Cybersecurity Management/Cybersecurity Leadership 4+1

  • B.S.
  • MBA
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • On Campus
  • Business and Security Studies

Rivier's 4+1 program provides you with a streamlined, integrated academic experience that will fast track your career.

Why Study Cybersecurity at Rivier?

Rivier’s Cybersecurity/MBA 4+1 Program allows you to complete a B.S. in Cybersecurity Management in your first four years—fewer if you are a transfer or highly motivated student—and apply for the one-year MBA in Cybersecurity Leadership in your senior year.

Taught by industry experts and dedicated researchers in the field, our Cybersecurity Management program will prepare you to face modern cybersecurity challenges and maintain the integrity of networks, programs, and data.

In the B.S. in Cybersecurity Management program, you will:

  • Learn industry-standard technical skills
  • Develop your critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills
  • Deepen your information literacy and intercultural knowledge

Fall 2024 Grants – Incoming Cybersecurity Management majors are eligible for a Security Innovation Grant. First-time, first-year students will be awarded a $3,000 grant each year, renewable for four years for a total of $12,000 in financial support, in addition to a competitive financial aid package. This grant award supports students pursuing degrees in security studies.

Watch the video to learn more about the education of Cybersecurity Management students at Rivier University!

Learn in Leading-Edge Facilities

Rivier’s Cybersecurity Labs were built in 2022 as part of a complete renovation of the Business and Security Studies educational and administrative spaces. The facility includes cybersecurity labs that mirror a professional security operations center, collaboration spaces, a technology hub, and office suites.

These modern spaces align with Rivier’s focus on experiential learning; they provide students with the opportunity to learn in environments similar to the real-world labs and offices where they’ll work in their first professional positions. Engaging with advanced technologies and working collaboratively instills confidence and prepares students for greater success when they enter the workforce. 

Get Ready for the World

The undergraduate program requires you to complete at least one internship and provides plenty of opportunities to apply classroom learning to real-world challenges, building practical skills as well as an impressive resume.

Outside of the classroom, you can sharpen your skills by joining the Gaming League, the Business Student Association, or the Model United Nations Team. Additionally, various study abroad experiences ranging from faculty-led, week-long study tours to a semester abroad are available to all students.

A Commitment to Quality

Rivier’s undergraduate programs in Business Administration, Business Management, Finance, Marketing, Sport Management, Cybersecurity Management, and MBA programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Bringing nearly three decades of experience in global security operations to the classroom, Major Russell Norris is a retired Marine Corps Officer. He served as a Strategic Planner and Analyst at U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command Headquarters—leading joint, interagency, and multinational engagements. Professor Norris directs the security program at Rivier and is proud to develop the new generation of cybersecurity leaders.

Interview with Russell Norris

Graduate Studies

Rivier’s traditional MBA in Cybersecurity Leadership degree is a 36-credit program. However, if you enroll within one year after completing your Cybersecurity Management degree, you will be considered for the 30-credit MBA program.

To be eligible for the Cybersecurity/MBA 4+1 Program, you must:

  • Complete your Bachelor of Science degree prior to entering your fifth year
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 before your senior year
  • Submit all required application materials to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions within one year of graduating

The curriculum focuses on both quantitative and qualitative skills development and incorporates applications-based learning using new technologies, global perspectives, and ethics-based best practices. Small classes with personal attention from faculty help you develop strong skills and relationships that can last a lifetime.

Pursuing this advanced degree offers IT professionals and career changers the knowledge and credentials to pursue top-level management roles—to lead and manage personnel and cybersecurity initiatives within modern organizations, as well as to anticipate and address ever-evolving challenges in the digital landscape.

Where Will Your Degrees Take You?

Rivier’s 4+1 program offers students a wide range of career options.


  • Malware Analyst
  • Security Solutions Architect
  • Global Security Director
  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • Business Information Security Officer (BISO)
  • FBI Special Agent: Cybersecurity
  • A host of other positions across every industry

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Prepare to enter the competitive job market with confidence by earning your B.S. in Cybersecurity Management/M.S. in Computer Science degree.