Mount Aloysius announced an expansion of the IT Majors to include two new associate’s degree programs in Cybersecurity Operations and Digital Forensic Investigations. Responding to industry needs, Mount Aloysius College has developed the programs to produce graduates who understand theory and have the hands-on experience for real world situations. Building on successful local business partnerships, the Mount is ready to provide trained IT professionals to the broader Pittsburgh region.

According to a global survey, fully 51% of IT and cyber sector businesses had a shortage of Cybersecurity skills. This is more than double what was reported just four years prior. A new lab on the College’s campus has been dedicated to Cybersecurity Operations and Incident Handling, as well as Digital Forensics Investigations. The reality-based, experiential curriculum incorporates the exact programs and platforms currently used by the government and law enforcement.

“When I went to Quantico (the FBI training center), I recognized the applications I will use in my career are the same as those I had in my classes at Mount Aloysius,” Bryan Jordan, class of 2017, said.

Both the bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs combine technical preparation with theory alongside career and business skills such as communication. Mount Aloysius prepares students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. Timeless Mercy values infuse ethical behavior for MAC students as they navigate in the ever-changing landscape of cybersecurity.

A recent Mount Aloysius graduate, who is now employed by the FBI, illustrated the real-world connection of his coursework. “When I went to Quantico (the FBI training center), I recognized the applications I will use in my career are the same as those I had in my classes at Mount Aloysius,” Bryan Jordan, class of 2017, said.

The new associate’s degree options afford Mounties the opportunity to acquire an entry-level position sooner. They also have the foundational knowledge and specialized experience to quickly grow their careers. The benefits to businesses who hire our IT graduates are lower onboarding costs and a more seamless integration with their business. Students are ready with both theory and hands-on applied experience. Mount Aloysius faculty are professionals from both cyber industries and law enforcement investigations.

To learn more about either the Cybersecurity Operations or Digital Forensic Investigations program, visit: mtaloy.edu/cyber.