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IT - Cybersecurity Specialist

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Degree Type
63-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code

Time to Degree
2 years

Start Date
August / January / June

How You'll Learn

  • Hybrid
  • Daytime
  • Evening

Cybersecurity specialists implement, maintain and audit the security of an organization’s computer networks and systems. Learn to protect data confidentiality, integrity and availability by implementing current real-world technology, processes and procedures. Emphasis is placed on vigilant security awareness, identifying security threats and implementing appropriate incident responses.

How To Apply

  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your reading, writing and math skills:
    • High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through the 11th grade.*
    • ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
    • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
    • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.

*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an enrollment counselor.

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Potential Careers

If you are able to think on your feet, are a creative problem-solver and can work well in collaboration with others, a career in the cybersecurity field may be a good fit for you. Those working in cybersecurity are conscientious; they design, test, implement and protect security systems that are in place for a company’s computer system and networks.

  • Security Analyst
  • Security Engineer
  • Security Specialist
  • Security Administrator
High School Eligibility

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

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Career Salaries

$65,700 - $100,000+ annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Financial Aid

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique

  1. Discover the latest cybersecurity news and resources from the WCTC Center for Cybersecurity Education.
  2. IT associate degree program students take similar courses in the first two semesters, allowing for an easy transition to dual degrees.
  3. Earn two degrees in three years by combining this program with IT - Network Specialist.

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CAE-CD Designation

WCTC is proud to be the first college in Wisconsin to earn the designation of National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity from the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, a joint program sponsored by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Earn credit for prior learning for the college-level knowledge and skills that you've already acquired through advanced high school classes, previous college coursework, self-study, military training work or volunteer experience.

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Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

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