IT Security Specialist

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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Why choose IT Security Specialist?

  • Prepare for an entry-level position in the large and growing world of cybersecurity.
  • A great career choice for creative thinkers and problem solvers who are self-motivated and work well with others.
  • Capable IT security specialists are often able to advance to positions of greater responsibility.
All organizations today experience ongoing and evolving threats to data security. More than ever they rely on skilled IT security specialists to protect the information in their computer networks and cloud-based systems as well as ensure safe transmission of data to and from external entities.

Program Locations

Stevens Point Campus
1001 Centerpoint Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481

What You'll Learn

Graduates of this program understand the security measures needed to safeguard an organization’s electronic files and computer networking infrastructure. Students will be involved in planning, implementing, and monitoring information technology security systems.

Through hands-on projects, you will learn ethical hacking techniques in order to fully understand network vulnerabilities. You will also learn effective ways to implement intrusion detection systems to mitigate security risks. Includes demonstration of the use of computer forensics to help track down and stop potential information security breaches.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2021/2022 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,134.60
  • Books: $1,089.00
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $0.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $10,223.60

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.

Term: 1
Catalog# Title Credits
10154102 Hardware Essentials 3.00
10150110 Networking I 3.00
10801136 English Composition I 3.00
10152101 Intro to Programming 3.00
10151105 Linux 3.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 2
Catalog# Title Credits
10150111 Networking II 3.00
10150165 Network Server Scripting 3.00
10150120 Server Administration-Beginning 3.00
  • Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
-or- 10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10151110 Information Security 1 3.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 3
Catalog# Title Credits
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
10150112 Networking III 3.00
10151111 Information Security 2 3.00
  • Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
-or- 10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
10809103 Think Critically & Creatively 3.00
(15-16 Credits)
Term: 4
Catalog# Title Credits
  • Developmental Psychology 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
-or- 10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
  • Career Development 3.00
10151141 IT-Security Internship 3.00
-or- 10102130 Career Development 3.00
10151112 Information Security 3 3.00
10151160 Ethical Hacking 3.00
10151161 IT Security Capstone 3.00
(15 Credits)
(60-61 Credits)



Matt earned his bachelor’s in computer information systems from UW-Stevens Point. He also holds an MBA and comes to Mid-State with 13 years of IT industry experience, from software development to advanced cybersecurity threat hunting. He’s stopped criminals from committing fraud and breaking into enterprise systems at one of the top 50 banks in the US. Matt keeps current with new threats through his cybersecurity startup.

“Cybersecurity is a fascinating field that is growing like crazy. I’m passionate about sharing why that is and getting more professionals into this cool line of work!”


  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Information Security Specialist

“The education I received at Mid-State was outstanding. The courses focus on practical knowledge and honed my troubleshooting ability. I secured my first position in IT right out of college."



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