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Program Overview

The Associate in Science in Cybersecurity is a National Security Agency (NSA) validated program that granted Miami Dade College the designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD). Students graduating from the AS in Cybersecurity receive the NSA validation in their transcript.

The Cybersecurity Associate in Science program prepares students for the critical and growing need for cybersecurity personnel through hands-on experience along with simulation training and group/team-based learning to simulate a professional work environment.

The program provides students with the knowledge and skills defined by NSA for securing computers, applications and networks, identifying threats, responding to cyberattacks and mitigating their impact. Upon successful completion, students will have the training to defend computer systems; scan, footprint, and enumerate networks; perform penetration testing of applications, wireless networks, and mobile platforms; collect and analyze digital forensic evidence; and conduct incident response investigations.

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Program Details

The A.S. degree is designed for students who are looking for immediate entry into a career upon graduation. Most discipline courses directly relate to the identified career area. The remaining courses are comprised of general education courses.

Students are taught to:

  • Defend computer systems
  • Scan, footprint, and enumerate networks
  • Perform penetration testing of applications, wireless networks, and mobile platforms
  • Collect and analyze digital forensic evidence
  • Conduct incident response investigations.

Career Prospects

Career opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Incident Responder
  • Security System Administrator
  • Security Consultant
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Manager / Administrator

Industry Certifications

Students in this program will be prepared for exams in the following industry certifications:

  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA CySA+


Miami Dade College is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the NSA. This designation includes NSA's validation of the Associate in Science in Cybersecurity for Academic Years 2022-2027.

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