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Associate in Applied Science

Secure Systems Administration (Cybersecurity)

Program Overview

MCC Campus(es):
MCC-Blue River
MCC-Penn Valley - weekend class offerings
Some courses may be taken at other campuses

Program Coordinator: 
Brian Hurley, 816.604.6659

Degree and Certificates Awarded

The AAS Secure Systems Administration and Engineering program is currently under revision. Please contact an advisor for information about upcoming new courses including Scripting Fundamentals, Advanced Networking I and II, Penetration Testing, and Cyber Analytics.

CSIS 280- Penetration Testing is a new course offered at Blue River for Fall 19. This course will be accepted as a substitute for CSIS 290 for students who are interested.

Please contact an advisor, or one of the following, for information about the new degree revisions.

AAS Degrees



The job outlook for careers in Cybersecurity and Information Technology continues to be very strong. Many experts predict a continued shortage of qualified professionals available to fill open positions in coming years. Blue River is the host to MCC’s Cybersecurity program and home to the Secure Systems Administration and Engineering AAS Degree. Built around stackable certificates mapped to industry certifications, this program helps students earn credentials more quickly, and offers credit by certification for students already holding credentials and wishing to complete a degree or certificate. This program prepares students to enter the in-demand Information Technology and Cybersecurity fields by offering a program that blends current system administration concepts with essential security skills and best practices necessary to deploy, administer, harden, and defend computer and network systems.

National Security Image LogoThe National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Metropolitan Community College Kansas City as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) through academic year 2023.

The NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CD) Education (CAE-CDE), Two-Year Education (CAE-2Y) and Research (CAE-R) programs. The goal of these programs is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in CD and producing a growing number of professionals with CD expertise in various disciplines. Department of Homeland Security Seal

Students attending CAE-CDE and CAE-R schools are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.


Secure Systems Administration and Engineering Program Information

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend these programs is here.

Information about CompTIA Certifications

Last Modified: 6/24/19