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Associate Degrees

Associate Degree in Cybersecurity and Networking

Advance Your Ambition in the Battle Against Cybercrime

Internet-based crime is one of the fastest growing security threats in the United States,* and as cyber crime grows, so does the need for skilled individuals like you to help prevent attacks. Combine your interest and your experience and education in cyber security with your drive to lead the way in tech. The time is now.

Learn how to be an essential part of how organizations keep their networked devices, infrastructures and environments secure and running smoothly through the Associate Degree in Cybersecurity and Networking at DeVry University.  

Pursue your academic and professional goals to help close the opportunity gap in tech anytime, from anywhere, with the support of your DeVry advisors, faculty and peers. You can learn to protect data, safeguard networks and get hands-on experience in our 100% online program. No previous IT experience required.

Get To Know Our Cybersecurity and Networking Associate Degree Program

In our Associate Degree Cybersecurity and Networking program, you can learn the fundamentals of interconnected computing devices, peripherals and associated software to maximize network efficiency and productivity. You’ll apply this knowledge to:

  • Learn how to identify vulnerabilities in networks, software and devices

  • Protect networks, software and devices from a cyberattack

  • Help prepare for and prevent cyber attacks 

  • Work through incident response and disaster recovery

  • Understand firewall architecture

  • Explore cryptography 

Did you know? After successfully completing the required coursework, you can earn your IT Essentials Undergraduate Certificate on your path toward your Associate Degree in Cybersecurity and Networking.

 

Courses within our curriculum may also help you prepare to pursue industry-relevant cyber security certifications like:

  • CompTIA A+ - A certification gained after passing two exams designed by IT professionals. This certification focuses on troubleshooting, hardware, operating systems and networks.
  • CompTIA Cloud+ - A globally recognized certification that confirms an individual's ability to troubleshoot, set up and manage cloud computing systems in a secure fashion.
  • CompTIA LINUX+ - A certification designed for professionals who use the Linux operating system to manage networks and devices. This is particularly useful for carefully managing each aspect of a system or network.
Classes Start Every 8 Weeks
Accreditation and Recognition Matter

DeVry University’s Cyber Security curriculum is acknowledged and verified as an approved provider by NICCS.

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Scholars Program

Future Cyber Defenders Scholars Program

Take your ambition to the next level with a cybersecurity scholars program that helps you build your network, boost your skills and pursue the career you want. 

Minimum Completion Time*
1 year
4 months
OR
Normal Completion Time
2 years

ACCELERATE AT YOUR PACE

Choose the schedule that best fits your goals and commitments. You can earn your Associate Degree in as soon as 1 year an 4 months*.

Or, follow a normal schedule and complete your program in 2 years.**

*Per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters, enrollment in 15 to 17 credit hours per semester and continuous, full-time year-round enrollment with no breaks.
**Per 12-month period, assumes completion of 2 semesters and full-time enrollment in 15 to 17 credit hours per semester.

Knowledge & Skills

What You'll Learn

Our Cybersecurity and Networking degree is anchored with Tech Core curriculum, designed to help you build a foundation of interdisciplinary skills you’ll need for today’s Internet of Things (IoT) economy and covers the following: 

  • Communicate Methods and Findings
    Learn to communicate the rationale behind research methods and recommendations while presenting performance objectives, issues and solutions.
  • Collaborate in Dynamic Work Environments
    Learn to collaborate with colleagues in varying locations and environments to coordinate and share information.
  • Complex Problem Solving
    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Data Analysis
    Learn to draw conclusions by finding patterns and relationships in numerical data with tools used for statistical analysis. Find out how data analysis can be used to make more efficient databases.
  • Digital Literacy
    Learn to apply appropriate technologies in order to solve digital issues and problems within databases.
  • Information Security
    Obtain critical knowledge on information systems security in organizations in areas such as: security concepts and mechanisms, mandatory and discretionary controls, basic cryptography and its application, intrusion detection and prevention, information system assurance and anonymity and privacy.
  • Identify and Mitigate Network Risk
    Explore the fundamentals needed to analyze internal and external security threats and implement security mechanisms. Learn to evaluate network and internet security issues to provide security solutions, design information systems security policy, troubleshoot networks, and implement digital signatures.
Embedded Programs

Build Skills with Stackable Degrees

Earn a Credential at Every Step

You don’t have to wait four years to show a credential on your resume. At DeVry, several programs are designed to stack.

  • Start with a shorter credential that takes less time so it’s more affordable 

  • Flexible online and on-site classes build your professional skills right away

  • Every course counts toward the next degree level.1

     

 

How Do Credentials Stack?

Here's an example: When you earn the Cyber Security Certificate, every course you completed in the program applies to your Associate Degree in Cybersecurity and Networking, which then stacks into a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and Networking with a specialization in Cyber Security. Build your confidence — and your resume — when you start your journey at DeVry. You got this. We got you. Connect with an advisor to learn more about how you can maximize your credits at DeVry.

1For the Associate in Cybersecurity and Networking program, every course counts toward the Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking with a specialization in Cyber Security program. At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credits will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.

Bachelor's
+58
Credit Hours Remaining
120
Total
Associate
+22
Credit Hours Remaining
62
Total
Certificate
40
Credit Hours
Career

Career Opportunities in Cybersecurity and Networking

Graduates with our Cybersecurity and Networking Associate degree may consider, but are not limited to, the following careers:
  • Computer Network Support Specialist

    Also called technical support specialists, these professionals analyze, troubleshoot and evaluate computer network problems. This career path primarily focuses on technical knowledge but can be enhanced by good communication skills that enable you to communicate technical needs to managers and company leaders.

  • Information Security Analyst*

    Information security analysts are a first line of defense in protecting an organization’s data. They ensure that information is kept confidential, accurate and available through a combination of policies, procedures and technical measures. People in this profession are responsible for analyzing the flow of data and identifying weaknesses where breaches could occur. Once a breach point has been identified, it can be rectified prior to a network intrusion.

  • Information Technology Specialist

    IT specialists provide computer and technical support to schools, businesses and other organizations. They install and oversee the network, databases, software and hardware to ensure they run smoothly and are safe from threats. Responsibilities may include testing devices, troubleshooting software and training employees on how to use the network effectively. IT specialists may also help create and manage data storage solutions and makes system upgrade recommendations.

  • Network Administrator​

  • Computer User Support Specialist​

  • Cybersecurity Specialist​

  • Cybersecurity Technician​

  • Cyber Crime Analyst​

  • IT Auditor​

  • Intrusion Analyst

    *Employment in this occupation may require years of relevant experience.

Program Courses

Cybersecurity and Networking Courses

 

General Education Courses
Communication skills
ENGL112
Composition


+ Choose one below:

SPCH275
Public Speaking
SPCH276
Intercultural Communication
Humanities


+ Choose one below:

ETHC232
Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions
ETHC334
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Social Sciences
SOCS185
Culture and Society
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
MATH114
Algebra for College Students
PHYS204
Applied Physics with Lab
Personal and Professional Development
CARD205
Career Development
COLL148
Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
Tech Core Courses
Tech Core
CEIS101
Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
CEIS106
Introduction to Operating Systems
CEIS110
Introduction to Programming
CEIS114
Introduction to Digital Devices
NETW191
Fundamentals of Information Technology and Networking
NETW211
Fundamentals of Cloud Computing
SEC285
Fundamentals of Information Systems Security
Program-Specific Courses
Career Preparation
CEIS298
Introduction to Technical Project Management
Specialized Courses
Cybersecurity
SEC290
Fundamentals of Infrastructure Security
SEC395
Cybersecurity Architecture and Engineering
SEC399
Cybersecurity Career Preparation


+ Choose one below:

SEC311
Ethical Hacking
SEC322
Penetration Testing


+ Choose two below:

SEC340
Business Continuity
SEC305
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
SEC380
Cloud Computing Security

Resources

Academic Catalog
2023 - 2024 Academic Catalog
Program Guides
Program Overview

1For the Associate in Cybersecurity and Networking program, every course counts toward the Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking with a specialization in Cyber Security program. At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credits will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.

*https://www.statista.com/topics/2588/us-consumers-and-cyber-crime/