Online Associate in Cybersecurity Programs

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Online associate degrees in cybersecurity can lead to great careers—but it’s important to be realistic about your goals. You want a distance learning program that’s going to treat you seriously, advance your employment opportunities, and keep you on track. Before you sign on any dotted line, consider the following:

Decide whether you want to transfer credits. 
A huge percentage of cybersecurity job postings (i.e. over 80%) want to see candidates with a bachelor’s degree or higher. If you’re thinking of continuing your education, be sure that your online AS credits can be easily transferred to a college or university of your choice.
Compare admissions requirements to find the best fit.
Don’t be scared by schools that require good scores on math & English placement tests—it means that the program is putting a strong emphasis on academics. However, if you’re a working professional who’s tackling college after a long break, you’ll also find programs with minimal entry requirements (e.g. high school diploma or GED only). Choose the best match.
Request a course demo.
Learning tech skills through online learning can be difficult, especially if concepts are new and you don’t have much support around you. Do a test run of a course to see if you’re willing to commit.
Consider reviews & rankings.
Read student reviews on Quora. Talk to alumni of the program (LinkedIn can be helpful here). U.S. News & World Report doesn’t assess online associate degrees, but universities that offer 4-year degrees (e.g. Dakota State University) will have other rankings worth examining.
Find out if your school holds a CAE2Y designation.
This NSA CAE designation is given to community colleges, technical schools, and government training centers that offer two-year certificate and associate’s degree programs in cybersecurity.

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What to Look For in an Online Associate’s Degree in Cybersecurity

You’re probably going to be using your online AS in cybersecurity as a stepping stone to bigger and better things. Along with a program that fits into your busy schedule, look for associate programs that offer:

Job Placement
Some colleges will help you find internships in your local area—these are gold if you have minimal experience! Other schools will provide career counseling and assist with your job hunt. If you want to earn your AS and start work immediately in an entry-level position (e.g. network security administrator), ask about job placement rates of graduates.
Key Skills & Foundations
Talk to your current employer to decide what security tools you need to acquire. Examine the latest job descriptions to see what companies have listed under skills. Then compare the curriculum to see if the classes cover those areas. If it doesn’t, find a new program.
Hands-On Practice
What is the online course platform like? Does it give you opportunities to participate in simulations and virtual labs? To attract the eye of employers, you will want extensive practice in threat detection, software installation, hacking, and and other key security responsibilities.
Strong Teaching
Check the curriculum to see who will be teaching your courses. What are their job qualifications? How long have they been teaching? Strong programs usually have the same faculty handling on-campus and online courses. Weak programs often farm the work out to poorly qualified adjunct professors.
Training for Baseline Security Certifications
Many employers will expect to see outside certifications (e.g. Network+, Security+, CompTIA A+, Certified Ethical Hacker, etc.) on your résumé. Find out how the degree will prepare you for those.

All Online Associate in Cybersecurity Programs

Below are all the matching online programs we found in our directory, from 28 US schools.

School NameProgramsNSA
Beaufort County Community CollegeWashington, North Carolina
A.A.S. in Information Technology – Network Management
Bismarck State CollegeBismarck, North Dakota
Associate in Applied Science in Cybersecurity & Computer Networks
Bismarck State College offers an Associate in Applied Science in Cybersecurity & Computer Networks that students can complete entirely online. The degree prepares students for jobs in a system administration or data security role. Students who complete the program are prepared to earn a variety of industry-recognized certifications, such as A+ and Linux+, that can enhance their job prospects. Students can complete the program in two to three years, depending upon their level of proficiency in math, English, and computers. Applicants should be logical, detail-oriented, and know the basics of operating in a Windows environment and navigating the internet. Online students can watch and participate in a live broadcast of a class or view a recording later.
California Institute of Arts & TechnologySan Diego, California
Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems – Networking Concentration
The California Institute of Arts and Technology (CIAT) has an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems that allows students to select an emphasis in Cybersecurity. CIAT emphasizes hands-on skills and prepares students for industry certification. Cybersecurity graduates are prepared to take the exam to become a Certified Ethical Hacker as well as other certification tests. Students can complete the A.A.S. degree entirely online. Applicants to this program must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or must have completed at least 12 college-level credits in computer-related coursework. Students enrolling in the online program may be required to take a Scholastic Level Exam to confirm that they can successfully perform in an online learning environment.
Community College of Rhode IslandWarwick, Rhode Island
Associate in Science in Computer Studies and Information Processing – Cyber Security
NSA
CAE
Cuyamaca CollegeEl Cajon, California
Associate in Science – Networking, Security and System Administration
Cuyamaca College offers an Associate in Science in Networking, Security and System Administration for students who are interested in an entry-level job in network or systems administration. Students can choose an emphasis in enterprise networking or in enterprise system administration. Students who complete this degree should be prepared to take tests for several industry-recognized certifications, including CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+, Microsoft Certified Technician, and Cisco Certified Network Associate. Students take 13 credits in core curriculum and 25 to 27 credits in their area of emphasis. Enrollment at Cuyamaca College is open to any California resident who has a high school diploma or GED. All students must complete an online orientation and assessment test in math and English.
Dakota State UniversityMadison, South Dakota
Associate of Science in Network and Security Administration
The online Associate of Science in Network and Security Administration program at Dakota State University is designed for students who want to prepare for a job with just two years of study. Students must complete 60 credits, including general studies requirements and classes in the major. All the credits earned for the associate degree can be applied toward a Bachelor of Science in Network and Security Administration at DSU. The university uses virtual labs so students can gain hands-on experience and develop skills. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. Additionally, the university requires applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores unless their high school GPA is at least 2.6 or they ranked in the top 60 percent of their graduating class.
NSA
CAE
ECPI UniversityVirginia Beach, Virginia
Associate of Science in Computer and Information Science – Cyber and Network Security Concentration
ECPI University has a cyber and network security concentration for students in the online program leading to an Associate of Science in Computer and Information Science. Students in this program receive hands-on experience using current security technology. Additionally, graduates will be prepared to take several industry-recognized certification exams, such as those offered by CompTIA, Cisco, and Microsoft. Students who complete the associate degree are ready to start their career or earn a bachelor’s degree. The program requires students to complete 70 credits, including 46 credits within the major. ECPI delivers classes in five-week sessions, and students typically take two classes per term. Students can earn an associate degree in about 18 months.
Florida State College at JacksonvilleJacksonville, Florida
Associate in Science in IT Security
NSA
CAE
Forsyth Technical Community CollegeWinston Salem, North Carolina
Associate in Applied Science in IT-Cyber Security
NSA
CAE
Indian River State CollegeFort Pierce, Florida
Associate of Arts in I.T. Management & Cyber Security
Ivy Tech Community CollegeIndianapolis, Indiana
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Cyber Security-Information Assurance
Associate of Science degree in Cyber Security/Information Assurance
Ivy Tech Community College offers two associate degree programs in cyber security/information assurance, and students may complete either program through traditional on-campus classes or online. The two degrees available are Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Security/Information Assurance, which is intended for students who plan to go straight to the job market, and Associate of Science in Cybersecurity/Information Assurance, intended for students who want to transfer to a four-year college to earn a bachelor’s degree. Either program requires 60 credit hours and can be completed in as few as four semesters. The on-campus program is offered at more than 20 locations in Indiana. Ivy Tech is an open access school that accepts students with a high school diploma or equivalent.
Lake Superior CollegeDuluth, Minnesota
Associate in Applied Science in Network Administration and Cyber Security
Massachusetts Bay Community CollegeWellesley Hills, Massachusetts
Associate in Science – Cyber Security
MassBay Community College offers an Associate in Science in Cyber Security degree that students can earn through online classwork. The degree is a two-year program, requiring students to earn 63 to 65 credits, which they can complete in four semesters of full-time study. The coursework in the major aligns with the standards set by organizations such as the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense. Students who earn the degree should be prepared to pass several tests for industry-recognized credentials, such as certifications from CompTIA and Cisco. Applicants to MassBay must have a high school diploma or GED, and they may be required to take a placement test for math and English class placement.
Metropolitan Community College AreaOmaha, Nebraska
Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology – Cyber Security
NSA
CAE
Minnesota State College-Southeast TechnicalWinona, Minnesota
Associate of Applied Science in Cyber and Information Security
Students who are interested in law enforcement, cybersecurity, or cybercrime investigation can gain relevant, specialized skills at Minnesota State College Southeast. The college offers an online Associate of Applied Science in Cyber and Information Security that covers topics such as networking, cybersecurity, criminal justice, and forensics. The 60-credit degree requires students to take five classes in general education requirements along with 16 classes in technical subjects. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. Students are required to take placement tests for math and English classes unless they have already earned at least an A.A.S. degree, or have recently taken the ACT or another placement test.
Minnesota West Community and Technical CollegeGranite Falls, Minnesota
Associate in Applied Science – Information Security and Assurance
Minnesota West Community and Technical College delivers all the required coursework online for the Associate in Applied Science in Information Security and Assurance program. This is a 60-credit program that students can complete in four semesters of full-time study. Graduates of this program should be prepared for a job that requires them to perform technical security audits for computer information systems or networks and implement an appropriate technology solution. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and must submit transcripts. No standardized tests are required for admission. Minnesota West’s online classes are available 24/7, so that students can access coursework on their own schedule as long as they meet their instructor’s deadlines.
Pueblo Community CollegePueblo, Colorado
AAS in Networking Cyber Security
NSA
CAE
Quinsigamond Community CollegeWorcester, Massachusetts
Associate in Science in Computer Systems Engineering Technology – Forensics Option
Quinsigamond Community College offers an Associate in Science in Computer Systems Engineering Technology with a digital forensics option for students who are interested in investigating digital crimes. The two-year program is intended for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college to complete a bachelor’s degree. The program requires 64 credits, and students who complete the program should be prepared to take several industry-recognized certifications exams, including CompTIA’s A+, Network+, Security+, and Linux+, as well as tests offered by Microsoft and Cisco. Applicants must prove they have a high school diploma or the equivalent and must take a placement test. Students in the digital forensics program may receive credit for prior learning, such as credit for certain industry certifications.
Rockland Community CollegeSuffern, New York
Associate in Applied Science in Cyber Security
NSA
CAE
San Antonio CollegeSan Antonio, Texas
Associate of Applied Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
San Antonio College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity that prepares students for a job in computer network security. The degree program requires students to complete 60 credits, including classes in the major and general education requirements. Students can complete the degree in five semesters as a full-time student. Students have the option of working an internship in computer and information systems security for academic credit toward the degree. Applicants should have a high school diploma or GED, or they should be transferring from another college. Students must take readiness tests in math, reading, and writing, and those who do not pass can take a free refresher course.
NSA
CAE
Southeast Community College AreaLincoln, Nebraska
AAS in Computer Information Technology – Networking Security & Support focus
Students seeking an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Technology at Southeast Community College can select a career path in networking security and support. Within that career path, they can choose from three options: network security, network management, or computer support. Students in the network security option gain hands-on experience with cybersecurity tools and computer forensics. To earn their degree, students take 10 core courses in computer information technology and about 18 technical classes in their specialty. Some general education classes may also be required. Students can enter the program at the start of any term, and full-time or part-time programs are offered. Applicants must submit high school or college transcripts and the results of any placement tests they have taken.
St Petersburg CollegeClearwater, Florida
Associate in Science – Cybersecurity
Associate of Science in Digital Forensics and Computer Investigations
St. Petersburg College offers an Associate in Science – Cybersecurity degree to prepare students for a job in information technology security. As part of the curriculum, students have the chance to prepare for and take exams for several industry-recognized certifications, including CompTIA A+, Security+, and Network+. To complete the degree, students must complete 63 credits, including general studies requirements. Students take seven courses, 21 credits, in major core courses, and they also take 21 credits in related support courses, where they will learn the basics of computer repair, routing and switching, and forensic investigations. Students in this major are required to work an internship for academic credit. Applicants should have a high school diploma, GED, or transfer credits from an accredited college.
St Philip’s CollegeSan Antonio, Texas
A.A.S. in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
St. Philip’s College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity that students can complete in five semesters. Overall, students in this program must complete 60 credits, including some general studies requirements. Students will take about 14 courses in the major, including a required internship in computer and information systems security. Once they earn the degree, students will be prepared for jobs that require them to install security software, check the network for breaches, and respond to cyber attacks. St. Philip’s accepts students who are high school graduates, have a GED, or are transferring from another accredited college. Students may be required to take a placement test for math and English classes.
NSA
CAE
Sullivan UniversityLouisville, Kentucky
Associate of Science in Cybersecurity
Students who want to enter the field of cybersecurity can earn an online Associate of Science in Network Security from Sullivan University. The program prepares students for careers such as network administrator and computer security specialist by teaching security fundamentals, networking, programming, data communications, and basic management skills. To earn the degree, students must complete 92 credit hours of coursework. Students may be able to complete coursework in as few as 18 months, depending upon how many classes they take each term. Sullivan uses a rolling admissions policy, with students accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes start in January, March, June, and September. Students can access online classwork on their own schedule at any time of the day or night.
SUNY Westchester Community CollegeValhalla, New York
Cybersecurity, A. A. S.
Westchester Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Cybersecurity to prepare students for entry-level jobs involving information assurance or digital forensics. The A.A.S. is not designed as a transfer degree, and students who wish to transfer to a four-year school for a bachelor’s degree should consult with the school where they plan to continue their studies to find out what credits are needed. To earn the associate degree, students must complete 62 credits, including 26 credits in general studies requirements. Within the major, students earn 36 credits in courses covering topics such as operating systems, database management, network security, penetration testing, computer forensics, and server administration. Westchester Community College says half to three-quarters of the coursework needed for this degree is available online.
Umpqua Community CollegeRoseburg, Oregon
Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems – Cybersecurity
Umpqua Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems: Cybersecurity that offers online classes. Students who complete the degree are prepared for entry-level jobs in IT security roles. The curriculum requires students to earn at least 106 credits, and students who attend school full-time may be able to complete the required coursework in six quarters, depending upon sequencing. Students receive hands-on training in areas such as ethical hacking, hardware, switches and routers, and computer forensics. Applicants to this program must complete placement testing and exceed set scores for math and writing skills or pass required math and English classes before entering the cybersecurity program.
University of Maine at Fort KentFort Kent, Maine
Associate of Science in Information Security
The University of Maine at Fort Kent offers an online Associate of Science in Information Security that prepares students for an entry-level job in the field of information security or prepares them to continue their studies and earn a bachelor’s degree in the field. For the online associate degree, students must complete 60 credits, including 29 credits in general education requirements, with the rest of the coursework taken in computer science and information security. Students who attend school full time may be able to complete the degree in four semesters. Applicants must submit a personal essay and writing sample, official transcripts from their high school or GED score, and college transcripts if they have completed any college courses.
NSA
CAE
Western Nebraska Community CollegeScottsbluff, Nebraska
Associate of Science in CyberSecurity
The Associate of Science in Cybersecurity program at Western Nebraska Community College prepares students to transfer to a four-year college to earn a bachelor’s degree in a related subject. The program is offered online, and students have the option of taking part in live classes or watching the recordings on their own schedule. WNCC’s cybersecurity instructors have industry experience and current certifications. Students who complete the degree will be prepared to take a variety of industry-recognized certification exams, such as CompTIA A+, Network+, Linux+, and Security+, as well as Microsoft Office Specialist. Some students may be eligible for free practice tests and certification exams. WNCC is an open admission school and allows anyone 17 or older to take classes.
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