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Cyber Security and Defense

What it is

Minneapolis College's Cyber Security and Defense degree provides a comprehensive, industry-focused training on information technology security. This fast-paced program uses state-of-the-art technology and prepares you for success through training in how to secure computers, systems, and networks, defend against cyber-attacks, and maintain secure systems. Instructors with business and industry experience guide you through this program that will give you the skills needed to embark on a career in the vitally important and high-demand cyber security field.


  • You will learn state-of-the-art technology and techniques that train you in how to secure computers, systems, and networks, defend against cyber-attacks, and maintain digital security.
  • Instructors with real word experience in business and industry will lead your classes and cover the various program areas.
  • You will graduate with the valuable teamwork, technical, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills that employers are seeking.
  • Many courses are offered during the day and evening. Classes are taught in varied formats: classroom, online and hybrid (combines classroom and online). Core and mandatory courses are offered every semester.
  • Computer learning labs feature small class sizes and are designed for individual work on systems and small group projects.
  • Opportunities to participate in student life activities such as the Computer, Cyber Security, Computer Software Support, and Women in Technology clubs; participate in inter-collegiate competitions; attend industry events; and have internship opportunities.

Award Requirements and Course Descriptions & Outlines

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Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Create a plan for ongoing study and professional development as a responsible and ethical member of the IT community
  2. Provide support and maintenance for information systems
  3. Identify, understand and apply troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  4. Apply professional skills including communication, customer service, and teamwork
  5. Create and configure systems