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Can I get Financial Aid at Hallmark University?

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Are you accredited?

Yes, Hallmark is accredited through the ACCSC(Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges).

How long are your class semesters/terms?

Our terms are 8 weeks long. This allows us to have 6 terms a year so there is no need to wait to apply.

Is Hallmark a 2 year or 4 year University?

We offer associate, bachelor, and master level degrees. We are not a trade school and we offer degrees which are found at both 2 year and 4 year colleges/universities. The biggest difference is that our degrees can be completed in nearly half the time of traditional universities.

Get Started TodayIn Cybersecurity

A world that depends on technology needs professionals who know how to defend it. Earning a cybersecurity bachelor’s degree prepares graduates to counter and outsmart hackers, secure vulnerabilities in systems, and support governments and organizations as their first line of defense.

Graduates with a cybersecurity degree from Hallmark University know the strategies and technologies hackers use to corrupt systems and steal information. Industry professionals with years of experience teach students in the cybersecurity bachelor’s degree, ensuring students learn from real-world examples, not only concepts.

Join a growing career field and enroll in Hallmark University’s cybersecurity bachelor’s degree. Learn more about our cybersecurity school and discover the vast career opportunities available to security professionals.

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ENGAGING SCENARIOSAND HANDS-ON TRAINING

Our Security Operations Center puts students in the shoes of cybersecurity analysts by recreating the atmosphere they will work in when they enter the cybersecurity field. Students will run cybersecurity scenarios where they will hack and defend and engage in simulations, so they are prepared when they face these challenges in their careers. Employers want experienced candidates, and this enhanced classroom experience allows our graduates to complete their cybersecurity bachelor’s degree ahead of others.

Earn Industry Certifications With Your Degree

Enhance your resume by earning industry certifications with your cybersecurity degree. The cybersecurity bachelor’s degree especially prepares students to test for valuable certifications that showcase their understanding of the industry. Graduate with top cybersecurity certifications and stand out to hiring managers.

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Each of our Information Technology programs is designed to leverage academic relationships from industry recognized vendors including; CompTIA, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, and more.

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Cybersecurity is Booming

Woman on laptop in front of server roomInformation Security Analysts HAVE AN ESTIMATED JOB GROWTH OF 32% FROM 2018 TO 2028 AND A MEDIAN SALARY OF $99,730.

– Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Growth
Cybersecurity positions are growing more than 6x faster than all occupations combined.

The outlook is promising for those entering the cybersecurity specialists job market, as cybersecurity job growth is projected at 32% for 2018-28, which is much greater than the 5% average of all occupations combined.

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SALARY OUTLOOK
Salaries for Information Security Analysts are nearly 4x the average of all occupations combined.

The BLS reports that Information Security Analysts’ median annual wages are $99,730 which is drastically better than the total of all occupations at $39,810. The highest 10% earned more than $158,860 highlighting the promising future these managers have.

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Earn ValuableIndustry Certifications

Our cybersecurity bachelor’s degree includes courses that prepare students to test for certifications that employers look for in new hires. Earn the best certifications in the industry alongside your cybersecurity degree to showcase your capabilities in the field.

Several certifications in the program are even covered by tuition, making it even easier to stand out to employers after graduating from Hallmark University’s cybersecurity school.

Certifications covered by tuition:

  • Comptia Security+
  • Comptia Network+
  • Cisco CCNA or EC-Council CEH
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Program Outline

A first-year student will begin the program by developing their critical thinking ability, communication skills, and the foundation needed for future development of quantitative reasoning through Arts and Sciences coursework.

The curriculum will follow with a set of core information technology courses. These are the courses needed to prepare the student to launch into their upper-level curriculum.

The upper-level curriculum is designed to produce well-rounded cybersecurity professionals.

The curriculum prepares the students for the ongoing innovation in cybersecurity technologies, policies and procedures and demonstrates how to contribute to the innovation while managing the risks involved.

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Courses
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    General and Core Courses
    Course #Course Title
    GOVT 2304

    Introduction to Political Science

    This course shall include an introductory survey of the discipline of political science. Topics include the Constitution, Federalism, Civil Liberties, politics and the media, Congress, and the Presidency. Students will develop vital collaborative and individual written communication skills through regular activities that involve group analysis, discussion, and synthesis of purpose.

    HUMA 1347

    Introduction to Character and Ethics

    This course is critical in introducing students to Hallmark University’s Character Education Program (HCEP) and Hallmark’s Seven Character traits that serve as the foundation of a student’s personal and professional journey at Hallmark. Students will be introduced to Kohlberg/Rest’s Stages of Moral Development and how this model impacts their beliefs, judgments, and decision-making framework. Students will complete the Defining Issues Test, Version 2 (DIT2) at the beginning of the course. Students will weigh their values, morals, and ethical foundations, considering their own character development and understanding based Kohlberg/Rest’s framework. They will connect how their character informs and moral development influences judgments and decision-making processes. Students will also be introduced to the Career Services Policy. This is a required course and transfer credits will not be accepted as a substitute.

    PSYC 2301

    General Psychology

    This course is designed to aid students in learning to identify and understand the different areas of the brain, the nervous system, learning theory, memory function, and personality development. Students will also learn about and discuss social psychology, stress, psychopathology and treatment methods.

    ENGL 1301

    Composition I

    The course shall include an introductory study of the writing process. Topics include research, drafting, revising, peer editing, and proper citation. There will be an emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Additionally, this course will introduce effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions.

    ENGL 1302

    Composition II

    This course shall include an exploration of business writing and practices. Topics include instructional business writing, informative business writing, persuasive business writing, and transactional business writing, with an emphasis on pathos, ethos, and logos persuasion techniques.
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1301

    PHIL 2321

    Contemporary Moral Issues

    This course provides an examination of major ethical and moral theories and how they afford a rational approach to specific moral issues and a rational basis for resolving moral conflict. Discussion of the concepts of good, virtue, duty, responsibility, civil authority, law, state, and religion. Emphasis on philosophical discussion may be placed on medical, information technology, and business ethics. Emphasis will be on the application theories to cases.

    MATH 1314

    College Algebra

    This course shall include a study of quadratics; polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; systems of equations; progressions; sequences and series; and matrices and determinants.

    MATH 2305

    Math for IT

    The MATH2305 course provides information technology students a deeper understanding of base 2 (binary), base 8 (octal), and base 16 (hexadecimal) numbering systems to be able to have a better understanding of conversions for network and security to include hashing and cryptography.

    SPCH 1311

    Introduction to Speech Communication

    This course shall include theories and practices of communication including the verbal and nonverbal components of communication. Topics include listening and communication in interpersonal relationships. In this course, students will also learn the components of delivering a speech and how to construct and present informative and persuasive speeches.

    SPCH 1321

    Professional Communications

    This course aids students with the practice of speech communication in professional situations. Topics include applying for a career and negotiation of salary and benefits, as well as proper interviewing techniques and professional writing methods within a business environment.

    MGMT 3317

    Management Information Systems

    The course examines the use of technology in organizational settings by providing a basic understanding of information systems and the management decision making involved. Topics include use and control of information; acquiring and maintaining a competitive edge and how technology impacts individuals, organizations, and society. Students will also register and join the SAP Community Network (SCN), navigate the various SAP applications used in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

    ITCC 1314

    CCENT: Routing and Switching Essentials

    This course is part two in a series of four courses in the Cisco Networking Academy program CCNA Track. This hands-on course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. Students will also learn to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with virtual LANs and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. This course will also cover the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network.
    Prerequisite: ITCC 1311

    ITCC 2318

    CCNA: Scaling Networks

    This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in larger and more complex networks. Students learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement a WLAN in a small-to-medium network.
    Prerequisite: ITCC 1311 and ITCC 1314

    ITCC 2320

    CCNA: Connecting Networks

    This course is part four of the four-part series of courses in the Cisco Networking Academy program CCNA Track. In this hands-on course discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables students to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network.
    Prerequisite: ITCC 1311, ITCC 1314, and ITCC 2318

    CPMT 1351

    IT Essentials: PC Hardware & Software

    This course is part of a series of Core IT courses essential to every degree path at Hallmark. This hands-on course is designed to introduce students to the hardware and software components of the modern personal computer workstation. Lectures, lab projects, and assignments reinforce skills as they are learned. Specific topic coverage includes introduction to the personal computer, safe lab procedures and tool use, step-by-step computer assembly, basics of preventative maintenance and troubleshooting, fundamental operating systems, fundamental laptops and portable devices, fundamental printers and scanners, fundamental networks, fundamental security, communication skills, advanced personal computers, advanced operating systems, advanced laptops and portable devices, advanced printers and scanners, advanced networks and advanced security.

    CPMT 1352

    Networking Essentials

    This course is part of a series of Core IT courses essential to every degree path at Hallmark. In this course, students are introduced to basic networking concepts, terminology and essential tasks involved in network support and administration. Other topics include a detailed nomenclature of terms and concepts used in networking systems, an introduction to the OSI model, basic subnetting, and other related topics. Students who complete this course will be prepared to successfully take and pass the CompTIA Network+ certification test.
    Prerequisite: CPMT 1347 and CPMT 1348, or CPMT 1351

    CPMT 2398

    Introductory Certifications

    The introductory certifications course provides the students the opportunity to select and complete one of the many certifications that fall into the introductory category to meet industry requirements and needs. Certifications include but are not limited to CompTIA A+, CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+. This goal of this course is to provide students with at least one introductory certification in a comprehensive class devoted to the certification proves.

    CPMT 2399

    Intermediate Certifications

    The intermediate certifications course provides the students the opportunity to select and complete one of the many certifications that fall into the intermediate category to meet industry requirements and needs. Certifications currently include but are not limited Cisco CCNA and other needed certifications as determined by industry. This goal of this course is to provide students with at least one introductory certification in a comprehensive class devoted to the certification proves.

    CPMT 3305

    IT Project Management

    This course is intended to introduce broad concepts in information technology project management as it relates to the systems
    development life cycle in modern information technology operations. The course will start with the definition of a project and the triple constraints of scope, schedule, and cost concerning the quality of outcomes. Students will also learn how to plan, schedule, cost, and manage an information technology project from beginning to end.

    CPMT 4398

    Advanced Certifications

    The advanced certifications course provides the students the opportunity to select and complete one of the many certifications that fall into the introductory category to meet industry requirements and needs. Certifications include but are not limited to Microsoft MCSA, Cisco CCNA, EC Council CEH, ISC2 SSCP. The goal of this course is to provide students one of the advanced certifications offered by Hallmark University in a comprehensive class devoted to the certification process.

    CIST 1310

    Introduction to Computer Programming

    This course is part of a series of Core IT courses essential to every degree path at Hallmark. In Introduction to Programming, students will study the three major types of programming languages: assembled, compiled, and interpreted. Most of the focus of the course, however, and all of the hands-on exercises, are aimed at developing, debugging, and successfully testing partial and complete programs in Python. Other topics include the history of various programming languages including Python, programming techniques used by industry today. Students will have to solve a problem by writing, debugging and finally completing a fully functional program written in Python.

    BCIS 3306

    Introduction to Network Management and Convergence

    The course examines management strategies and implications for current and emerging technologies and their application in real-world business settings. Students in this course are presented with concepts in the management of IT Convergent Networks delivering Voice & Data, Data & Video Imaging, Voice over Data Internet Protocols, IP Telephony Architecture, Topologies, and Security and their potential application to an existing or emerging business environment.

    BCIS 4365

    Database Management

    This course concentrates on the process of database design. Students will understand how to plan, analyze, implement, and maintain Database Management Systems (DBMS). Students will use relational DBMS software to store, access and manage data and learn how to utilize the information to facilitate decision-making. Students learn how to incorporate business management and network management principals to support organizational goals. Problem resolution in an enterprise environment is emphasized.

    ITSC 1309

    Integrated Software Applications

    This course is designed to aid students in the development of critical-thinking skills needed to diagnose, troubleshoot, and solve typical issues encountered by end-users of workstations. These skills will prepare students to complete tasks associated with helpdesk and technical customer service. Also, this course will include an introduction to Microsoft Excel, a popular and complex business application.

    ITNW 1313

    Computer Virtualization

    Implement and support virtualization of clients of servers in a networked computing environment. This course explores installation, configuration, and management of computer virtualization workstation and servers. This course will prepare you for the VMware Certified Professional Certification Exam.

    ITNW 1393

    Introduction to the Linux Operating System

    This course is part of a series of Core IT courses essential to every degree path at Hallmark. In this course, students will learn how to use the Command Line Interface (CLI) using the Linux operating system. Students will learn the various kinds of Linux distros, how to download, install, and access the Linux command line interface, and various other system administration tasks. Students will take weekly exams to reinforce their mixed media learning experiences. They will also take an experience-based final examination that emphasizes skills demonstration rather than concept memorization.
    Prerequisite: CPMT 1351

    ITNW 2394

    Advanced Linux for Security Professionals

    This course prepares students to become advanced penetration testers and security auditors using an optimized Linux distribution built for security researchers. Students will use a variety of tools designed for a wide array of information security tasks including information gathering, vulnerability analysis, password attacks, stress and penetration testing, digital forensics and malware analysis. The course is intended to train future security professionals and IT administrators by using an all-in-one solution to test the security of networks and systems. The course also teaches risk mitigation strategies, penetration testing standards, and Linux configuration details.
    Prerequisite: ITNW 1393

    ITSY 1300

    Fundamentals of Information Security

    This course is an introduction to information security including vocabulary and terminology, ethics, the legal environment, and risk management. Other topics include identification of exposures and vulnerabilities and appropriate countermeasures, as well as the importance of appropriate planning, policies, and controls. This course will prepare students to successfully take and pass CompTIA’s Security+ Certification Exam.
    Prerequisite: CPMT 1352

    ITMT 3382

    Advanced Client Operation Systems

    Microsoft Windows 10 Certification 70-697: Configuring Windows Devices. Students master configuration or support for Windows
    10 computers, devices, users, and associated network and security resources. Those in this IT Professional career field are prepared to work with networks configured as a domain-based or peer-to-peer environment with access to the Internet and cloud services. Also, these IT Professionals will have mastered the skills required to be a consultant, full-time desktop support technician, or IT generalist who administers Windows 10-based computers and devices as a portion of their broader technical responsibilities. Additional skills addressed in this course are the following: install and upgrade to Windows 10, configure access to resources, configure remote access and mobility, monitor and maintain Windows clients, and configure backup and recovery options.

    ITMT 3314

    Advanced Microsoft Systems Installation, Storage and Compute

    Microsoft Certification 70-740: Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016. This course is one in a series of three courses designed to prepare you for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows 2016 certification. This course provides in-depth coverage of the 70-740 certification exam objectives and focuses on the skills you need to install and configure Windows Server 2016. This course will offer an in-depth knowledge of Windows Server 2016, including installation, local and remote management, file and storage services, Hyper-V virtualization, and high availability. You will also get hands-on experience working with Microsoft’s newest server features including Storage Spaces Direct, PowerShell Direct, Nano Server, and Windows containers. Throughout the course, live virtual machine labs based on the hands-On projects within the readings let you experience firsthand the processes involved in Windows Server 2016 configuration and management.

    ITMT 3316

    Advanced Microsoft Systems Networking

    Microsoft Certification 70-741: Networking with Windows Server 2016. This course is one in a series of three courses designed to prepare you for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows 2016 certification. This course provides in-depth coverage of the 70-741 certification exam objectives and focuses on the skills you need to administer networking features and functionalities available in Windows Server 2016. This course provides familiarity with implementing and managing DNS, DHCP, and IPAM, as well as deploying remote access solutions such as VPN and RADIUS. Students will also gain experience managing DFS and branch cache solutions, configuring high-performance network features and functionality, and implementing Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions such as Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) and Network Controller.
    Prerequisite: ITMT3314

    Cybersecurity
    Course #Course Title
    CYSEC 2305

    Introduction to Cybersecurity

    Introduction to Cybersecurity provides an introductory study of cybersecurity terminology, principles, and technologies. Fundamental topics covered include cyber threats and vulnerabilities, information security frameworks, network infrastructure security, wireless network security, cryptography, defense in depth security strategy, information security policy, and security management. The goal is to develop a foundation for further study in cybersecurity.

    CYSEC 4302

    Cryptography and Computer Security

    This course will review security mechanisms for protecting information in computer systems and networks. Includes cryptography and its applications to security services in distributed systems, the mathematics of cryptography, access control, protection models, security policies, and design of secure systems, firewalls, and intrusion detection.

    CYSEC 4303

    Hacking and Countermeasures

    This course is designed to immerse the student into an interactive environment where they will be shown how to scan, test, hack and secure information systems. The student will gain in-depth knowledge and practical experience with essential security systems, and become prepared to succeed on the Certified Ethical Hacker certification from EC-Council. This course covers a plethora of offensive security topics ranging from how perimeter defenses work, to scanning and attacking simulated networks. A wide variety of tools, viruses, and malware is presented in the course providing a complete understanding of the tactics and tools used by hackers. By gaining a thorough understanding of how hackers operate, the student will learn how to set up strong countermeasures and defensive systems to protect an organization’s critical infrastructure and information.

    CYSEC 4321

    Security and Risk Management

    The Security and Risk Management domain entails the identification of an organization’s information assets and the development of documentation implementation and update of policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines that ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Management tools such as data classification, risk assessments, and risk analysis are used to identify threats, classify assets, and to rate their vulnerabilities so that effective security measures and controls can be implemented.
    Prerequisite: ITSY 1300

    CYSEC 4322

    Asset Security

    This course covers asset security best practices including classification techniques and asset security ownership. A student will explore privacy protection considerations, including data remanence and collection limitations. Students will learn about best practices for media, hardware, and personnel retention, and techniques for determining the most appropriate data security controls like scoping, tailoring and cryptography. A student will gain a deep understanding of information classification categories, how they apply to various information types, what is required to ensure that the data is protected while at rest, in use and in motion. The student will understand how data classification assists with the identification of critical assets and how to determine the appropriate level of security controls necessary to protect that data. This Asset Security Course provides the student with the framework and policies, concepts, principles, structures, and standards used to establish criteria for the protection of information assets and to assess the effectiveness of that protection. It includes issues of data ownership, retention and destruction, and privacy issues. It also emphasizes the power of administrative, technical and physical controls required for the effective protection of the confidentiality, integrity, and the availability of information assets.

    CYSEC 4323

    Security Engineering

    This course is one of three tactical-level cybersecurity courses. In Security Engineering, students will learn how to design the implementation and monitoring of information technology assets. Other topics include those controls used to enforce various levels of confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
    Prerequisite: CYSEC 4321

    CYSEC 4324

    Communication and Network Security

    Communications & Network Security pertains to the security management and risk assessment of a network, computer system, and overall environment. To thwart attacks and keep information secure, it is essential for security professionals to fully understand all aspects of secure communication protocols, authentication protocols, and the steps necessary to identify system vulnerabilities and how to develop and implement mitigation strategies to secure the network devices. One of the primary activities within communication & network security is detecting and responding to security-related incidents. In this course, you’ll learn about network device discovery, port scanning, fingerprinting, web application scanning, wireless scanning, and the utilization of network monitoring tools. This course also covers how to use vulnerability scanning tools to detect potential vulnerabilities and tools and tactics used to mitigate the attack surfaces within the network.
    Prerequisite: CYSEC 4321

    CYSEC 4325

    Identity and Access Management

    Identity and access management (IAM) is at the heart of security management and is key to maintaining a
    secure environment. Compromising identity is the main aim of most attacks on data confidentiality. In this
    course, you’ll learn about physical and logical access control, the proper management of identity and
    identification of the identity lifecycle, and attacks to access control and their mitigation. You’ll also learn
    about the design and components of network systems, how to implement secure systems, and how to
    mitigate common attacks. Identity and access management deals with how users within an organization are given an identity – and how it is protected, including saving critical applications, data, and systems from unauthorized access while managing the identities and access rights of people both inside and outside the organization. Identity and access management has to do with the efficiency and effectiveness of controls. Are the controls doing the right thing in an intelligent way? How can we align these controls with the business processes for a mature solution?
    Prerequisite: CYSEC 4321

    CYSEC 4326

    Security Assessment and Testing

    This course is one of three tactical-level cybersecurity courses and concludes the cybersecurity track. Security Assessment and Testing covers the techniques used to manage the risks involved in developing, producing, operating, and sustaining systems and capabilities. In this course students will learn to develop assessment and testing strategies, test security controls, evaluate testing outputs and attack or defend the vulnerabilities in security architecture.
    Prerequisite: CYSEC 4322, CYSEC 4325, and ITNW 2394

Can I get Financial Aid at Hallmark University?

Yes. Hallmark University is approved for federal financial aid, scholarships, and U.S. veterans benefits.

Are you accredited?

Yes, Hallmark is accredited through the ACCSC(Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges).

How long are your class semesters/terms?

Our terms are 8 weeks long. This allows us to have 6 terms a year so there is no need to wait to apply.

Is Hallmark a 2 year or 4 year University?

We offer associate, bachelor, and master level degrees. We are not a trade school and we offer degrees which are found at both 2 year and 4 year colleges/universities. The biggest difference is that our degrees can be completed in nearly half the time of traditional universities.