Top Programs in Charlotte, NC, for Computer & Network Security Degrees

At least six schools in the Charlotte, NC, area have computer and network security programs. Read on to find out more about what one school has to offer for computer and network security, as well as tuition and degree information.

School and Ranking Information

In the Charlotte area, the majority of the schools that offer degrees in computer and network security are 2-year institutions. The following school is the top pick for network security in the area, based on low tuition costs and post-graduation prospects.

  • Winner: Located in Charlotte, NC, Central Piedmont Community College offers an associate's program in computer technology integration with a specialty in cyber crime and information system security. The program, which is part of the information technology department, provides students with the skills necessary to implement and manage computer security controls.

School Info Chart

Category Central Piedmont Community College
Location Charlotte, NC
School Type 2-year; public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $2,561 (in-state); $8,705 (out-of-state)*
Information Technology Degrees Offered Certificate; Associate's
Information Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 104*
Most Popular Information Technology Degree Level in 2013 Certificate*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 12%*
Noteworthy Program is accredited by ABET**

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Central Piedmont Community College

Central Piedmont Community College

  • Graduates of the associate's program should also be able to pursue security-related certifications from private software vendors
  • Students have access to Central Piedmont Community College's extensive job search help, including resume assistance, career fairs and job databases

Serving about 75,000 students annually, Central Piedmont Community College is one of the largest community colleges in North Carolina. Although the school is headquartered in Charlotte, it has six campuses spread across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Students interested in studying computer and network security at the school should look into the Information Technology Division, which offers a variety of associate's degree, diploma and certificate programs.

The 2-year degree program in computer technology integration with an emphasis in cyber crime and information system security provides students with a fundamental background in computer systems and information technology. The coursework also imparts a specific understanding of information systems security.

Students enrolled in the program learn about the best and most effective ways to protect data communication for individual clients or businesses through courses such as operating systems administration, intrusion detection, and security administration. The hands-on instruction included in the degree program is designed to provide them with the skills necessary to gain entry-level positions as security administrators.

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