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Associate Degree in Cybersecurity Online

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Register By: June 29 Classes Start: July 01

Earn Your AS in Cybersecurity Online:

  • $330/credit (60 total credits)
  • Transfer up to 45 credits (including credits for certifications like CompTIA A+)
  • Participate in National Cyber League competitions
  • Get hands-on experience with online cyber labs
  • Save time and money with open-source software and course materials
  • Transfer all 60 credits into SNHU's BS in Cybersecurity

Associate Degree in Cybersecurity Program Overview

Start your cybersecurity career with Southern New Hampshire University’s Associate of Science (AS) in Cybersecurity online program.

The AS in Cybersecurity degree combines the hands-on experiences, networking opportunities and expert instruction you need to break into a growing field.

Whether you've finished some college or you're just getting started, this 60-credit program offers a perfect pathway to launch your cybersecurity career.

You'll engage with a number of industry-standard operating systems, security software, computer networking devices, simulation tools and programming and scripting languages.

Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation – and save even more by transferring up to 45 credits for previous experience, including industry credentials like the CompTIA A+ certification.

Our curriculum is built to position you for success in the industry. The AS in Cybersecurity aligns with recognized standards such as NIST's NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and CSEC Cyber Security Education Consortium. Plus, this associate program sets you up for success in SNHU’s BS in Cybersecurity — a validated program of study by the National Security Agency (NSA). 

Learn how to:

  • Apply security principles and practices to all components of a system
  • Design, implement and evaluate computer-based solutions
  • Identify and define the computing requirements to solve problems
  • Communicate technical information effectively with a range of audiences

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Looking to earn your bachelor's in cybersecurity? Upon finishing your associate degree, you can transfer all 60 credits toward your BS in Cybersecurity degree online – halfway to your bachelor's degree. That could mean 2 degrees in as few as 4 years – both of which can help you enter (or advance in) the cybersecurity profession.

"It's a continuation of a degree program that will help build upon a strong cybersecurity foundation," said Dr. Dennis Backherms, academic partner at SNHU. "As is true with anything, becoming adept at a skill set takes practice." He added that it's also appropriate for those who want to prepare for career advancement.

Interested in exploring some of our other technology degree options? Check out our IT associate degree, associate in computer science or a number of other associate and bachelor's technology programs.

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a high demand for cybersecurity jobs in the coming years. Prospects for information security analysts are projected to increase 32% through 2032 – far faster than the national average for all occupations.1

While many of these jobs do require a bachelor's at the entry level, those who earn an associate degree could still qualify for various roles.

Upon earning your associate degree in cybersecurity, you may qualify for the following entry level occupations:

  • Cybersecurity specialist
  • Cybersecurity technician
  • Cybersecurity analyst

"The AS in Cybersecurity from SNHU will help distinguish a person from others because of the industry knowledge gained while completing the degree," said Dr. Dennis Backherms, an academic partner at SNHU. "It will also expose students to other types of cybersecurity best practices that, as a professional, will continue to set them apart from their peers."

For those looking to progress to a bachelor's degree, our AS in Cybersecurity also provides a seamless path for continued advancement. All 60 credits can be transferred to our BS in Cybersecurity, which means you'll satisfy half of the required credits you need to earn your bachelor's degree.

Higher degree attainment could open up new opportunities, and even lead to higher earning potential. According to the BLS, those with an associate degree made $1,005 in median weekly earnings in 20221 – that's 18% more than those with only a high school diploma. Meanwhile, if you choose to move beyond an associate degree with a bachelor's degree, the median weekly earnings jump about 42% to $1,432.1

Terry Winn with the text Terry Winn"There is limitless potential when it comes to job opportunities within the cybersecurity career field," said Terry Winn, an adjunct instructor at SNHU.

"As technology continues to evolve, the need for the protection of the systems/information comes into focus. From being a cybersecurity analyst to an IT security auditor to penetration tester to cybersecurity engineer and to a chief information security officer there are entry-level through senior management opportunities available in the cybersecurity career field."

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

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Courses & Curriculum

Our AS in Cybersecurity program is built to help prepare you for entry-level roles in cybersecurity. That means learning the skills and industry tools you need to get your foot in the door.

Jonathan Kamyck with text Jonathan Kamyck"The curriculum works well in the online environment because of the strong focus on skill development," said Jonathan Kamyck, associate dean of cybersecurity programs at SNHU. "Students will use online labs and explore simulated operating environments."

You'll use a number of industry-standard tools and platforms, including:

  • Popular operating systems like Windows and Linux
  • Computer networking devices and simulation tools, such as Cisco Packet Tracer and pfSense
  • Programming and scripting languages like Python, Java, Linux shells and Microsoft PowerShell
  • Security software such as OpenVAS, Snort, Kali Linux, Metasploit and more

"Students of the program will quickly recognize the caliber of instruction to be at a higher level than other classes experienced in the past," said Dr. Dennis Backherms, an academic partner at SNHU, on the AS program. "One reason the experience is different is students must learn through hands-on practice. The lab environment will allow students to learn a practical approach to various scenarios typically found in the industry today."

For example, Backherms said, in one lab, you'd be asked to secure multiple networks and network segments using firewalls and other devices. Another experience would have you reconfigure and migrate existing systems into another because of acquiring an organization with fundamentally different computer systems and network structures.

To complete the program, you'll earn 21 credits for general education courses, 18 credits for computer core courses, 18 credits for major courses and 3 credits for 1 elective course.

Major courses include:

  • Cybersecurity Foundations. Explore foundational cybersecurity concepts and terms. Learn the difference between adversarial and environmental threats and analyze how security practitioners respond to each. Identify legal and human factors and examine how they can influence the development of organizational security strategies.
  • Computer Networking. Learn the basics of computer networking, including different network architectures and approaches to network design. Gain practical experience by performing common network implementation and administration tasks.
  • Operating System Security. Learn the techniques and strategies used to protect modern operating systems. Employ best practices to securely provision operating system components and services. Troubleshoot insecure settings to reduce the risk of system compromise.
  • Application Security. Explore the fundamental principles and practices of application security. Identify common software vulnerabilities and develop strategies to reduce their potential impact. Analyze and assess the security posture of multi-tiered web applications.
  • Legal and Human Factors of Cybersecurity. Examine security concerns associated with humans and their interactions with information systems. Learn about social engineering and how to protect against human-focused cyber-attacks. Examine the legal and ethical aspects of individual privacy, acceptable use and other social concerns.
  • Cyber Defense. Explore common strategies and tactics employed by security practitioners to protect networks, systems, applications and data. Learn the principles of cryptography and examine the critical role it plays in protecting information. Analyze the impact of emerging technologies and evolving social trends on the field of cybersecurity.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • General education courses: All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these cornerstone, exploration and culmination courses, you'll learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, providing the edge employers are looking for.
  • Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
  • Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.
  • Transfer credits for tech credentials: Earn transfer credits for popular industry certifications you already have, including CompTIA A+, Network+ and Linux+.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $990 $330 $9,900
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $693 $231 $6,930

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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