Purdue University Global has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education through academic year 2025 for its Bachelor of Science degree in cybersecurity.

The Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence program. The goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability in national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and expertise in cyber defense.

All regionally accredited two-year, four-year and graduate-level institutions in the U.S. are eligible to apply to become a CAE-CD school. Institutions are designated based on their robust degree programs and close alignment to specific cybersecurity-related knowledge units, validated by top subject matter experts in the field. Applications are reviewed by a team of government personnel and peer reviewers.

“We are honored to become a part of the CAE-CD community,” said Tina Burton, associate dean for the School of Business and Information Technology. “I am very proud of our program and how it changes students’ lives while they are prepared for a successful career in cybersecurity.”

Purdue Global’s cybersecurity bachelor’s degree helps students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to protect companies from a wide range of cyber threats. The degree provides training designed to help students master the fundamentals of cybersecurity, recognize best practices and identify IT security threats and products.