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associate's degree

associate of arts with a concentration in information technology with an information assurance and security certificate

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2 years

approximate program length

60

total credits

$398

cost per credit

online

format

start when you're ready

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register by: jan 6, 2021

gain a solid foundation in cybersecurity, encryption and network backup strategies with courses designed to prepare you to sit for certifications from comptia and ec-council. our associate of arts in information technology with an information assurance and security certificate can help you prepare for your it career with courses in three key areas: information systems fundamentals, information security, and networking.

you'll learn how to:

  • understand the basics of systems security, including access controls, networking and malicious code activity

  • use security and encryption methods

  • manage and assess risks

  • develop a windows® server configuration

courses

1

course at a time

5

weeks per course

8

courses per year

schedule

your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for an online associate of arts in information technology with an information assurance and security certificate.

what you'll learn

when you earn your associate of arts in information technology with an information assurance and security certificate, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

topics covered in this degree include:

  • specific disciplinary knowledge
  • clear and critical reasoning
  • verbal and written communication
  • effective access and use of information
  • working effectively in diverse groups and teams
  • explaining and applying information security concepts
  • describing and explaining fundamentals of networking

Careers & Outcomes

what can you do with an associate of arts in information technology with an information assurance and security certificate?

an aa/information technology can prepare you to be an: 

  • information security analyst
  • information security specialist

according to the bureau of labor statistics, job growth for information security analysts is projected to be much faster than average between 2018 and 2028.

32 %

bls projections are not specific to university of phoenix students or alumni.

tuition

paying for school

locked-in tuition

$398

cost per credit

keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. that’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

save time and money on your degree

get credit for what you already know
earn your degree without starting from scratch. have previous relevant work and life experience evaluated for potential credit.

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Accreditation & faculty

count on the quality of your education

institutional accreditation

university of phoenix is accredited by the higher learning commission (hlc), hlcommission.org. since 1978, university of phoenix has been continually accredited by the higher learning commission and its predecessor.

faculty fast facts

28

average years of industry experience

27.2%

faculty with fortune 100 company experience

comptia and security+ are registered trademarks of computing technology industry association inc.

microsoft and windows are registered trademarks of microsoft corp. in the u.s.

while widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. please check with a university enrollment representative.