Associate of Applied Science Degree Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity AAS Guidesheet


Cybersecurity Certificate Guidesheet


What is Cybersecurity?

The AAS degree and certificate in cybersecurity provide skills for work in digital security. The program also cross-trains IT to protect employers’ systems from cyber threats. Students will receive hands-on instruction, and use problem-based simulations along with laboratory experiences to prepare students for situations that they will encounter in the workplace. 

Multiple Program Options

The two year, 60-credit hour Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree prepares students for work in cybersecurity by providing hands-on experiences they will encounter in the field.
The seven-course certificate provides a pathway for students already working in IT or those with a formal networking certificate or degree.
While in the program, students will be encouraged to earn industry-recognized certifications such as Security+.

Noteworthy Features of the Program

National and local data demonstrates a desperate need for qualified security specialists to respond to attacks on consumer information and corporate data. The AAS and certificate will help close the skills gap for employers.
The certificate will help fill the immediate need while the AAS degree combines marketable skills in cybersecurity with networking fundamentals and general education. IVCC is working towards acceptance by four-year institutions for 2+2 and 3+1 transfer options. Security+, an industry credential, is part of the program.


IVCC tuition is just one-third to one-fourth the cost of state universities and far below most private institutions. An approximation of tuition and fees and cost comparison can be found on the IVCC website at and at
Many scholarship opportunities are available through the IVCC Foundation at and Financial Aid is available for those who qualify at

Career Options

Information Security Analyst, information Security Manager, Computer System Administrator, Forensic Computer Analyst, Security Architect, and Cybersecurity Recruiter

Program Coordinator



Nancy McDonnell

Program Coordinator
(815) 224-0534