The Cybersecurity major at Avila

White-hat hackers. Threat Analysts. Cryptologists. Develop your analytical skills while putting theory into practice with hands-on lab training built into every class period. You’ll study alongside seasoned professors and industry leaders, not teaching assistants. You’ll graduate with the knowledge, critical thinking nimbleness, and experience to thrive in the rapidly changing world of cybersecurity.

Our curriculum is co-designed with an advisory board with representatives from national cybersecurity firms, corporate data security departments, and U.S. government security agents to the specifications of the National Security Agency’s Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) and Cyber Defense. Working alongside seasoned professionals and industry leaders ensures you graduate prepared to excel in this growing field.

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GO BEYOND THE LECTURE. Your classes will offer daily, hands-on lab training to analyze, test and detect malware using both static and dynamic analysis methods
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Are you interested in cybersecurity?
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Be Prepared for Your Career

Incoming first-year students are guaranteed access to an internship or research experience before graduation. Avila students have completed hands-on learning experiences at: 

  • Fishnet
  • Cerner
  • Burns & McDonnell

Avila Cybersecurity graduates are pursuing careers as:

  • Threat Analysts
  • Cryptologists
  • Information Security Analysts
Avila Cybersecurity graduates go on to work in a high-demand profession:
  • $98,000 – Median pay for Information Security Analysts in the United States
  • 32% — The projected growth rate of employment of information security analysts from 2018 to 2028

Transferring to Avila?

We work with you to make the most of your transfer credits so you’re on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

An Environment to Enhance your Education

Hooley-Bunschu Learning Commons

This is not your mother’s library. State-of-the-art study rooms, public workstations, tutoring services, and access to 50,000 on-campus volumes, plus millions of database articles await you.

Classroom in the Learning Commons

Guaranteed Internship Opportunities

All first-year undergraduate students are guaranteed an internship or research experience opportunity.

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Close to Everything Kansas City

At Avila, you’re only 15 minutes away from world-class museums, historical landmarks, professional sports venues, and centers of culture, commerce, and industry.

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Find Your Mentor

Avila’s faculty will challenge you, inspire you, and become more than just another teacher.

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“We’re focused on developing our students’ analytical skills in tandem with hands-on training to make sure they not only have a job out of college, but a career.”

– Khaled Alrawashdeh, Ph.D. assistant professor of computer science


Avila University Department of Cybersecurity, O’Rielly Hall
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City, MO 64145 / 816-501-8400

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