Fully online associate degree leads to careers in IT in as few as four semesters.
Does working in a high-tech, high-earning field sound good to you? Does learning and possibly working from home look appealing these days? A degree in cyber security can launch you into millions of available jobs from the comfort of your home, with ALL ONLINE classes and a degree that can be completed in just four semesters.
Get a well-rounded education
The Cyber Security Program at Kirtland is designed to set graduates up to enter the IT world with a full understanding of the career field. WIth an associate degree, you’ll have a background or familiarity with cyber security, programming and coding, with enough foundational experience to test the waters in a variety of career fields.
Is Cyber Security the right fit for you?
Gamers and geeks, get ready. With electronic simulations and lab components, the Cyber Security Program can be fascinating and a natural fit for gaming enthusiasts and tech nerds already comfortable with the kind of high-level technology they’re going to experience in the simulations and coursework. In fact, many students in the program already have a working knowledge of cyber security, and are looking to hone their skills or use the degree to fill gaps in knowledge.
The Cyber Security Program has non-traditional students, students moving from another program (business, for example) or first-time students straight out of high school. The common personality traits are that all these different students are problem solvers who are curious and willing to create success strategies. Those success strategies often include developing and working in online communities and study groups. It may seem counterintuitive, but succeeding academically and professionally in the cyber security field means being a people person.
Certified and connected graduates
An associate degree in Cyber Security from Kirtland can take you anywhere—Michigan, around the country and around the globe. Students earn six different certifications during the program, and leave prepared to take additional tests for extensive industry certifications. This makes Kirtland graduates especially prepared to enter the workforce. In fact, many students start doing freelance work during their studies. Our program also aligns with designated NSA knowledge units, and prepares students to continue their study in a bachelor’s degree program.
Millions of jobs available
So many attacks, so many job opportunities—if you’re looking for a secure career, these 7 Live Cyber Attack Maps will show you just how much opportunity there is in the field of cyber security.
And check out this cool real-time cyber threat map: https://threatmap.checkpoint.com/.
With an over 2-million-worker deficit nationally, not only are there job openings, but companies willing to pay for continuing education, so you can earn while you learn. From the NSA to the military to local schools and hospitals, there’s no shortage of work for on-site or remote careers.
Salaries for graduates with an associate degree typically start close to $40,000 a year, with opportunities to earn even more with supplemental freelance income. And students who go on to earn a bachelor’s degree can start in the six-figure range. So if you have the critical thinking skills to excel in the field, from an earning potential perspective, it’s a no-brainer.
Learn more about exciting degrees and career opportunities in Kirtland’s Cyber Security Program.