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’s or bachelor’s degree must present evidence of high school completion and a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests.

Satisfactory completion of a college preparatory curriculum is expected, which includes a minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social science, one additional unit in English, mathematics or science, and four additional elective units, for a total of 16 or more units. Should the applicant’s preparation differ from the recommendation above, the applicant may be asked to supply additional information for review.

Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for those under 21 years of age. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum ACT score or high school cumulative GPA requirements listed below, may request consideration by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements/Materials:

  • Completed undergraduate application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Official high school transcript with a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • Standardized test results (if younger than 21 years old)
    • Minimum ACT score: 17
    • Minimum SAT score: 900

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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