Top Morrisville, NC, School to Become a Network Security Administrator

At least two schools near Morrisville in North Carolina offer programs related to network security administration. Read about the top local school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to see if it's right for you.

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Schools near Morrisville, NC, do not offer network security administration degrees directly, but they do offer computer science degrees with network security administration coursework, as well as networking degrees One of the two nearby schools is public, and the other is private, not-for-profit. Based on its computer science program ranking and research grants, the following school is considered a top school for studying network security in the area:

  • Winner: North Carolina State University is a 4-year public college that is located in Raleigh, about 7 miles southeast of Morrisville. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Computer Networking. A Ph.D. in Computer Science program is also available.

Category North Carolina State University
Rankings #48 among graduate computer science programs (2014)**
Location Raleigh, North Carolina (7 miles from Morrisville)
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $8,206 (in-state); $21,661 (out-of-state)*
Computer Science and Networking Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D.
Computer Science and Networking Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 410*
Most Popular Computer Science and Networking Program Level in 2012-2013 Master's (189 computer science, 29 networking degrees awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 74%*
Noteworthy LexisNexis Risk Solutions awarded the Computer Science Department a $120,000 research grant in 2015***

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report, ***North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University

  • NC State is one of the top schools in the nation for number of awarded bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in computer science
  • The Computer Science Department has access to an open source Big Data processing platform called HPCC Systems
  • The Engineering Building II, which houses the computer science department, is a modern facility that lets students learn in a hands-on manner

The largest 4-year institution in North Carolina, NC State had a student population of 34,009 in 2013. Its Computer Science department offers undergraduate and graduate programs with coursework related to network security administration.

At the undergraduate level, the university offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, which prepares students to become proficient in mathematics, software engineering and programming. Network-related course options in this program include topics such as network security, communication networks and network projects.

The Master of Science in Computer Science covers subjects like network security, compiler construction, software engineering, algorithms and graphics. Other networking topics include wireless networking and network design. The program finishes with a thesis and final exam. A Master of Science in Computer Networking is also available, which is offered both online and on campus. Students can choose between a thesis or non-thesis option. Topics covered include networking simulation, database security and wide area networking.

The Ph.D. program is research-focused. In addition to completing coursework in advanced computer science topics, such as network security, students work on both independent and supervised research projects. The program culminates in a dissertation and defense.

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