Cyber Security Degrees in Tennessee

We found 6 cyber security programs in Tennessee.

There are five universities and colleges in the state of Tennessee that have been noted by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as being pivotal educational experiences in the cyber security agency.

NSA CAE Designated Institutions for Cyber Security in Tennessee

Among these institutions, there are popular public universities such as the University of Memphis that have received this certification, both in cyber defense and cyber research. Other notable universities include the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Tennessee Tech University.

Here is a list of Tennessee cyber security degrees that are from NSA CAE Designated Institutions:

  • Jackson State Community College 2 Year Cyber Security Program
  • LeMoyne-Owen College
  • Tennessee Tech University
  • The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • University of Memphis

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Online Cyber Security Programs in Tennessee

At this time,there are no online opportunities for cyber security education in the state of Tennessee. However, residents in the state are open to looking at other schools across the nation to receive the best education from a designated CAE.

Online courses provide an ability to break into the cyber security industry or for information technology experts to transition into a new career. Typically, online programs will be available in mostly asynchronous format with requirements to complete assignments and exams within specific deadlines.

Students will need to check with the institution to see if they have the correct computer devices and software needed to complete the program. Common requirements include a Windows or Mac computer, internet access, and the Google Chrome or Firefox internet browser.

Master's in Cyber Security Degrees in Tennessee

Obtaining a Master's degree will help working professionals gain a better understanding of cyber security and open themselves up to higher-level executive positions in their organization.

Students should be able to demonstrate competence in computer science with other work experience or a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Holding at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA is recommended, but students can also submit GMAT or GRE scores to improve their chances (in some cases, these are also required for admittance).

The College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga features a Master of Science in Computer Science with a specialization in Cyber Security.

It requires 33 total credit hours with a thesis, or 36 credit hours with a capstone project. The program is roughly divided up evenly with core courses and electives. Students that are coming into the program without a computer science background will need to take a fundamentals course and learn to structure programs and work on computing systems.

Getting Started Working in Cyber Security in Tennessee

Tennessee does not have the convenience of completing programs online, but there are plenty of opportunities at any skill level within cyber security to sharpen skills or to jump into the profession. Cities that host CAE-designated institutions include Memphis, Chattanooga, Jackson, and Cookeville.

Tennessee Cyber Security Careers

According to CompTIA, Tennessee sits at around the middle of the pack when it comes to technology employment across the United States with the 22nd-most employment (over 174,000). That number is growing with IT services jumping 3.1 percent year-over-year, and continuing improvement telecommunications, internet services, and tech manufacturing. The average information systems and cyber security employee that is in the mid-range portion of their career will make between $82.350 to $104,730 in the state based on Salary.com, with higher paying opportunities Fayetteville, Kelso, and Lynchburg.

Top Cyber Security and Tech Employers and Organizations

FedEx is one of the bigger employers of information security analysts in Memphis. They need network protection for their delivery system in order to effectively ship products around the world. Clearwater Compliance in Nashville focuses on the healthcare industry and analyzes risk when it comes to the distribution of medication and services to patients.

Available Online Cyber Security Programs for Tennessee

List of Tennessee Cyber Security Programs

NSA/DHS Designation: The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated certain institutions as a CAE, or Center of Academic Excellence. We have labeled each program based on their designation:
CAE-2Y: 2 Year Program CAE-CD: Cyber Defense CAE-CO: Cyber Operations CAE-R: Research Program
Campus-Based and Online Cyber Security Programs:
Jackson State Community College
Jackson
  • 2 Year Cyber Security Program 2 Year Cyber Defense CAE-2Y
LeMoyne-Owen College
Memphis
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
University of Memphis
Memphis
  • Cyber Defense CAE-CD
  • Cyber Defense CAE-R
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