A Program
Designed to
Help You
Succeed

Founded in 2014, our program was developed in partnership with the Consortium of Information Systems Executives (CISE), a peer organization of Chief Information Officers based in the San Francisco Bay Area. This expert-led approach has delivered great results: our graduates are winning national competitions and finding jobs with leading companies.

A Program
Designed to
Help You
Succeed

Founded in 2014, our program was developed in partnership with the Consortium of Information Systems Executives (CISE), a peer organization of Chief Information Officers based in the San Francisco Bay Area. This expert-led approach has delivered great results: our graduates are winning national competitions and finding jobs with leading companies.

Fit Learning Into Your Life

Our two-year program is delivered in six-week sessions that meet in person every Friday.

Other coursework happens in an online lab accessible on any smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Additional requirements depend on whether you want to earn an occupational certificate or an Associate’s degree.

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Infrastructure Security

This track provides a thorough education in managing and optimizing security infrastructure both in the cloud and on-premise. Students learn to design and manage secure systems to ensure that critical assets of the organization are protected.

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Choose Your Learning Focus

We offer a choice of two tracks that begin with computer science and information security basics, and advance to in-depth topics such as secure coding, pen testing and cloud security. Upon graduation, you’ll be qualified to work in the cybersecurity profession.

Applications Security

This track teaches students to design, develop, and manage secure software and services. Students learn to manage and optimize applications in compliance with security controls and industry best practices.

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Get Expert Knowledge From the Source

Our instructors are currently employed at leading companies, providing you with the most current insights on the information security threats facing the world right now — and how to solve them. This is a level of instruction you simply won’t get anywhere else.

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Choose One: Certification or Associate's Degree

Our program can be the first part of a longer educational journey, or the on-ramp to a new profession — it’s your choice.

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Be job-ready in two years. Build on your existing degree with a Certificate of Achievement that enables you to enter a new profession. You can add cybersecurity to your qualifications to advance in your career through on-the-job experience and/or occupational certification such as SANS or CISSP.

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Start your collegiate education at Merritt College and transfer to a four-year university to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or Information Systems. Or with an Associate’s degree, you can secure an entry-level IT security position that allows you to learn and advance.

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Is Cybersecurity Right for You?

We believe cybersecurity careers should be accessible to everyone who has the desire and willingness to do the work. As one of the fastest-growing fields in the US and the world, cybersecurity is an industry that can help you build financial stability for the rest of your life.

Gaining Cybersecurity Skills Is Ideal for:
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High School Graduates

Prepare for a promising career by getting started early.

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Job Re-Entry

If you took time off to raise a family, or for any other reason, learning cybersecurity skills is a great way to get back into the job market.

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Transitioning Workers

Unfulfilled in your current field? Looking for a new challenge? A cybersecurity career is a great way to join an industry with unlimited potential.

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Military Service Veterans

If you’re looking for a mission-driven career that helps make the world a safer place, cybersecurity could be the perfect fit.

Join a Supportive Student Community

Our students don’t just attend class and leave — they also help each other learn, grow, and succeed. When you enroll in the program, you’ll find a community of peers that will make your Merritt College experience even more rewarding. Opportunities include:

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

This state-funded program ensures campus access and provides support services to students who face economic, language, and social barriers, and who are historically under-represented in higher education.

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Next Up

As a supplemental component of the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) program, Next Up is designed to support the higher-education success of current and former foster youth who are enrolled in California’s community colleges.

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Puente

As a supplemental component of the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) program, Next Up is designed to support the higher-education success of current and former foster youth who are enrolled in California’s community colleges.

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SANKOVA/UMOJA

The emphasis of the program is successful completion of English, mathematics, science, and information technology courses.

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Accessibility Services

Access services designed to help students with disabilities succeed and create a level playing field in the classroom.

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Program Graduates: Find a Job in Cybersecurity

We prepare students to enter the job market with confidence by providing connections to mentors, internships, and interview support — including a placement team that helps with resume preparation and holds mock interviews.