Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I do if I already have credits in cybersecurity from a community college, and I want to transfer to WMU?

    Flexible transfer pathways are available for students. Please email wmu-cybersecurity@wmich.edu for more information on a seamless transfer experience, tailored to your needs.

  • How do I know a cybersecurity degree is right for me?

    Do you have an interest in technology, the big picture, providing solutions and being a part of a future-oriented industry that embraces what is next? Are you interested in protecting organizations and their data? If so, a degree in cybersecurity may be right for you.

  • How difficult is a cybersecurity degree?

    If you are willing to work hard, cultivate a passion for cybersecurity and focus on the fundamentals, WMU’s online degree in cybersecurity will lead to a rewarding career. In addition, WMU has many resources to assist you in academic and career advising to ensure your success.

  • How important is cybersecurity?

    Cybersecurity is critical for businesses and organizations of all types. Having a cybersecurity team in place is one of the best ways businesses can practice good risk management and prevent serious breaches. Companies are investing resources in hiring cybersecurity professionals, who must have a verified knowledge base and specific skills.

  • Are cybersecurity jobs in demand?

    Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing fields with job opportunities expected to grow 32% by 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employers who partner with WMU cite cybersecurity as an area with a shortage of qualified professionals, where employees are needed.

  • How does cybersecurity compare to other technology fields?

    IT professions provide many great career options. Cybersecurity is one of the fields with the most promising outlook for the future. With an average salary of $98,350, cybersecurity is one of the technology fields with the best compensation.

  • What cybersecurity certificates are best?

    There are many cybersecurity certificates that you can earn. The WMU cybersecurity program prepares you for the CompTIA Network+ and Security+ certification exams, which are two certifications employers seek in their entry-level positions. Additional certification opportunities will also be available.

  • There are many areas of cybersecurity, am I expected to be an expert in all of them?

    The online cybersecurity degree gives you a diversified knowledge base in cybersecurity. You will have working skills in many key areas that organizations are looking for when hiring new employees. Real-world business projects will help you practice your ability to apply different frameworks and generate solutions. Opportunities for certifications, internships and externships will help you become more advanced in the field, and you will be able to add immediate value to an organization upon graduation.