Who We Are
At CyberDegrees.org, we strive to provide accurate, up-to-date information for cybersecurity training and careers. Readers can find rankings of the best cybersecurity schools and programs. We also offer career and educational guides, plus links to helpful professional resources.
Our team uses the most reputable sources and data to relay critical information to our readers in accessible formats. We clearly outline our methodologies to make sure aspiring students understand how we formulate our rankings.
We set out to help readers identify which tech careers and programs line up with their strengths and interests. By providing learners with the most detailed information available, we hope to encourage promising candidates to take advantage of this rapidly growing field.
Our mission is to help prospective students align their technology career goals with their educational paths, preparing them to enter this fast-growing industry and help evolve technological security.
What We Do
To give aspiring cyber professionals comprehensive support, we offer information on academic programs, educational resources, along with career guides and pathways. We create detailed rankings on the best tech colleges, programs, and careers in the country, highlighting aspects of each that would appeal to prospective students.
Throughout our site, readers can find information on various cyber-focused degrees, certifications, and training programs. Our rankings sort the best programs by location and degree type. We also highlight an array of training courses and programs to complement technology training.
Since career planning can never start too early, our team lays out many possible educational pathways. We explore where each path might lead professionally and how students can maximize these routes to meet their career goals. Our career guides may also help learners match their skills and educational interests to a profession or industry.
Much of our work helps aspiring cybersecurity professionals plan and start their careers. Our guides support prospective, current, and former students, providing detailed information on various fields and professions in the technology industry. This information includes salary potential and projected career trends. We also explore standard educational requirements for those careers.
In addition to information for traditional students, we provide resources for current professionals who want to change or advance their careers. We offer resources on continuing education and professional training, tailored for working people. These guides can help even the most experienced professionals find new career paths.
How We Work
To provide accurate degree and career information, we use only reliable data. We source information from reputable government and industry sources. Our content follows a transparent methodology to ensure our resources and rankings hold the utmost value for prospective students.
For data about degree types and accreditation, we rely on information provided by the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Department of Education . For career guides, salary projections, job growth, and industry trends and forecasts, we use information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics .
We also collaborate with industry experts, current students, and recent graduates to gather accurate, representative information. We aim to paint a realistic picture of programs, campuses, and job sites for prospective students and professionals. For program details, we typically use information and resources provided by each department and school.
Our team uses modern technologies, such as big data and machine learning, to identify the most useful and valuable trends for our readers. This method allows us to pinpoint current and future professional opportunities and possible areas of growth. We provide substantial evidence of our findings, plus additional sources and links so that readers can verify the data themselves.
The data informing our guides is publicly available. Our specialized team works to distill this data and translate it into concise, accessible content. We seek to provide our readers with a central hub for quick and easy access to information on cyber degrees and careers.
Why We Focus on Education
Our overarching purpose is to help people find the appropriate educational paths to satisfy their career goals.
With so many STEM programs leading to careers in cybersecurity and related fields, we strive to help readers connect with the best pathways for their specific interests and goals. By highlighting degree specifics like curricula, concentrations, and delivery methods, we hope to help students make informed decisions and choose their ideal education.
With this level of information, we empower learners to plan for their education with specific careers in mind. Prospective students can pursue the right courses, concentrations, and internships to get where they want to go. We aim to help people realize their full potential, assisting students in carving their paths in the tech field.
In turn, this also helps the technology and cybersecurity industry. We provide aspiring professionals with the information and resources to start and advance their technical careers. The industry then improves with an influx of talented, dedicated, well-trained professionals.
In addition to guiding prospective students to their optimal career paths, we strive to help readers increase their mobility in the cybersecurity and technology fields. We provide readers with a wealth of information about options and opportunities, hoping to encourage more people to develop their careers through higher education.
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Meet Our Contributors
Our writers at CyberDegrees.org use their tech knowledge and research skills to explore and educate on these topics. Our professional writers love learning about new subjects and sharing their knowledge. Their backgrounds and educational experiences, reaching up to the Ph.D. level, provide variety and help prevent bias in our content.
Our writers transform complex cybersecurity topics into easy-to-read material for those new to the field. They find and provide useful information on cybersecurity careers and programs, including cost, length, and format. We use trustworthy, primary sources in the tech field, such as the Computing Technology Industry Association , to inform our content. Learn more about our writers below.
Mary Blowers | Brit Brogaard | Terrisha Buckley | William Capella | Nina Chamlou | Susan Emeagwali | Timon Kaple, Ph.D. | Victoria Leigh | Vanesha McGee | Ashley Reid | Melissa Sartore | Liz Simmons | Kathleen Swed | Sara Walters | Holland Webb | Audrey Webster | Meg Whitenton | Cynthia Widmayer | Doug Wintemute
Mary Blowers holds an MA in literature and a BA in secondary English education from Central Washington University. Her literary specializations include feminist, gender, and popular culture studies of American modernism. Mary also writes about education, travel, and money management. In addition to CyberDegrees.org, she is published on several online outlets including TeachingDegree.org, Nurse Practitioner Schools, Million Mile Secrets, Bankrate, Safety.com, and The Simple Dollar.
Brit Brogaard is a writer based in Miami, Florida. She has prior writing experience as a freelancer, essayist, and content writer. In her spare time, she likes to watch The Office for the umpteenth time and walk her dog, James, on the beach.
Terrisha Buckley is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a BS in biology and 14 years of freelance writing experience, including academic publications and small press work. She has written for numerous clients and publications like Trends of Veterinary Medicine and the DiaTribe Foundation. She enjoys writing content with a moderate to high degree of research involved and takes pride in growing as a writer.
Will Capella is a freelance writer based out of Southwest Ohio and a former section editor for The Evansville Review. He holds a bachelor of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Evansville and over the past 2.5 years has written career guides and articles about cars and AI. When he's not working, he finds new quotes and newspaper clippings to hang on his office wall.
Nina Chamlou is a Portland, Oregon native with a passion for creating relevant content that every reader can understand. She has written about higher education, healthcare, social justice issues, aviation, and technology. You can find her floating around the Pacific Northwest's funky cafes and observing the locale from behind her Macbook.
Susan Emeagwali began her career in newspapers as a journalist before making the transition to magazine writing/editing and online content development. Her areas of specialization include STEM programs, workforce development, and psychological science. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in the United Kingdom.
Timon Kaple, Ph.D., is a full-time writer and researcher. His work focuses on sociolinguistics, small-group folklore, the anthropology of sound, higher education, and student support services. He has experience as an ethnographer and enjoys conducting fieldwork and archival research.
Victoria Leigh is a professional writer and entrepreneur based in South Texas. She is a proud alumna of Texas State University. Victoria holds a bachelor of arts in English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in music. When not writing, Victoria plays social media manager and personal assistant to her internet-famous dog, Nelson the bull terrier.
Vanesha McGee is a full-time writer living in Denver, Colorado. She holds an MS.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Temple University. Vanesha has 10 years of experience as an educator and five years of professional writing expertise. She is also a photographer and poet, producing creative pieces that uplift stories of the Black community.
After studying architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, Ashley Reid discovered that writing was more her passion. She has written and edited professionally for over seven years. Ashley has a diverse portfolio that includes creating curriculum and editing novels. She is currently pursuing a degree in elementary and special education at Grand Canyon University with hopes of using her expertise to serve impoverished communities.
Melissa Sartore holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her BA and MA in history are from Western Illinois University. A medievalist by training, she has published on outlawry in medieval England with additional publications on outlaws in popular culture and across geographic and historical boundaries. She also writes for several online outlets, notably Ranker.com, and provides her own sarcastic take on historical events at History According to Snark .
Liz Simmons is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience. She specializes in higher education, history, and culture. Liz holds a BA in anthropology from the University of Colorado and master's degrees in urban studies (Portland State University) and library and information science (the University of British Columbia). She lives in Denver with her family.
Kathleen Swed is a full-time writer living in New York's Capital Region. She holds an MFA with a concentration in fiction from Pacific University as well as degrees in music from the University of Maine and Ithaca College. She is the author of several science fiction series, which she writes under the name of Kate Sheeran Swed.
Sara Walters holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Tennessee and an MFA in creative writing from the University of South Florida, where she also earned her BA in English. Sara's first young adult novel, The Violent Season, is out in October 2021, with a second novel to follow in the fall of 2022. You can find her at saradoesthings.com .
Holland's goal as a writer is to put storytelling elements to work for businesses with great ideas. In addition to writing content for CyberDegrees.org and serving as a featured writer on Compose.ly, he has written web content for a major hotel chain with locations in North and South America, Asia, and Europe. Holland's other clients have included Sweet Fish Media, Indri Digital, and BioNetwork. He specializes in crafting content for education marketing, B2B technology companies, and nonprofits. He also co-hosts a podcast called "The Afterword," which looks at the intersection of macrotrends and storytelling.
Audrey Webster is a freelance writer based in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2017 with a bachelor of arts in English and has been professionally writing for over four years. Her writing specialties include education, wellness, and travel. In addition to writing, Audrey spends her time rock climbing, traveling, and reading.
Megan Whitenton received her bachelor of fine arts from California Institute of the Arts and holds more than a decade of experience as an art educator. She worked in web marketing and public relations for major arts organizations. She also produces dynamic web content for fields including higher education, the visual arts, and healthcare. A staff writer since 2012, she is among Red Ventures Education's most veteran content contributors.
Cynthia Widmayer is a Midwest-based business writer helping small enterprises, solopreneurs, and creatives tell their brand story with engaging web content since 2013. Her bylines can be found in Bankrate, Metacritic, CNET, and The Simple Dollar, among others. She has a background in mass communication, and is an adult romance novelist on the side.
Doug Wintemute is a Toronto-based freelance writer with professional writing interests in higher learning and entertainment. He completed his BA and MA in English at York University, graduating summa cum laude and earning academic merit, research, and writing awards at both levels. Since 2014, he has contributed content and editorial work for award-winning digital trade publications, global SEO copywriting projects, and hugely popular online brands. Contact him on LinkedIn .
Meet Our Reviewers
To make sure our content is ironclad, we pay specialized contributors to review content related to their field of expertise. These reviewers act as an additional filter in the editing process, ensuring our content meets a high standard and delivers the best experience for our readers.
Our Freelance Review Network personnel have spent years in industries such as computer science, cybersecurity, and college administration. Others specialize in topics like anti-bias. Along with checking for accuracy, reviewers provide feedback to our editorial team and highlight any missing information. Reviewers can also identify individual phrases or words that could be misleading to readers who are unfamiliar with the industry.
Whenever a reviewer contributes to an article, their bio appears at the bottom of the page. Read more about each of them below.
Monali Mirel Chuatico | Angelique Geehan | Dr. Pamela "Safisha Nzingha" Hill, Ph.D. | Dr. Michael J. Kirchner, Ph.D. | Brian Nichols
Monali Mirel Chuatico
In 2019, Monali Mirel Chuatico graduated with her bachelor's in computer science, which gave her the foundation that she needed to excel in roles such as a data engineer, front-end developer, UX designer, and computer science instructor.
Monali is currently a data engineer at Mission Lane. As a data analytics captain at a nonprofit called COOP Careers , Monali helps new grads and young professionals overcome underemployment by teaching them data analytics tools and mentoring them on their professional development journey.
Monali is passionate about implementing creative solutions, building community, advocating for mental health, empowering women, and educating youth. Monali's goal is to gain more experience in her field, expand her skill set, and do meaningful work that will positively impact the world.
Monali Mirel Chuatico is a paid member of the Red Ventures Education freelance review network.
Angelique Geehan works to support and repair the connections people have with themselves and their families, communities, and cultural practices. A queer, Asian, gender binary-nonconforming parent, Geehan founded Interchange, a consulting group that offers anti-oppression support. She organizes as part of several groups, including the National Perinatal Association's Health Equity Workgroup, the Health and Healing Justice Committee of the National Queer and Trans Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance, QTPOC+ Family Circle, and Batalá Houston.
Angelique Geehan is a paid member of the Red Ventures Education freelance review network.
Dr. Pamela 'Safisha Nzingha' Hill, Ph.D.
Pamela "Safisha Nzingha" Hill, Ph.D. , is a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant; Afrocentric scholar; activist; journalist; educator; student development practitioner; and life student of Africana studies.
For over 20 years Dr. Hill has worked in higher education in both student development and academic affairs. She has served as a mid-level student affairs administrator in positions of assistant dean of students, diversity director, and assistant vice president, as well as adjunct assistant professor teaching in the areas of higher education, humanities, developmental writing, African American studies, and social work.
As a student-centered educator/consultant, she is experienced at developing culturally based curricula and conducting specialized professional development sessions on cultural competency and sensitivity educational training within academic and organizational settings. Additionally, she has lectured at a number of colleges and universities across the nation on issues pertinent to the Black experience and multiculturalism in higher education.
Dr. Hill is a proud graduate of Langston University — Oklahoma's only Historically Black University — where she received a bachelor of arts degree in broadcast journalism. Additionally, she holds a master of science in college teaching/student personnel services from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, and she earned a Ph.D. in higher and adult education with an emphasis in student development and minors in Black studies and educational counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia — one of the nation's top-tier Research I institutions.
She holds membership in the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Langston University Alumni Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is the proud mother of a daughter, Safisha Nzingha, who is a student at Langston University.
Dr. Hill sees her life mission as moving people forward through the vehicle of culturally grounded education.
Dr. Hill is a paid member of the Red Ventures Education freelance review network.
Dr. Michael J. Kirchner, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael J. Kirchner is an assistant professor of organizational leadership at Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he teaches courses in leadership and human resource development. Dr. Kirchner also serves as the campus' veteran resource center director.
Previously, Kirchner oversaw the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Military and Veterans Resource Center, where he guided programming for the campus' 1,500+ military-affiliated student population. Under his leadership (2013-2016), the campus built a nationally recognized "military-college-career" framework focusing on supporting student veteran transitions.
Kirchner earned his Ph.D. in human resource development from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research on career transitions and leadership development has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Human Resource Development Quarterly, Advances in Developing Human Resources, New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, and Industrial and Commercial Training.
Kirchner is the founder and president of Time for Development LLC, where he provides consulting to organizations on military-friendly programming, human resource development strategy, and training design. He served for a year in Baghdad, Iraq, from 2004-2005 as part of the U.S. Army National Guard.
Kirchner is a paid member of the Red Ventures Education freelance review network.
Born and raised in upstate New York, Brian Nichols began his IT education through a vocational high school where he focused on computer science, IT fundamentals, and networking. Brian then went to his local community college, where he received his associate of science in computer information science. He then received his bachelor of science in applied networking and system administration from a private college. Brian now lives in Kansas City, where he works full-time as a DevOps engineer. Brian is also a part-time instructor in cybersecurity. He's passionate about cybersecurity and helping students succeed.
Brian Nichols is a paid member of the Red Ventures Education freelance review network.