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Bellevue University Receives NSA Approval on Cybersecurity Program

Bellevue University's undergraduate cybersecurity program has been approved by the National Security Agency (NSA) through 2028.

The approval of the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program accompanies the University's institutional designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD). The University's Master of Science in Cybersecurity program was approved by the NSA in 2022. 

The CAE-CD designation and the program approvals indicate that an institution is helping to reduce threats to national infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense, as well as providing the nation with a pipeline of qualified cybersecurity professionals.

According to Bellevue University Cybersecurity Program Director Doug Rausch, “The United States is short of cybersecurity professionals and we need skilled workers. The CAE designation program helps raise awareness about the critical nature of the field and address the shortage of qualified professionals in the workforce.”

CAE-CD designation is awarded to accredited academic institutions offering cybersecurity degrees. The designation program is managed through the National Security Agency’s (NSA) National Cryptologic School.

Bellevue University has held the CAE-CD designation since 2014 and is currently one of four institutions in Nebraska to hold the designation. Metropolitan Community College, Northeast Community College and the University of Nebraska at Omaha also have received the CAE-CD designation.

About Bellevue University

Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with more than 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 80 degree programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (