Top School with Degree Programs in Network Security - Greensboro, NC

School and Ranking Information

Within a 50-mile radius of Greensboro, North Carolina, there are about 10 schools that offer programs in network security. The top three schools are ranked below based on rankings, program offerings, and proximity.

  • Winner: North Carolina A&T State University is located in Greensboro and is the top pick due to its location and U.S. News & World Report rankings. It offers a graduate program in network security.
  • Runner-Up #1: Davidson County Community College offers information system security programs that incorporate study of networks, and it has the second-highest graduation rate of the three schools. It offers associate's, certificate and diploma programs.
  • Runner-Up #2: Forsyth Technical Community College offers relevant associate's degree and diploma programs.

School Comparison Chart

Category North Carolina A&T State University Davidson County Community College Forsyth Technical Community College
Ranking 8th among historically black colleges and universities in 2014*
18th best online graduate computer information technology programs in 2013*
Location Greensboro, NC Thomasville, NC (15.7 miles from Greensboro) Winston Salem, NC (25.1 miles from Greensboro)
School Type 4-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $5,794 (graduate, in-state),
$17,227 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$1,786 (in-state, undergraduate),
$6,394 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
$1,728 (in-state, undergraduate),
$6,336 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
Network Security Degree Levels Offered Master's degree Associate's degree, certificate and diploma Associate's degree and diploma
Network Security Degrees/Certificates/Diplomas Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 0** 5** 26**
Most Popular Network Security Program (2011-2012) N/A Associate's degree (3 awarded)** Associate's degree (18 awarded)**
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) 43% (2006 entering class)** 27%, with a 22% transfer-out rate (2009 entering class)** 22% (2009 entering class)**

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator.

Winner: North Carolina A&T University

  • Some funded assistant positions are available for graduate students in the master's progam
  • Programs in the School of Technology are accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)
  • Students have the option of a graduate internship
  • Student-faculty ratio of 19:1 as of 2012, according to the NCES

Computer and network security is one of the research areas in North Carolina A&T's Master of Science in Information Technology program. Graduates of this program may pursue hands-on technical careers as well as management positions in the IT industry, such as network administrator. The network security courses are found in the technical course electives for the program, and topics of study include network security applications, security for wireless LAN systems, network analysis, wide area networks and enterprise security. Students must complete 6-18 credits in these technical topics, depending on whether they're pursuing a thesis, coursework or a research project as their capstone.

Runner-Up #1: Davidson County Community College

  • Broad information security systems program prepares graduates for security administrator positions
  • Student-faculty ratio of 19:1 as of 2012, according to the NCES
  • College received funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the Completion by Design initiative to increase student degree-completion rates

DCCC offers students information security systems programs leading to an associate's degree, certificate or diploma. The broad scope of coursework for the information security systems programs covers networking technologies, security administration and information policy. The three programs share much of the same curricula. Course topics include networking basics, secure communications, routing basics, security administration, intrusion detection and others. Students in the diploma program will also have to take an English class and a math survey course. The associate's degree requires 72 credit-hours of study, while the diploma program requires 39 credits. The shortest option, the certificate program, is 18 credit-hours long.

Runner-Up #2: Forsyth Technical Community College

  • Forsyth has the 9th lowest net price (the total cost of attendance minus financial aid awards) among all 2-year public schools in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Education
  • Student-faculty ratio of 17:1 as of 2012, according to the NCES
  • Offers several programs to prepare students for network-related industry certification exams

Forsyth's Associate in Applied Science in Networking Technology program covers all aspects of networking, from the infrastructure, design and configuration to the maintenance of network systems. A course in security concepts is included in the program, and it covers topics such as security issues, risk identification, information security policy enforcement and security trends in networking. The degree requires a total of 73 credits.

Students who want to focus solely on network security might also be interested in the 41-credit Diploma in Networking Technology - Network Security program. This program includes many of the same courses as the associate's degree program, but also covers security administration, intrusion detection and secure communications among its core courses.

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