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MCC Campus(es):
MCC-Blue River
MCC-Online
Some courses may be taken at other campuses

Program Coordination: Brian Hurley, Cybersecurity Program Coordinator

What type of work does someone in Cybersecurity do?

Information security professionals plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization's computer networks and systems.

Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyber attacks increase. You may work in areas such as Network Security, Enterprise Security Management, Auditing, Penetration Testing, Threat Analysis, Physical Security, Forensics, etc. in a wide range of industries. Learn more about job categories and roles found within the field of Information Systems and Cybersecurity.

What kind of background do I need?

Students will come from a variety of backgrounds and have a varying degree of skill levels. Students will benefit from having taken previous technical courses, experience, and/or having a passion or interest in the field. We also have many students changing careers, coming out of military service, non-traditional students coming back, and students who are starting right out of high school.

How long will it take to complete?

There are several factors that will play into determining how long it will take to complete any program. Prior coursework and certifications can accelerate completion.

Students starting the entire program from the beginning can realistically expect the degree to take 2 years to complete attending full time year round. Remember individual certificates can be earned much more quickly, in as little as a semester or so by attending full time.

Does earning the stackable certificates mean I’m not getting a Degree?

No. Remember that while you earn the stackable certificates, you are also completing the core for the degree. This method simply allows you to earn a credential more quickly than completing the entire degree.

Where can I find Salary and Job Outlook Information?

Salary and job opportunities are very much dependent on region, industry, company size, education level, and experience. Visit onetonline.org to find more salary and job outlook information for your desired path.

Are there any local employers looking to hire CSIS graduates?

Many local employers hire our graduates. This includes a wide variety of industries and job titles. Many find employment before completing the program. Students are hired across numerous industries.

Are there any internship opportunities available?

While this program does not guarantee an internship, we are working diligently with regional industry partners to identify as many internship opportunities as possible.

Some larger companies do offer internships, however it may be necessary to check with them to determine availability and eligibility. One example of such an opportunity is the KCIT apprenticeship program at Cerner. Please see a faculty member or Cerner’s website for guidance on finding more information about that program and connecting with a recruiter.

Does this degree transfer to any 4-year programs?

Currently, the A.A.S Secure Systems Administration and Engineering will transfer directly to the University of Central Missouri (UCM), into the B.S. Systems Engineering Technology degree program. For more information on this transfer agreement, please contact an MCC or UCM advisor.

Additionally, the degree will transfer to other 4-year programs on a course by course basis, often without losing many credits. We are continually working to identify transfer opportunities.