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Be part of a more secure future

Cybersecurity is an exciting, complex, and diverse field that is critical to all industries. As our lives become more dependent on internet-based tools and services, the demand has grown for cybersecurity experts. The security field in Colorado continues to grow and is expected to have over 13,000 job openings in 2025.

The Introduction to Cybersecurity course explores a wide range of fields within Cybersecurity, such as infrastructure, network and internet security, intrusion detection and prevention, information systems strategy and planning, security risk analysis and risk management, information assurance, and cybersecurity infrastructure.

This course will help you identify your areas of interest in cybersecurity to continue on to a degree at MSU Denver or find a job. This course also helps those already working in cybersecurity to gain more knowledge and understanding about the future of the industry.

Flexible schedule

Course is 8 weeks long, entirely online, and self-paced.

Career advisement

Receive a personal advising session with an industry leader.

High job demand

You will enhance your resume with critical skills.

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About Introduction to Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity career goal pathways

After taking the course, the learner can immediately enter the workforce, or continue on academic career to increasing earning potential.

Pathway 1: Enter the workforce quickly. Complete the Introduction to Cybersecurity course and immediately enter the workforce with job titles like cybersecurity technician, cybercrime analyst, incident analyst, IT auditor, junior penetration tester, and systems administrator.

  • The median salary is $52,700 a year.

Pathway 2: Continue your academic career to earn a degree in Cybersecurity, which will allow you to increase your earning potential. The Introduction to Cybersecurity class can count toward the degree’s required courses. Job titles include information security analyst, security analyst, customer security specialist, IT auditor, and security engineer.

  • The median salary is $70,100 a year.

Pathway 3: Continue your academic career beyond a bachelor’s degree to earn one of MSU Denver’s Cybersecurity certificates in cyber defense, cybersecurity leadership, and cybercrime investigation.

  • The median salary is $96,600 a year.

Pathway 4: Enhance your earning power with MSU Denver’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity. The Introduction to Cybersecurity class can count toward the degree’s required courses. Job titles include cybersecurity case manager, senior cybersecurity engineer, senior network security operations engineer, application security architect, and director of IT security.

  • The median salary is $120,600 a year.


Approximate return on investment for each pathway

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