Frequently Asked Questions
Are classes in-person or virtual?
The Cyber Defense Analyst 7-month program is offered in-person at our Asheville and Charlotte campuses. The Cyber Defense Analyst 12-month program is entirely virtual. However, virtual classes are led by a live instructor.
Do you offer hands-on experience?
Yes. Our curriculum includes cyber ranges and virtual labs to supplement your coursework. You also can work on actual security consulting engagements to receive apprentice-like hands-on training.
How many hours a week should I plan to devote to completing my program?
For the Cyber Defense Analyst 7-month program, you’ll be in class Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is a full-time program. For the Cyber Defense Analyst 12-month program, you should plan on being in class for 8 hours per week, with an additional 8 hours of study outside of class time.
What is the average salary I can expect as a cybersecurity professional?
The starting salary for an entry-level position is around $65,000/year. Salaries for more advanced, mid-senior positions range from $65,000-$125,000 and higher.
Do I have to have any previous IT training to apply?
If you’re interested in either of the Cyber Defense Analyst programs, you don’t need any previous experience.
When do I need to apply?
New classes begin in April, August, and November. Applications and enrollment are ongoing; however, space is limited. For more information, please reach out to one of our advisors.
Will I get industry-recognized certificates?
Our programs train you for the most recognized industry standard certifications. While our training prepares you for the certifications, you receive the certificate once you pass the certifying exam.
Do you facilitate finding job positions or internships after graduating from the program?
Yes, helping you get employed is our top priority. Our career development specialists are available to help you tailor your search and prepare you for your interviews.
How much does the program cost?
The Cyber Defense Analyst 7-month program costs $10,800.
The Cyber Defense Analyst 12-month program costs $14,400.
Are scholarships available?
Yes. Grant-funded scholarships are available, with up to 60% discounts! (e.g., 50% discount for NC residents).
Do I have to pay the total tuition amount upfront?
No. Payment plans and loan options are available.
Will I get a diploma?
No. Upon successful completion of our program, you will receive a Carolina Cyber Center certificate.
Does this program give me college credits to continue my education?
Yes. Montreat College, and many others, accept your industry standard certifications toward college credit.
How many people are in the class?
We keep our classes small so you can get the support you need. Classes are limited to 25 participants.
Do you offer housing accommodations for the full-time program?
There are no housing options available.
No-risk, 30-day money-back guarantee. All instructional materials, labs, certification fees*, books, and range time are included.
*First attempt for certification included. The cost for additional certification attempts is the responsibility of the student.