Top Rated Network Security School - Torrance, CA

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Network security studies can be offered in standalone programs or could be incorporated into other programs, such as those in computer science or engineering. Students in Torrance, CA, seeking an education in this field have limited options within the city and may need to look beyond the city's limits when considering schools. Based on rankings and school type, the following university is considered a top school in the Torrance area for studies in network security:

  • Winner: The University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) is the largest public university in terms of student enrollment within 25 miles of Torrance that offers programs containing network security courses. Students will find these types of studies provided in a certificate-level program in operating systems as well as a bachelor's degree program in computer science and a master's degree program in engineering.

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Category University of California - Los Angeles
Ranking #23 (tie) Best National Universities (2015)*
Location Los Angeles, California
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $12,697 (in state); $35,575 (out-of-state)**
Network Security Programs Offered Certificate, bachelor's degree and master's degree
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 90%**
Noteworthy Computer science program ranks #13 in the nation (2015)*; #16 among Best Engineering Schools (2015)*

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator

University of California - Los Angeles

  • Master's degree program in engineering offered entirely online
  • Programs with network security courses typically integrate classroom instruction with hands-on lab experiences
  • Computer Science Department is home to several research centers, including the Center for Autonomous Intelligent Networks and Systems and the Center for Information and Computation Security

The University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public research university enrolling more than 40,000 students. While the university does not confer a degree specifically in network security, courses in and relating to this subject can be found in the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program and the Master of Science in Engineering program through the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. UCLA Extension also offers a certificate in operating systems administration.

Study in the Certificate in Operating System Administration program is based on the analysis, design and management involved in network support. Courses in the program include Microsoft Windows 2012 server, network communications, Linux/UNIX security, Linux/UNIX networking and Linux/UNIX shell scripting. Students are introduced to Perl and CGI programming and information security concepts. The program requires 20 units of core coursework and 12 units of elective courses.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program has core courses in social sciences. Students will take courses in software engineering, programming languages, computer networks, artificial intelligence and computer modeling. An introductory course in computer security could also be included. Students must meet technical breadth requirements through various fields of study.

Students of the Master of Science in Engineering program can opt to earn a Certificate in Computer Networking along with this graduate degree. Topics in the program include advanced structural materials, computer networking, signal processing and communications, manufacturing and design, electronics materials, mechanics of structures and integrated circuits. Computer security is a required course in this program.

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