Associate of Science, Network Management & Security

Associate of Science, Network Management & Security

Cybersecurity Career Opportunities

  • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • Cryptologist
  • Cyber Crime Analyst/Investigator
  • Disaster Recovery Specialist
  • Firewall Specialist or Administrator
  • Forensics Specialist
  • Information Security Officer
  • Penetration and Vulnerability Tester
  • Security Management Specialist
  • Wireless Security Specialist

Earn Cybersecurity A.S. Online or On-Campus

Start or strengthen your cybersecurity career with an Associate’s degree in Network Management and Security from MACU. This two-year program, which can be taken online or on campus, will prepare you for positions in computer networking with courses in computer operating systems, basic and advanced networking, programming and scripting, client-server software architecture, and information security. This associate’s degree will prepare you for continuing education in the field of cybersecurity.

Experienced experts in the field of cybersecurity create and teach MACU’s accredited Network Management and Security courses. These instructors, committed to your personal and professional success, will help you get the knowledge and qualifications you need to enter the rapidly expanding cybersecurity industry.

Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 33 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Information

Online Associate’s in Network Management & Security Offers Many Benefits

MACU’s online cybersecurity program is accredited, accelerated, and designed with busy adult students in mind. With the university’s prior learning credits, eligible students can earn up to 30 credits for a wide range of life experiences, including on-the-job and vocational learning, ministry, volunteering and community service, and travel. These credits help reduce both program costs and the time it takes to finish a degree. MACU is also veteran and military friendly. Any credits military personnel earn while in the service get added to their online program directly, helping them complete an online degree faster than they would at a traditional pace.

Rather than taking multiple classes simultaneously, you’ll take just one five-week class at a time in a consecutive order. Focus on one course, one professor, and one set of assignments at a time. Other ways MACU makes entry into its cybersecurity associate’s degree program as easy as possible include:

  • Minimal upfront fees and a well-established orientation.
  • Free placement testing and a thorough financial review before you even start.
  • Your first course (no book purchase required) is designed to help you comfortable with the online learning process.
  • Small classes, low faculty-to-student ratio, tutoring, and an experienced student services team.
  • Deliberate development of community among students and instructors.
  • Christian principles at the foundation of each course, encouraging spiritual and ethical growth.

Two-Year Network Management & Security / Cybersecurity Degree On Campus

As a Christian university with an on-campus population of less than 1,500, MACU is place where community, belonging, safety, and support are emphasized. We care deeply about student health, wellbeing, and personal and spiritual growth, and there are many opportunities to connect with and get to know peers and professors face-to-face. Our faculty and staff are also actively involved in helping students build and maintain a respectful, engaged, and vibrant campus.

No matter what your interests are, MACU offers you the chance to do what you love. If you’re looking for even more, you’re sure to discover it in Oklahoma City. With a growing population of more than 640,000, the city boasts exceptional career-boosting experiences, as well as countless restaurants, shopping centers, and entertainment venues.

MACU benefits for on-campus students include:

  • Affordable, streamlined degree completion
  • Low faculty-to-student ratio
  • Small, intimate campus where community is encouraged and safety is a priority
  • Immediate proximity to a growing, diverse city with a thriving job market
  • Support services that help students thrive and succeed
  • Recreational, academic, and faith-based activities and groups
  • Competitive sports and esports teams

MACU Integrates Faith and Technology-Related Programs

No matter how technical a subject may be, God’s handiwork can be found within it. In fact, the intricacies of science and technology often serve to highlight God’s intelligent design of the universe.

At MACU, Christian ethics and perspective undergird everything we teach. Cybersecurity students, similar to undergraduates in every other associate’s or bachelor’s program, will have the opportunity to discover how their careers can impact the world for Jesus Christ.

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Courses

CMSC 1203

Foundations of Programming

This course lays the foundation of programming using flowcharts and pseudocode. It develops understanding of logic and algorithms in programming. The focus is on developing programming skills and knowledge by implementing conditional statements, loops, and functions.

CYBR 3003

Securing Information

This course focuses on the importance of securing the IT infrastructure. It also covers ways that make the IT infrastructure vulnerable and steps that should be taken to secure it against malicious attacks. It introduces the role of security policy and implementation issues related to it. Students get an opportunity to audit, test, and monitor an IT system.

MISE 1103

Hardware and Software Environment

This course looks at foundational topics related to information technology. Topics include computing devices, hardware software, operating systems, computer networks, security, and computer programming. Logical problem solving, troubleshooting, and maintenance of computer systems are also introduced.

MISE 1203

Basics of Networking

This course explains the fundamentals of networking concepts. It focuses on technological advances made in the field of computer networks. It also covers impact OSI and TCP/IP model and how it relates to network communication. The course also details the importance of different protocols in a network and tools required to secure the network.

MISE 2103

Client-Server Networks I

This course illustrates the basic technology included in an operating system that is part of a network. It covers how to install, configure, and secure the client operating system. The course also covers steps to configure various network services in the client operating system and steps to configure service in a server operating system.

MISE 2203

Physical Networks

This course explains how computer networks are created using physical components. Students get an opportunity to construct a physical network by using wires, network devices, network protocols, tools, and standards. The course also compares and contrasts different transmission media and network devices based on transmission rates.

MISE 2303

Client-Server Networks II

This course focuses on installing and configuring network operating systems. It covers configuring key network services relevant for a server in a network. Students get an opportunity to apply policies on the network operating system, secure the network, and troubleshoot problems related to these services.