efficient use and reclamation of memory, artificial intelligence techniques, robot simulators and 3D technology. All of our faculty are adept at teaching at both the undergraduate and the graduate level.

Experiential Learning

Working closely with faculty, you’ll gain valuable hands-on experience in our fully equipped, state-of-the-art cybersecurity lab. You’ll write parallel programs using our 12 networked computers and also practice with robots.