Cybersecurity Certificate of Technical Skills (CTS)


This 12-credit online program provides students with a technical education in the field of information assurance. Upon successful completion, graduates earn an entry-level workforce credential and are well-prepared to enter the job market. The certificate also can be stacked with general education credits and specialized coursework to obtain the associate's or bachelor's degree at the University of Montana.

Employment Outlook:

  • Information security analyst job positions are expected to grow 33% through 2030, placing it among the 10 fastest-growing professions. 
  • Median pay for an information security analyst is $103,590 per year. 
  • Network and computer systems administrators have median pay of $84,810 per year.

Fast Facts:

  • Curriculum based on the Core Knowledge Units developed by the National Security Agents (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
  • This Missoula College program is designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity.
  • Students can specialize based on their area of interest.
  • Fully online. Attend from anywhere
  • Earn CompTIA Security+ industry certification.

Students learn NSA/DHS recognized cybersecurity skills in:

  • Cybersecurity Foundations 
  • Cybersecurity Princples 
  • IT Systems Components 
  • Basic Networking 
  • Operating Systems Concepts 
  • Cyber Threats 
  • Cybersecurity Planning and Management
  • Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Compliance 
  • Security Program Management
  • Security Risk Analysis 
  • Basic Cryptography