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Guard Data and Systems with an Associate Degree in Cybersecurity

Earning an associate degree in Cybersecurity prepares you to help protect organizations from data breaches and illegal hackers. As online retail and record-keeping activities increase, so does the threat of cybercrime. Forbes magazine recently called cybersecurity “the fast-growing job with a huge skills gap” and predicts that by 2019, there will be a global shortage of at least two million cybersecurity jobs. 

Join the Data Security Industry Armed with a Multidisciplinary Education

At Urbana, you will gain valuable insight on how real-world cyberattacks happen, so that you are well prepared for current and emerging roles in cybersecurity. Our curriculum pairs programming, risk assessment and vulnerability scanning to teach you industry-standard cybersecurity methodologies.

Your associate degree will provide you with the ability to help organizations in any industry protect critical information from accidental or purposeful breaches. You will acquire foundational knowledge in computer science, information technology and web design, in order to build solution-oriented skills in infrastructure security, enterprise risk and risk management. You will also be exposed to cloud computing risks, cryptography, information assurance, digital forensics, penetration testing and mitigation plan techniques.


Cybersecurity Careers

A rapidly growing and changing field, cybersecurity offers a wide variety of career paths in many industries, including business and government. Protect valuable data from security threats or hackers by becoming an expert in security programs, or by building your own. Current employment opportunities include application security tester; network security specialist; cyber threat and security analyst or engineer; security architect or administrator; and cybersecurity analyst.

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate or bachelor's degree must present evidence of high school completion in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicants academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests. Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for first-time freshmen. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum standardized test scores used for placement in University courses may be required to undergo placement testing.

Undergraduate admission requirements and materials:

A student who meets at least one of the following criteria is eligible for admission as a degree-seeking student:

  • Has provided official documentation of graduation from an accredited high school or its equivalent (see documentation required below), or
  • Has an associate, bachelor or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, an institution recognized as a candidate for accreditation, or an institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation

Documentation required:

1. Documentation of high school graduation or equivalence is required for applicants who are transferring fewer than 24 semester hours that apply towards a degree.

2. If the student has transferable hours of 24 credit hours or more from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, then they will not have to provide a high school diploma or equivalence. Acceptable forms of documentation of high school graduation or high school equivalence for undergraduate admission must include one of the following:

  • Official high school transcript listing the date of graduation
  • Official GED certificate
  • Official documentation of having passed a State High School Equivalency examination
  • Official documentation of a home school completion certificate/transcript
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions (college, universities, professional schools, etc.) attended

3. Any applicant seeking to be a first-time freshman undergraduate degree-seeking students at Urbana University must supply standardized test scores (ACT SAT) to be used for placement in courses., to determine athletic eligibility, and/or determine institutional scholarship qualification.

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally accredited institution are required.

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