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Cybersecurity A.A.S Program Estimated Costs

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Tuition and Fees $6,900
Application Fee $30
Lab/Course Fees $735
Books/ Supplies $1,491
Total $9,156

Cybersecurity C.T.S. Program Estimated Costs

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Tuition and Fees $2,844
Application Fee $30
Lab/Course Fees $735
Books/Supplies $795
Total $2,874

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Students seeking federal financial aid (which includes grants and loans) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which online at fafsa.ed.gov. As a result of completing a FAFSA, an applicant will receive a federal Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail or online. An electronic version of the SAR is automatically sent to the schools listed on the FAFSA. To list Great Falls College MSU, use our school code: 009314.

Students applying for financial aid may also be required to provide proper federal income tax information, completed verification materials, and any other information requested by the Financial Aid Office. Students must apply for financial aid annually.

Assistance is available to prospective students applying for financial aid. In addition, financial aid counseling for new students is an integral part of the admissions and orientation process. Once enrolled, students may receive counseling and assistance as needed. For assistance, please call 406-771-4334, or write to the Financial Aid Office, Great Falls College MSU, 2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, MT 59405, or email finaid@gfcmsu.edu.

Great Falls College MSU also offers a wide variety of different scholarships to assist you in paying for your college. To view a list of current scholarship offerings, please see our scholarship page.

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Cybersecurity A.A.S. Program Course Lists

Many students need preliminary math and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
CSCI 100 Intro to Programming *,+ 3
CSCI 105 Computer Fluency + 3
ITS 164 Networking Fundamentals + 3
M 121 College Algebra **,+ 3
Choose one of the following:  
WRIT 101 College Writing I **,+ 3
WRIT 121 Intro to Technical Writing **,+ 3
 Credits15
Spring
COMX 115 Intro to Interpersonal Communc + 3
ITS 210 Network OS - Desktop *,+ 3
ITS 218 Network Security *,+ 3
ITS 224 Introduction To Linux *,+ 4
ITS 280 Computer Repair & Maintenance *,+ 4
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall
ITS 215 Network OS -Dir /Infrastructre *,+ 4
ITS 245 Exploring Computer Forensics + 3
ITS 271 Securing Desktop/Mobile Device *,+ 4
ITS 275 Border/Perimeter Network Security *,+ 4
 Credits15
Spring
BGEN 220 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility + 3
ITS 222 Enterprise Security + 3
ITS 274 Ethical Hacking and Network Defense *,+ 3
ITS 277 Software Assurance and File System Internals *,+ 4
ITS 299 Capstone *,+ 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits63

Cybersecurity C.T.S. Program Course Lists

PREREQUISITES:

  • All applicants must have already applied to and been accepted as students at GFC MSU THEN
  • A completed Application Packet must be included by all students entering the program AND
  • Fit one of the bulleted intake criteria listed below:

Cybersecurity CTS Intake Criteria

  • One of the following degrees within the last 8 years: associates or bachelor’s degree in Network Support and Security, Programming, Microcomputer Support or similarly related degree in Information Technology/Information Systems. Provide Transcript(s).
  • Currently enrolled in a two- or four- year degree at least sophomore level in Network Support and Security, Programming, Microcomputer Support or similarly related degree in Information Technology/Information Systems. Provide most recent transcript.
  • Related work experience with consent of the program director. Provide proof of relevant work experience in the form of resume and a reference questionnaire from at least two work-related individuals, one being a direct supervisor. Industry certifications such as A+, Microsoft Servers, Net+, Security+, or others can be used in place of a degree when combined with relevant work experience.
  • For individuals without these qualifications, the list of pre-requisite courses are:
    CSCI 105Computer Fluency3
    ITS 210Network OS - Desktop3
    ITS 215Network OS -Dir /Infrastructre4
    ITS 224Introduction To Linux4
    ITS 280Computer Repair & Maintenance4

Many students need preliminary math and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ITS 164 Networking Fundamentals + 3
ITS 245 Exploring Computer Forensics + 3
ITS 271 Securing Desktop/Mobile Device *,+ 4
 Credits10
Spring
ITS 218 Network Security *,+ 3
ITS 222 Enterprise Security + 3
ITS 274 Ethical Hacking and Network Defense *,+ 3
ITS 289 Professional Certification + 1
 Credits10
 Total Credits20
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Cybersecurity Program Faculty

 

Steve Robinett

Steve Robinett, M.E.d.

Office: B123
406.268.3721
steven.robinett@gfcmsu.edu

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Cheryl Simpson

Office: B122
406.771.4375
cheryl.simpson@gfcmsu.edu

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