School and Ranking Information
Students wishing to study network security in Philadelphia have a wide range of options--everything from public, 2-year colleges to private, 4-year institutions. Based on rankings, number of programs available and course accessibility, the following school is the top pick for network security in the area.
- Winner: Peirce College is situated in Philadelphia, PA, and provides certificate and undergraduate programs. The school's information technology division offers an associate's and a bachelor's degree program in information technology. The bachelor's degree has a concentration available in networking, administration and information security.
School Info Chart
|Rankings||#81 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs*|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $17,040*|
|Information Technology Degrees Offered||Associate's; Bachelor's|
|Information Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||67**|
|Most Popular Information Technology Degree Level in 2013||Bachelor's (46 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||22%**|
|Noteworthy||The information technology program is available both online and on campus***|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Peirce College
- Bachelor's program graduates can pursue recognized IT certifications
- Faculty members have worked at corporations such as Hewlett Packard and IBM
- Bachelor's program students can complete a co-op work experience
With a total enrollment of more than 1,700 students, Pierce offers flexible certificate, associate's and bachelor's programs that can be completed on-campus, online or through a combination method. The school's Associate in Science in Information Technology program provides students with the technical skills necessary to understand and manage computer networks, databases and servers. Foundational coursework includes programming concepts, introduction to network security and server administration.
Students who pursue the bachelor's degree in information technology with a concentration in networking, administration and information security gain a general understanding of network systems and security principles, then progress to more advanced topics, such as network defense and countermeasure tactics.