Program Overview

The Computer Information Systems – Cybersecurity diploma program is a sequence of courses designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, principles, and techniques required in computer information processing. Graduates are to be competent in the general areas of humanities or fine arts, social or behavioral sciences, and natural sciences or mathematics, as well as in the technical areas of computer terminology and concepts, program design and development, and computer networking. Program graduates are qualified for employment as Information Security Specialist.

Students may enter the Cybersecurity diploma program any semester. A full-time student can complete this program in 4 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 57 credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Cybersecurity diploma program must be able to work in an office setting, type and produce business documents, be a fast and accurate typist, show initiative, work with people, work as a team member, multi-task, display a professional appearance, work with computers and computer application software, and have a strong work ethic.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • North Campus (Sandersville)
  • South Campus (Dublin)
  • Online (Distance Education)

Salary Potential

$18,000.00 – $40,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $7,024.00
Books & Supplies:  $1,700.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the above programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Cybersecurity diploma program are prepared for performing many different types of jobs.  Graduates can find employment in the areas of computer hardware and software sales, installation and repair, computer networking, and software and technical support.  Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher, or GED.



Course Overview

  • EMPL1000Interpersonal Relations & Prof Devlpmnt2 credit hours30 contact hours
  • ENGL1010Fundamentals of English I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1012Foundations of Mathematics3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CIST1001Computer Concepts4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • CIST1122Hardware Installation and Maintenance4 credit hours105 contact hours
  • Choose one Introductory-Level Networking Class
  • CIST1401Computer Networking Fundamentals4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • CIST2451Cisco Network Fundamentals4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • CIST1601Information Security Fundamentals3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • CIST 1602Security Policies and Procedures3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CIST2601Implementing Operating Systems Security4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • CIST2602Network Security4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • CIST2611Network Defense and Countermeasures4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • CIST2612Computer Forensics4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • CIST2613Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • XXXXXXXXCIS Networking Elective4 credit hours0 contact hours
  • XXXXXXXXCIS Networking Elective4 credit hours0 contact hours
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours