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How to Choose a Cybersecurity Certificate Program
Online certificates in cyber security seem like the ideal solution for busy professionals. They give you core skills with none of the fluff. They’re quick. They’re marketable. And they cover the latest developments in security. But only if you pick the right program! Before you throw good money after a poor investment, take a minute to:
- Pay attention to the curriculum
- Online undergraduate certificates may deal with foundation courses or special topics. Online graduate certificates can be broad in scope (e.g. network security) or focused on a field of advanced expertise (e.g. cyber security engineering). Some certificates are even set up as training programs for major certification exams (e.g. Security+, CISSP, CISM, etc.). Choose wisely.
- Investigate credit transfers
- You may not wish to transfer your credits to a bachelor’s or master’s degree immediately, but don’t discount the future. Find out which certificate credits (hopefully all of them) can be transferred to what degrees (hopefully the strongest cyber security programs that the school has to offer).
- Think about the school’s reputation
- Online certificate coursework is usually pulled from degree programs, so it’s useful to know about the strengths and weaknesses of a school. For example, universities in the D.C. area may be particularly strong in government security subjects. Computer science departments in California may have great insights into Silicon Valley issues.
- Scour the web for reviews and online rankings
- Our list of the best online Cybersecurity Certificate programs is a great place to start. But you can also contact alumni through LinkedIn, visit forums such as Quora, and compare U.S. News & World Report rankings for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs or Best Online Graduate Computer IT Programs.
- Consider NSA CAE designations
- An NSA CAE designation is not necessary—many great schools have opted out of the program—but it can be helpful when you’re comparing schools on your shortlist. We’ve noted them in our listings.
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What to Look For in an Online Certificate in Cyber Security
We’d be the first to admit that an online certificate in cyber security isn’t always necessary. There are plenty of free resources and short security courses out there. However, an academic qualification from a well-known school can burnish your résumé and enlarge your business network. In addition to fitting into your schedule, a good program will encompass:
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All Online Certificate in Cyber Security Programs
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|American Public University System||Charles Town, West Virginia |
Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime
Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics
Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance
Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Security
Undergraduate Certificate in Cybercrime Essentials
Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Forensics
Undergraduate Certificate in Information Security Planning
Undergraduate Certificate in Information Systems Security Essentials
Undergraduate Certificate in IT Infrastructure Security
American Military University offers a variety of cybersecurity programs for online students. Graduate certificates are offered in cybercrime, information assurance, and information systems security. Undergraduate certificates are granted in cybercrime essentials, cybersecurity, information security planning, information systems security essentials, and IT infrastructure security. All of the programs require students to complete 18 credits, and students can complete each program in about one year. Students may be able to transfer as many as nine credits to any program. Students can enter the program at multiple points during the year. Courses are delivered in an eight-week or 16-week session. Applicants to the graduate program should have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, although the college will consider work experience or professional credentials.
|Angelo State University||San Angelo, Texas |
Online Cybersecurity Certificate
|Bellevue University||Bellevue, Nebraska |
Cybersecurity Certificate of Completion – Graduate
Cybersecurity Certificate of Completion – Undergraduate
Bellevue University offers a Cybersecurity Certificate of Completion at the graduate level and another at the undergraduate level. Each of these online programs requires students to complete a total of 12 credits, with each program having one required three-credit class and three electives chosen from a menu of approved courses. Students who complete the courses for the undergraduate Cybersecurity Certificate of Completion may be able to count those courses towards a bachelor’s degree at Bellevue. The certificate programs are designed to be a cost-effective way for students to gain the skills needed for today’s workforce. The classes in the cybersecurity programs are offered through Bellevue’s College of Science and Technology.
|Boston University||Boston, Massachusetts |
Online Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity
Online Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics
Online Graduate Certificate in Information Security
Boston University has a four-course Graduate Certificate in Information Security that students may complete entirely through online coursework. Students select four courses, for a total of 16 credits, from a menu of six choices. The courses included in the certificate curriculum are taken from Boston University’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems program, which is listed as #3 in the U.S. New and World Report 2016 rankings of Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, and some of the courses might have prerequisites. Students who complete the certificate program may apply the credits toward the master’s in computer information systems.
|Brookhaven College||Farmers Branch, Texas |
Information Security Certificate
Three colleges in the Dallas County Community College District offer an Information Security Certificate. Students who complete this program should have the skills needed for an entry-level job in computer network security. The coursework includes hands-on training. This is an advanced program that requires applicants to have extensive knowledge of computers, operating systems, and networking. Applicants should have formal credentials such as an associate degree in networking, a bachelor’s degree in computer science, or a CompTIA or vendor-specific certification such as Network+ or Cisco CCNA. This is a two-semester program, and students must complete at least a quarter of the credit hours at the college that will award the certificate. The program is offered at Brookhaven, Eastfield, and El Centro colleges.
|California State University-Fullerton||Fullerton, California |
Certificate in Computer Forensics I
California State University, Fullerton offers a five-course online program leading to a certificate in Computer Forensics I. Offered by the university’s professional development arm, the Computer Forensics certificate includes 92 hours of lectures and hands-on training, resulting in 9.2 Continuing Education Units for students who complete the program. Participants will learn to use EnCase and Forensic Toolkit, which are industry standard tools for computer forensics investigations. Classes are delivered in a sequential, cohort model, beginning with an introductory methods class and ending with a simulated investigation in the culminating capstone course. There are no specific admissions requirements, but the program is aimed at information technology specialists, systems analysts, network administrators, and other computer professionals seeking expanded expertise.
|California State University-Long Beach||Long Beach, California |
Online Certificate in Cybersecurity
|California State University-San Bernardino||San Bernardino, California |
Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) Certificate
The College of Extended Learning at California State University San Bernardino has an online certificate program that helps students prepare to take the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) certification exam. The SSCP Certificate program is delivered 100 percent online with facilitation by faculty instructors. Students will cover topics such as authentication and access control, malware, monitoring and security policies, and responding to and recovering from an incident. Students may enter the program at any time during the quarter. The program has an open admissions policy, although the instructor may determine if a student has the necessary background to successfully complete the coursework.
|Central Michigan University||Mount Pleasant, Michigan |
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
Central Michigan University offers certificates in cybersecurity at the undergraduate and graduate level. The coursework for these certificates is offered online in accelerated, eight-week terms. In-person classes are also offered at Central Michigan University’s locations in Columbus, Ohio, and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The Undergraduate Cybersecurity Certificate is a 15-credit program that prepares students for certification exams such as CompTIA Security+ and Certified Information Systems Security Professional. Applicants must have a high school diploma with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, or a GED. The 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity is open to applicants who have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.7 or higher. Applicants should have a background in computer networking obtained through coursework or work experience.
|Champlain College||Burlington, Vermont |
Computer Forensics & Digital Investigation Certificate
Enterprise Security Fundamentals Certificate
Information Security Graduate Certificate
Security Fundamentals Certificate
Software Security Certificate
Champlain College offers two online undergraduate certificates for adult students who are interested in gaining skills in cybersecurity. The options are the Computer Forensics & Digital Investigation Certificate and the Cybersecurity Certificate. The 18-credit computer forensics certificate focuses on cybercrime and investigation. Students must take six courses, with four specified courses and another two selected from a list of four options. The cybersecurity certificate is a 15-credit program that requires students to complete five specified courses. Applicants should have a 2.5 GPA on previous college work and must submit transcripts from colleges they have attended, and from high school if they have not completed at least an associate degree. Champlain offers classes in seven-week and 15-week formats.
|Colorado State University-Global Campus||Greenwood Village, Colorado |
Online Certificate of Completion/Degree Specialization in Cyber Security
Colorado State University’s Global Campus offers an online, graduate-level Certificate of Completion in Cyber Security. Students have two options: they can take the program as a non-degree-seeking student and earn it as a stand-alone credential, or they can add it as an area of focus while working on a master’s degree in information technology management. Students who earn it as a standalone certificate can apply the credits towards a master’s if they decide to pursue one. The certificate requires students to complete four specific online courses covering topics such as cyber security management, threats, defense, technology, and countermeasures. Applicants for the master’s or standalone certificate must have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 and must submit GRE or GMAT scores.
|Craven Community College||New Bern, North Carolina |
Craven Community College has a diploma program for students who want to gain skills in cyber security. The CTI-Cyber Security Diploma program requires students to complete 48 credits. Students must pass an English course and a math course, but the vast majority of coursework is in the cyber security major. Courses cover topics such as operating systems, hardware and software support, network basics, secure communications, and administration. Full-time students can complete the program in about five semesters, but the program is also open to students who attend on a part-time basis. To earn the diploma, students must maintain a GPA of 2.0, and they must complete at least 18 of the required credits through Craven Community College.
|Dakota State University||Madison, South Dakota |
Graduate Certificate in Banking Security
Graduate Certificate in Ethical Hacking
Dakota State University has a nine-credit online program for students who want to gain skills in ethical hacking. The Ethical Hacking Graduate Certificate is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and who have professional experience in IT. The program uses DSU’s virtual lab that allows students to safely gain hands-on experience in ethical hacking. The certificate requires students to complete three courses, and the courses are scheduled so that students can take one course each semester for three semesters, including summer. Applicants to DSU graduate programs are generally required to submit GRE scores unless their undergrad GPA is at least 3.25 or they have successfully completed nine hours of graduate work.
|DeSales University||Center Valley, Pennsylvania |
Online Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics
|Drexel University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania |
Online Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity and Information Privacy Compliance
|Elmhurst College||Elmhurst, Illinois |
Certificate in Cyber Security
Elmhurst College offers an online, undergraduate-level Certificate in Cyber Security that is designed for adult learners, such as working professionals who want to gain knowledge and skills they can use on the job. The program is delivered through the Elmhurst College Online Center, and courses run for eight weeks. Classes are scheduled so that students can complete the five required courses within one year. The curriculum covers topics such as cryptography, risk management, cyber crime investigation and forensics, and wireless, mobile. and cloud security. Applicants are not required to have an IT background. Applicants must submit transcripts from previous colleges attended, and those without college credit must submit high school transcripts and a current resume.
|Fairleigh Dickinson University||Madison, New Jersey |
Computer Security and Forensic Administration
Fairleigh Dickinson University offers a graduate-level Certificate in Computer Security and Forensic Administration that is designed exclusively for law enforcement personnel and corporate security executives. The curriculum requires students to take six courses, and all the coursework emphasizes practical application of knowledge. Students select their courses from a list of options, and most of the courses are available online. The curriculum sequence can be taken within the Master of Administrative Science program, but it is also open to students who only want the certificate and to students who have already completed a master’s program. Applicants may enter the program at the start of any trimester. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.7 or higher.
|Fontbonne University||Saint Louis, Missouri|
Cyber Security Certificate
Fontbonne University offers two Cyber Security Certificates at the undergraduate level. The Level 1 certificate is designed for IT professionals who have no background in data or computer security, and the Level 2 certificate is for IT professionals who do have some security background. Each certificate requires students to complete four courses, including two or three electives. Students are allowed to take one general computer science elective if it is a prerequisite for a cyber security course they want to take. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science schedules the classes needed for these certificates in the day and the evening to accommodate working students. The program is also available in an online format.
|Forsyth Technical Community College||Winston Salem, North Carolina |
Certificate in Cyber Crime Technology
Certificate in IT- Systems Security
Certificate in IT-Cyber Security
Certificate in IT-Systems Security Cyber Defense
Forsyth Technical Community College offers a Certificate in Cyber Crime Technology that students can earn through online classes or by taking classes offered on campus in the daytime. Coursework in this program covers topics in criminal justice and in computer information systems. Students must complete five classes, for a total of 16 credits, and the college recommends taking courses over two semesters so that classes can be taken in a prescribed order. One course on computer crime investigation has a lab component. Applicants for this certificate program must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants who do not submit recent ACT or SAT scores might have to take a placement test.
|Georgetown University||Washington, District of Columbia |
Certificate in Cybersecurity Strategy
|Georgia Southern University||Statesboro, Georgia |
Cybercrime Graduate Certificate
|Grantham University||Kansas City, Missouri |
Online Advanced Cyber Security Certificate
|Harvard University||Cambridge, Massachusetts |
Online Cybersecurity Certificate
|Hawaii Pacific University||Honolulu, Hawaii |
Professional Certificate in Telecommunications Security
Hawaii Pacific University offers a Professional Certificate in Telecommunications Security that is designed for graduate-level students who work in fields such as information or network security but who do not want to pursue a master’s degree. The certificate requires students to complete four graduate-level courses, covering topics such as systems architecture, connectivity, security, and systems forensics. Students who decide to enter the Master of Science in Information Systems program at Hawaii Pacific might be able to use credits earned for the certificate toward their master’s degree. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, and the college also considers professional work experience. GMAT or GRE scores are required. Students may enter in the fall or spring semester.
|Illinois Institute of Technology||Chicago, Illinois |
Certificate in Information Security and Assurance
Master Certificate in Cyber Security Management
Master Certificate in Cyber Security Technologies
The Illinois Institute of Technology offers three certificate programs in cyber security. The Professional Certificate in Cyber Security Management requires students to complete three courses, including Network+ certification training. The Professional Certificate in Cyber Security Technologies also requires students to take three courses from the School of Applied Technology. Students can complete either of these programs in one year or less. Applicants to either program must have a background in PC hardware and software, operating systems, and file and directory concepts. IIT also offers a Certificate in Information Security and Assurance that meets national training standards for information systems security professionals (standard 4011) and systems certifiers (standard 4015). Students in this program must complete three graduate-level courses with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
|Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis||Indianapolis, Indiana |
Network Security Certificate
The School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis offers a Network Security Certificate that is available 50 percent online This certificate is designed for students with a background in network and systems administration and for information assurance professionals. The curriculum requires students to complete six courses with a grade of C or better. The curriculum covers knowledge areas that are needed for the CISSP and Security+ certifications. Applicants must have professional certification in network and systems administration, three or more years experience in network and systems administration, or an associate degree in technology. Applicants must be formally admitted to IUPUI but they do not have to be admitted to the School of Engineering and Technology to enter the certificate program.
|Indiana Wesleyan University||Marion, Indiana |
Certificate in Cybersecurity Analysis
|Iowa State University||Ames, Iowa |
Information Assurance Graduate Certificate Online
Iowa State University’s College of Engineering offers an online Information Assurance Graduate Certificate. The four-course program includes three required courses and a fourth that students select from a list of five choices. Students who take two courses a semester can complete the certificate in nine months. Several courses include a hands-on element that allows students to use software systems remotely. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in a field such as computer science, computer engineering, or a related field, or at least a year of experience in IT along with a bachelor’s degree. GRE scores are waived for IT professionals who have at least three years of experience. Credits earned for this certificate may be applied to a graduate degree.
|Ivy Tech Community College||Indianapolis, Indiana |
Digital Forensics Certificate
Network Penetration Certificate
Network Security Certificate
Technical Certificate in Cyber Security-Information Assurance
Ivy Tech Community College offers a variety of certificate programs for students interested in gaining skills in the fields of cyber security and information assurance. Options include Digital Forensics Certificate, Network Penetration Certificate, Network Security Certificate, and Technical Certificate in Cyber Security-Information Assurance. Students in any of these programs can take classes on campus or online. The Technical Certificate in Cyber Security-Information Assurance is a 33-credit program that students can complete in two to three semesters of full-time coursework. The other three certificates require students to complete 27 credits of coursework, which they can do in about three semesters. Students who complete these certificate programs also qualify for industry-recognized certifications such as Certified Ethical Hacking and CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+.
|James Madison University||Harrisonburg, Virginia |
Online Graduate Certificate in Cyber Intelligence
|Johns Hopkins University||Baltimore, Maryland |
Post-Master’s Certificate in Cybersecurity
|Keller Graduate School of Management||New York, New York |
Graduate Certificate in Information Security
The Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University has a Graduate Certificate in Information Security that students can complete online. Courses cover topics such as cryptography, intrusion detection, disaster recovery, systems architecture, and legal issues in information assurance. The curriculum requires students to take six specific courses, for 18 credit hours. Coursework is delivered in an eight-week session, and students who take one course every eight weeks can complete the certificate in about one year. Applicants for the graduate program must have a bachelor’s degree, but the college does not specify a required major. Students may be required to take prerequisite courses.
|Kennesaw State University||Kennesaw, Georgia |
Graduate Certificate Program in Information Security and Assurance
The Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University offers an online program leading to a Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Assurance. To earn the certificate, students must complete 12 credit hours. The curriculum includes three specified courses plus an elective the student selects with the approval of the MSIS program director. KSU allows students in the certificate program to apply the credits from three courses to a graduate program. This graduate certificate is open to students whether they have a technology background or not. Applicants must submit GMAT scores, transcripts of all colleges previously attended, a statement of interest, a resume, and letter of recommendation. Students may enter the program in the spring, fall, or summer semester.
|Kentucky Community and Technical College System||Versailles, Kentucky |
AAS in Computer and Information Technologies – Information Security Track
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System offers two certificate programs for students interested in cybersecurity. The Information Security Specialist Certificate is a five-course program that requires students to take courses in security fundamentals, perimeter defense, attacks and exploits, and two approved elective classes. Students complete 19 credits for this program. The Security+ Certificate prepares students with the knowledge they need to take the CompTIA Security+ certification exam, an industry recognized credential. The program is appropriate for individuals who are just gaining core skills and for professionals who want to update their skills in the field of security. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and demonstrate college readiness by ACT or SAT scores or by taking a placement test.
|La Salle University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania |
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
La Salle University has a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity that is designed for professionals who work in business management, computer science, IT, or criminal justice. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and features courses from programs including information technology leadership and economic crime forensics. The courses are delivered entirely online, and students who take two courses in the fall and spring semester and one in the summer can complete the certificate in 10 months. The curriculum includes four required courses and an approved elective. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Applicants must submit official transcripts of all previous college work, a resume, and an essay explaining why they want to enter the program.
|Lake Superior College||Duluth, Minnesota |
Certificate in Information Security Management
|Linfield College||McMinnville, Oregon |
Certificate in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics
Linfield College offers an online Certificate in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics that is designed for students who want to learn the theory underlying cybersecurity and gain experience in the field. The program requires students to complete five courses, for a total of 16 credits, including a capstone project. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.0 for any college work they have completed. Applicants without college experience must submit their high school diploma, GED, or a personal statement. The program is offered through Linfield’s Online and Continuing Education program, which assigns all applicants an admission counselor to help them through the process. Credits from this certificate can also be applied to a bachelor’s program taken through the college.
|Long Island University-Riverhead Campus||Riverhead, New York |
Advanced Certificate in Cyber Security Policy
Long Island University offers an Advanced Certificate in Cyber Security Policy that can be completed entirely online. Coursework is multidisciplinary and uses a seminar-based case study format. The coursework covers topics such as cyber terrorism, using cyber technology in law enforcement and homeland security, and legal and ethical issues in cyber security. This is a 15-credit program that requires students to complete five courses. Credits for this certificate can transfer to the Master of Science in Homeland Security Management at LIU. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or another master’s degree. However, the requirement for a bachelor’s degree may be waived for applicants with outstanding experience or credentials in the field. Applicants must submit two recommendations and a personal statement.
|Lynchburg College||Lynchburg, Virginia |
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
|Marshall University||Huntington, West Virginia |
Graduate Certificate in Information Security
Marshall University has a Graduate Certificate in Information Security that is designed to meet the certification and continuing education needs of individuals who work for the federal government, on projects funded by the Department of Defense, or for the private sector. Courses for this program are delivered online. Students can earn the certificate as a standalone credential or they can add the certificate to their studies while in the Master of Science in Technology Management program. Applicants for this program should have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 2.5. Applicants must submit GRE or GMAT scores. Students may enter the certificate program in the fall, spring, or summer semester.
|Massachusetts Bay Community College||Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts |
Advanced Cyber Security Certificate
MassBay Community College offers an Advanced Cyber Security Certificate that gives students the skills to gain a job in cybersecurity. Students who complete the coursework for the certificate are prepared to take the tests for several industry-recognized certifications, including CompTIA Security+ and Network + and Cisco CCNA and CCNA-Security. The curriculum includes seven specific classes, for a total of 23 credits. The Advanced Cyber Security Certificate is a “stackable” certificate, and students can earn multiple certificates that can be applied to an associate degree in cybersecurity, if they choose. This certificate is the second in a series offered by the college. Applicants to MassBay must have a high school diploma or GED.
|Metropolitan State University||Saint Paul, Minnesota |
Certificate in Information Assurance and Information Technology Security
Certificate in Information Assurance and Information Technology Security
Metropolitan State University has a graduate certificate in Information Assurance and Information Technology Security that takes a risk management approach to the subject. The program, offered through the College of Management, requires students to complete six courses for a total of 20 graduate credits. Students who can demonstrate competence in a required course may take an alternative course. Coursework meets National Training Standard 4011 for information systems security personnel and Standard 4016 for risk analysts. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate the necessary English and math skills to succeed in this program. Those who do not have the necessary skills may be required to take prerequisites. Applicants must submit GMAT scores, official college transcripts, a resume, goals essay, and references.
|Middle Georgia State University||Cochran, Georgia |
Certificate in Cybersecurity
|Minnesota West Community and Technical College||Granite Falls, Minnesota |
Certificate in Computer Information Security Management
Minnesota West Community and Technical College has a certificate program designed for professionals who have an information security role in their organization, such as managers, computer tech support personnel, administrative assistants, and professionals in the accounting office. The courses cover topics such as assessing risk, designing security networks, educating other employees about information security, and creating a disaster recovery plan. Students will also learn some of the theory behind authentication, encryption, and malware. This is a six-course, 14-credit program, and students can complete the courses in two semesters. Coursework for the Certificate in Computer Information Security Management is delivered online.
|Mississippi College||Clinton, Mississippi |
Certificate in Cyber Security and Information Assurance
|Missouri State University-Springfield||Springfield, Missouri |
Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate
The Department of Computer Information Systems at Missouri State University offers a Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate program that includes hands-on experience in securing and defending information systems from attacks, using computer lab simulations. The program is designed for professionals in a large range of industries who are charged with keeping information safe, including workers in fields such as education, retail, and health care. This 12-credit program requires students to take a course in the fundamentals of cybersecurity and choose three more courses from a list of four options. Applicants must be admitted to Missouri State University as a graduate student meeting the requirements for the MBA program. Those requirements include a bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 GPA, professional experience, and GRE or GMAT scores.
|Missouri University of Science and Technology||Rolla, Missouri |
Big Data Management and Security Graduate Certificate
Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
Information Assurance & Security Officer Essentials Graduate Certificate
Missouri University of Science and Technology has two graduate certificates in cybersecurity: Big Data Management and Security Graduate Certificate and Information Assurance & Security Officer Essentials Graduate Certificate. The big data program requires students to take four courses in three subject areas. Students must have the prerequisites for any class they select. The program is open to students who have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, or a science discipline. Applicants must have at least two years of professional experience. Students may be able to apply the credits to a master’s program in computer science. The information assurance program includes the coursework necessary for students to meet national training standards 4011 for information system security professionals and 4014 for information systems security officers.
|Mitchell Hamline School of Law||St. Paul, Minnesota |
Certificate in Cybersecurity and Privacy Law
|Moraine Park Technical College||Fond du Lac, Wisconsin |
Information Technology – Information Security Certificate
Moraine Valley Community College has a Network Security Specialist Certificate program that is designed to prepare students for a job in IT security and to provide advanced training and new skills to people who are already working in the network security industry. The program pays particular attention to the areas of finance, health care, and electronic commerce. The certificate requires students to complete 36 credits, and students can complete the certificate in three semesters. Students who are pursuing a related degree through Moraine Valley can earn the certificate and apply the credits toward their degree. Moraine Valley Community College has an open admissions policy.
|Naval Postgraduate School||Monterey, California |
Certificate in Applied Cyber Operations
Certificate in Cyber Operations Infrastructure
Cyber Security Adversarial Techniques graduate certificate
Cyber Security Defense graduate certificate
Cyber Security Fundamentals graduate certificate
The Naval Postgraduate School offers a series of graduate certificates in cybersecurity that students can use as a standalone credential or as a stepping stone to a master’s degree. Several of the certificate programs are delivered in an online format, including the Cyber Security Fundamentals graduate certificate, Cyber Security Defense graduate certificate, and Cyber Security Adversarial Techniques graduate certificate. Online students typically complete a certificate in three academic quarters. Applicants for these programs should have a bachelor’s degree and a basic understanding of computers. To enter this program, students should have a background in cyber security and networking, and they are required to know C programming, assembly, shell scripting, and the use of linkers, loaders, and debuggers.
|Northern Kentucky University||Highland Heights, Kentucky |
Northern Kentucky University has an 18-credit, undergraduate-level Cybersecurity Certificate that requires students to complete six courses covering topics such as networking, Unix systems, securing computer systems, and databases. In the capstone course, students are required to research a topic in computer security and prepare a research paper. The courses may have prerequisites that are not included in the cybersecurity certificate. The courses for this certificate are delivered online. The certificate program is open to individuals who already have a college degree and who want to gain skills for a job in cybersecurity. Current NKU students can also sign up for the certificate program, no matter their major if they have the prerequisite courses.
|Northern Virginia Community College||Annandale, Virginia |
Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate
Students who want to prepare for an entry-level job as a network security specialist can enroll in the Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate program at Northern Virginia Community College. Students gain basic skills in network security, attacks, computer crime and hacking, network authentication, firewalls, electronic commerce security, and cyber law. Additionally, content in these classes helps to prepare students to take exams for industry-recognized certifications such as CompTIA Security+ and CISSP. Students can complete the 24 credits needed for this certificate in two semesters. Courses for this program are offered online and at the Northern Virginia Community College campuses in Alexandria, Manassas, and Woodbridge.
|Norwich University||Northfield, Vermont |
Graduate Certificate in Computer Forensics Investigation
Graduate Certificate in Critical Infrastructure Protection & Cyber Crime
Graduate Certificate in Cyber Law & International Perspectives on Cyberspace
Graduate Certificate in Vulnerability Management
Norwich University offers two graduate certificates in cybersecurity. The Graduate Certificate in Computer Forensic Investigation/Incident Response Team Management includes a course covering each of those subjects, while the Graduate Certificate in Vulnerability Management covers penetration testing and vulnerability management. Each certificate requires students to complete two courses, delivered online in 11-week sessions, for a total of 12 graduate credits. Credits may be applied to the Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance program at Norwich. Applicants should have a background in networking, programming, and operating systems, although their undergraduate degree can be in any discipline. Applicants must submit a resume, college transcripts, and a letter of intent.
|Oklahoma State University-Main Campus||Stillwater, Oklahoma |
Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance
The Center for Telecommunications and Network Security at Oklahoma State University offers an online Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance with course content from a variety of departments, including the business school, computer science department, and electrical engineering department. The program requires students to complete five courses, with students selecting most of the courses from a menu of approved classes. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field, such as computer science, electrical or computer engineering, or management information systems. GRE or GMAT scores are not required, and the college looks for applicants who earned at least a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work. Coursework is delivered through internet videostreaming.
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, Virginia |
Cyber Security Certificate
Old Dominion University has a graduate-level Cyber Security Certificate that students can take in a 100 percent online format. This is a 12-credit program that requires students to complete four courses covering topics such as cryptography, network security, and information assurance. Online classes are generally asynchronous and follow the same academic calendar as on-campus classes follow. Individuals who are not already ODU students must first apply to ODU as a non-degree-seeking student and then apply to the certificate program. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in a computer science-related field with a GPA of 3.0. Credits earned in the certificate program may be applied toward a Master of Science in Computer Science at Old Dominion.
|Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus||University Park, Pennsylvania |
Certificate in Information Systems Cybersecurity
PennState World Campus, the online arm of Penn State, offers an Information Systems Cybersecurity Certificate for Professionals, a postbaccalaureate certificate. To earn the certificate, students must complete five courses for 15 credits. Two specific courses are required, and students may select the other three from an approved menu or seek approval to take a different course instead. The program is designed for professionals in information technology in any industry or sector. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in a technical or scientific field, although the school will consider applicants whose undergraduate degree is in a different field if they have extensive IT experience. Students may enter in the fall or spring semester, and the online classes follow a traditional semester calendar.
|Purdue University Global||Chicago, Illinois |
Computer Forensics Postbaccalaureate Certificate
Information Security Postbaccalaureate Certificate
|Quinsigamond Community College||Worcester, Massachusetts |
Certificate in Computer Systems Engineering Technology – Cyber Security
Quinsigamond Community College offers a Computer Systems Engineering Technology – Cyber Security Certificate designed to prepare graduates for a job in computer systems support with a cybersecurity emphasis. The program requires students to complete eight classes, equal to 27 credits, and full-time students can finish the classes in two semesters. Credits from this certificate can be applied toward two associate programs at Quinsigamond – the forensics or enterprise information technology options of the computer systems engineering technology degree. Students who complete all the coursework for the certificate should be prepared to take several industry-recognized certification exams, including CompTIA Network+, Security+, and Linux+, as well as CISSP 208 Enterprise IT Systems Security. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
|Regent University||Virginia Beach, Virginia |
Certificate of Graduate Studies in Cybersecurity
|Regis University||Denver, Colorado |
Graduate Cyber Security Certificate
The College of Computer and Information Sciences at Regis University has a Graduate Cyber Security Certificate that students can complete online in less than a year. The program requires students to complete four courses, which they can select from a menu of six courses. Students who complete the graduate certificate can apply the credits earned towards a Master of Science in Information Assurance with a specialization in cybersecurity. Classes in the certificate program align with a variety of industry exams for information assurance professionals, so earning the certificate can also help students to prepare for exams such as CISSP, Cisco Certified Network Professional, or Certified Ethical Hacker.
|Robert Morris University||Moon Township, Pennsylvania |
Certificate in Mobile Forensics and Security
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Rochester, New York |
Online Advanced Certificate In Cybersecurity
|Sam Houston State University||Huntsville, Texas |
Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
Graduate Certificate in Data Assurance
Graduate Certificate in Digital Investigation
Sam Houston State University has a 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity that students can earn in a 100 percent online environment. The program requires students to complete five courses. Four of the courses are specified, and for the fifth course, students select between two options. The program is open to students who have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or in a closely related field. Applicants should have earned a GPA of at least 3.0 on undergraduate work. Sam Houston State does not require applicants to submit scores from standardized tests. Students may enter the program in the spring or fall semester.
|SANS Technology Institute||Bethesda, Maryland |
Cyber Defense Operations Certificate
Cybersecurity Engineering Certificate
Incident Response Certificate
Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking Certificate
Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Cybersecurity
SANS Technology Institute offers a variety of graduate-level cybersecurity certificates that students can take online. Options include Cyber Defense Operations Certificate, Cybersecurity Engineering Certificate, Incident Response Certificate, and Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking Certificate. These certificates are 12- or 13-credit programs, and for three of the certificates, assessment for the required coursework requires students to pass various GIAC standardized exams. The incident response and pen-testing programs use courses from the Master of Science in Information Security Engineering, and students who complete the certificate can apply those credits toward the master’s degree if they decide to pursue it. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a 2.8 or higher GPA and at least one year of professional experience in IT, information security, or audit.
|St Petersburg College||Clearwater, Florida |
Certificate in Cybersecurity
Students who want to prepare for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam can cover the necessary material while earning a Certificate in Cybersecurity from St. Petersburg College. The curriculum includes six courses, worth 18 credits, that cover topics such as legal aspects of IT security, intrusion detection, router security, incident response, disaster recovery, and ethical hacking. Students who enroll in this program should have basic computer skills, such as the ability to edit files, navigate a file systems, and browse the internet. They must also understand networking and have training or knowledge about a Unix or Linux operating system. Credits earned in this certificate program can be applied toward the associate degree in information technology security at St. Petersburg College.
|Stanford University||Stanford, California |
Advanced Computer Security Certificate
Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development offers an Advanced Computer Security Certificate that students can earn in a self-paced, online environment. The program requires students to complete three core courses and three restricted electives, covering topics such as protecting networks, securing assets, building secure infrastructure, preventing attacks, and ensuring privacy. The courses are offered on demand and students have 60 days to complete each course, although the university recommends completing each course within 30 days. The information is condensed, and students can complete most of the courses in about eight hours. Students who sign up for this certificate should have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a background in security.
|Stevens Institute of Technology||Hoboken, New Jersey |
Graduate Certificate in Systems Security Engineering
Secure Network Systems Design Graduate Certificate
Stevens University has online programs leading to graduate certificates in various aspects of cybersecurity. The Secure Network Systems Design Graduate Certificate, offered by the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science, includes elements of electrical engineering, computer engineering, and related fields. The School of Systems and Enterprises offers a Development of Trusted Software Systems Graduate Certificate, which is designed for experienced software engineers. Students must complete four courses, worth 12 credits, to earn either certificate. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in a technical field with a GPA of at least 3.0. Students who later enter a master’s degree or MBA program at Stevens may be able to apply the credits earned for the certificate toward their graduate degree.
|Stevenson University||Stevenson, Maryland |
Online Certificate in Digital Forensics
|Sullivan University||Louisville, Kentucky |
Certificate in Cybersecurity Administration
Certificate in Network Support Administration and Security
Cybersecurity Professional Certificate
Sullivan University offers two online certificates in cybersecurity, the Cyber Security Administration Certificate and the Cyber Security Professional Certificate. Both of these undergraduate certificates require students to take eight courses, worth 32 quarter credits, and each can be completed in 12 months of part-time study. The administration certificate is an entry-level program that covers topics such as fundamentals of computer hardware and networks, computer security fundamentals, and administrating Windows and Linux servers. The professional certificate is an intermediate-level program that builds on basic technical skills. Either program may be taken as a stand-alone certificate or pursued as part of a degree program.
|SUNY Westchester Community College||Valhalla, New York |
The Department of Computer Information Technologies at Westchester Community College has a Cybersecurity Certificate program that gives students a background in both theory and practical training in the field. The certificate focuses specifically on cybersecurity for business, and students who enroll in this program should already have some computer experience. Individuals who are already working in IT can gain new job skills through this program. To earn the certificate, students must complete nine specific courses covering topics such as computer hardware, operating systems, networking, network security, penetration testing, and forensics. Students can apply the courses in this certificate toward the Associate of Applied Science in Cybersecurity from Westchester.
|Syracuse University||Syracuse, New York |
Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Security Management
The School of Information Studies at Syracuse University has an online program leading to a Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Security Management. The program requires students to complete 15 credits, with four to six credits in required courses and six to eight credits taken in electives that allow each student to customize the program. Students may pursue the CAS on a full-time or part-time basis. The university accepts applications year-round, and students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer term. Applicants must submit credentials from previous college work, a personal statement, and a resume. GRE scores are not required. The certificate can be a standalone credential or students may take it as part of a graduate degree program.
|The University of Montana||Missoula, Montana |
Cyber Security Professional Certificate
The Department of Applied Computing and Engineering Technology at the University of Montana offers a Cybersecurity Professional Certificate to help computer and networking professionals gain skills in network and information security. Students will gain experience in business continuity, risk assessment, contingency planning, system design, security investigation, and troubleshooting. The curriculum requires students to complete four specific courses for a total of 16 credits. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in a field such as network management, although the program will accept students who have equivalent work experience. It is recommended that students have industry certifications such as A+ or CCNA to ensure they have the appropriate skills.
|The University of West Florida||Pensacola, Florida |
Certificate in Intelligence Analysis
The University of West Florida has online options for both a graduate certificate and a certificate of completion in cybersecurity. The Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Cybersecurity, granted by the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering, combines courses in database and cybersecurity, computer programming, and geographic information science. The program requires students to complete seven courses, which are all offered online. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. The Division of Continuing Education offers a Certificate of Completion from the Intelligence Analysis program for students who complete four required undergraduate courses. Students in the program can take two additional classes in geographic information systems. Students may apply as a non-degree-seeking student.
|Troy University||Troy, Alabama |
Online Cyber Security Certificate Program
|University of Alaska Southeast||Juneau, Alaska |
Healthcare Privacy & Security Certificate
The University of Alaska Southeast has an undergraduate Healthcare Privacy & Security Certificate that is designed to help prepare students for a job in the health care field. Students will learn about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and cover topics such as legal and ethical issues that come from disclosing data. Courses also cover client rights and responsibilities, contacts, and liability. To earn the certificate, students must complete seven required courses in health information management, as well as classes in English, oral communications, and computer literacy. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and they must complete the English placement test. Students who complete the certificate can apply the coursework toward an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management.
|University of Arizona||Tucson, Arizona |
MISonline – Enterprise Security Certificate
The University of Arizona offers an online Enterprise Security Certificate that is designed for information security professionals who work in the public or private sector. To earn the certificate, students must complete three three-credit courses, covering information security, information security risk management, and systems security management. Students who complete the program earn the graduate certificate, four National Security Agency CNSS certificates, CPE units, and a year of qualified work experience towards the Certified Information Security Manager designation. Applicants to the certificate program must have a bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Students with a lower GPA may be able to begin the program on probationary status.
|University of California-Irvine||Irvine, California |
Information Systems Security Certificate Program
Professionals preparing for the CISSP certification exam can gain the required knowledge through the Information Systems Security Certificate program that is offered by the University of California, Irvine’s Division of Continuing Education. The curriculum focuses on designing, engineering, and managing secure information systems. Ideal candidates for this program include security professionals who work in software development or on IT infrastructure teams, as well as security auditors and technicians. Students must take three required courses and two or more electives. The coursework is delivered entirely online, and students must complete the certificate within five years. Students may enroll for specific courses without pursuing the certificate. A few universities will accept transfer credits from this continuing education program for a master’s program.
|University of Dallas||Irving, Texas |
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
The Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas has an 18-credit program leading to a graduate certificate in cybersecurity. The certificate program is designed for students who already have a master’s degree or for professionals who want to gain more specialized knowledge in cybersecurity. Students can earn the certificate at the pace they choose, completing it in six terms if they take one course per term. The Gupta College of Business offers multiple start dates each year, and classes are delivered in a 12-week or six-week format, as well as an intermester format that runs for less than a month. The college considers previous academic performance, work experience, and optional GMAT or GRE scores to determine who is admitted.
|University of Denver||Denver, Colorado |
Information System Security Certificate
The University of Denver has an online Information System Security Certificate that aligns with the Common Body of Knowledge students must know to complete the exam for the CISSP certification. To earn the certificate, students must take four required courses and two electives, which can be selected from courses offered in any information and communications technology program. Students who complete the certificate and decide to pursue a master’s degree in information and communications technology can apply certificate credits towards their master’s degree. Applicants to the certificate program must have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. GMAT or GRE scores are not required. The University of Denver uses the quarter system.
|University of Fairfax||Roanoke, Virginia |
Cybersecurity Best Practices (CBP) – CISSP Graduate Certificate
Information Security Professional Practices (ISPP) Graduate Certificate
The University of Fairfax offers two online graduate certificates in cybersecurity that help students prepare for industry certification and earn credits that can be applied to an advanced degree. The certificates are the Cybersecurity Best Practices (CBP)-CISSP Graduate Certificate and the Information Security Professional Practices (ISPP) Graduate Certificate. The CBP certificate is a six-credit program that includes two courses and a CISSP review seminar. The ISPP Graduate Certificate is an 18-credit program that requires students to complete six courses, although students who earn the CPB certificate first have completed two of the courses already. Students may apply the credits from either certificate to a Master of Science in Information Security Management or a Doctorate in Information Assurance.
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Champaign, Illinois |
Computer Security Certificate
The Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign allows non-degree seeking students to earn a certificate in specialized areas of computer science by taking specific graduate-level courses. The Computer Security Certificate requires students to complete three specific computer science classes, which are offered online in an asynchronous format. Students must complete all the courses for the certificate within two years. Applicants for the program must have at least a bachelor’s degree. While the university does not specify a desired undergraduate major, the department recommends that applicants have a computer science background gained through college study, professional experience, or professional development coursework.
|University of Louisville||Louisville, Kentucky |
Online Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
Computer professionals who want to sharpen their skills in the field of cyber security can earn a Graduate Certificate in Network and Information Security from the University of Louisville. All the classes needed for this certificate are offered 100 percent online. The curriculum requires students to complete two specified courses from the Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science and two electives from a list of related courses the department offers. Applicants to the program must have a bachelor’s degree and enough background in computer science to meet the perquisites for the required classes. The computer science knowledge can be from academic classwork or gained through work experience.
|University of Maine at Fort Kent||Fort Kent, Maine |
Information Security- Certificate
The University of Maine has an undergraduate Information System Security Certificate that prepares students for jobs in information assurance or as an information security analyst. The program requires students to complete 10 courses in the topic. Six of the courses are specified, and students select the other four from about a dozen options. To earn the certificate, students must complete at least half of the courses through the University of Maine, and students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher in the courses required for the certificate. This certificate program is housed in the College of Professional Studies and the classes are offered online.
|University of Maryland-University College||Adelphi, Maryland |
Certificate in Computer Networking
Certificate in Homeland Security Management
Certificate in Information Assurance Graduate
Certificate in Cybersecurity Policy Graduate
Certificate in Cybersecurity Technology
The University of Maryland University College offers a variety of online programs leading to certificates in cybersecurity at the graduate or undergraduate level. For students who have a bachelor’s degree, UMUC offers a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Policy and a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Technology. Options for undergraduates include Certificate in Computer Networking, Certificate in Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation, Certificate in Homeland Security Management, Certificate in Information Assurance, and Foundations of Cybersecurity Certificate. Credits earned in the undergraduate programs can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree, and credits from a graduate certificate may be applied towards a master’s degree if a student chooses to complete a degree. UMUC does not require standardized test scores or set a minimum GPA for admission.
|University of Massachusetts-Lowell||Lowell, Massachusetts |
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
The University of Massachusetts Lowell offers a Graduate Certificate in Network Security that students can complete entirely online. The certificate is designed for systems administrators. network managers, and other IT professionals. The program, offered by the Computer Science Department, focuses on application-specific details, operational framework, and case studies. Students who complete the four courses required for the certificate may apply those credits toward the online Master of Science in Information Technology. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree. While a major in computer science or IT is preferred, the program accepts students with a bachelor’s degree in any field who have at least one semester of precalculus, a semester of discrete mathematics, and a semester of statistics, as well as proficiency in C programming.
|University of Nebraska at Omaha||Omaha, Nebraska |
Executive Certificate in Cyber & Cyber Security Law
Information Assurance (IA) Certificate
The College of Information Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska Omaha has two different Graduate Certificates in Information Assurance. One is offered as part of the computer science graduate program and requires students to take four courses, each worth three credits. Topics covered include distributed systems and network security, secure systems engineering, and trusted systems design. The Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis also offers a 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance. Courses include computer security management, information security policy and ethics, and security risk management. Applicants for either certificate should have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 and at least a year of professional experience. Credits from these programs may be applied toward a master’s degree.
|University of New Haven||West Haven, Connecticut |
Certificate in Cybercrime Investigations
Certificate in Digital Forensics Investigations
|University of North Carolina at Greensboro||Greensboro, North Carolina |
Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
The Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina Greensboro has a Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance, Security, and Privacy that provides students with theory and practical expertise in the fields of information security and privacy. Students are required to complete 12 to 15 credits, including required courses in data management, telecommunications and networks, and information security and privacy. This program is open to applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in any academic field. Applicants must submit official transcripts, a statement of purpose outlining their career and educational goals, three recommendations, and a resume. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester.
|University of Phoenix||Phoenix, Arizona |
Advanced Cyber Security Certificate (Undergraduate)
|University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania |
CAS in Security Assured Information Systems (SAIS)
Cybersecurity Professional Education Program
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity, Policy, and Law
The School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh offers a Certificate of Advanced Study in Security Assured Information Systems that allows students to gain skills and qualifications in the field of information assurance. The program is open to students who have achieved a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in information science or a related field. The curriculum requires students to take three core courses and two electives, including one in networking or in systems and technology. Students who complete the program are eligible for at least three Committee on National Security Systems Certifications: 4011 for information security professionals, 4012 for designated approving authority, and 4013 for system administrators. Students who take specific electives can also receive the CNSS 4014 or CNSS 4015 certification.
|University of Rhode Island||Kingston, Rhode Island |
Cyber Security Graduate Certificate
Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics
The Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Center at the University of Rhode Island offers two certificates in cyber security that students can complete entirely online. The Professional Certificate in Cyber Security is designed for working professionals who want to gain the skills but who do not have a four-year degree. The Cyber Security Graduate Certificate is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree and who want to take advanced classes but who can’t commit to a master’s program. Applicants to either program should have computer knowledge equivalent to that needed to earn the Network+ certification. Either certificate requires students to complete four courses, with an optional background course in the fundamentals of cyber security available before students begin the required classes.
|University of South Florida-Main Campus||Tampa, Florida |
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity – Awareness and Education
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity – Cyber Intelligence
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity-Digital Forensics
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity-Information Assurance
The University of South Florida offers graduate certificates in cybersecurity that allow students to concentrate in cyber intelligence, digital forensics, information assurance, or computer security fundamentals. The interdisciplinary programs require students to complete 12 to 18 credits. All classes are offered 100 percent online, and most are delivered in an eight-week format. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher with a GPA of at least 3.0. USF recommends applicants have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, MIS, or IT. Additionally, applicants should have a background in C or C++ programming, computer networks, design of operating systems, algorithms, data structures, and computer organization. Credits earned in the certificate program can be applied towards a USF master’s degree.
|University of St Thomas||Houston, Texas |
Certificate in Cybersecurity Analysis
|University of Vermont||Burlington, Vermont |
Certificate in Computer Software – Cybersecurity Track
The University of Vermont has an online Certificate in Computer Software that allows students to follow a cybersecurity track. To earn the certificate, students must complete five courses, with three required cybersecurity courses and two electives that can be selected from a list of approved courses. Students receive academic credit for each class they pass, and those credits can be applied towards a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester. Once enrolled in the certificate program, students are eligible for career advising from the university’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, and they can also seek placement for internships or for job shadowing.
|University of Virginia||Charlottesville, Virginia |
Certificate in Cybersecurity Management
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Virginia offers a Certificate in Cybersecurity Management that students can earn completely online. Coursework for this certificate covers topics such as identifying threats, developing defense strategies, creating policy, and planning and conducting security assessments. The program is designed for managers who have cybersecurity duties, IT professionals who want a management role, and career changers who want to enter the field of cybersecurity. The program requires students to complete six courses, and students who take two courses per semester can complete the program in a year. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, but no specific major is required. Students can start the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester.
|University of Washington-Seattle Campus||Seattle, Washington |
Certificate in Cybersecurity Certificate in Ethical Hacking
The University of Washington offers a Certificate in Information Systems Security to provide IT professionals with a technical review of security issues and provide them with hands-on experience in fighting threats. The program is designed for experienced software developers and analysts and for professionals who have at least two years of work experience in systems, database, network, or security administration. Classes are offered online and in downtown Seattle. The program runs for eight months and covers topics such as foundations of information security, tools and technologies, and security solutions. The course material includes information students can use when preparing for certification exams such as Systems Security Certified Professional or Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
|University of Washington-Tacoma Campus||Tacoma, Washington |
Certificate in Information Security & Risk Management
The University of Washington has a Certificate in Information Security & Risk Management that is designed for IT professionals and other individuals who want to enter the field of data security. This three-course program is offered online and runs for about eight months. As part of the program, students gain hands-on experience by providing services as an information security consultant for a local organization. They also learn to use EC-Council iLabs software. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or at least two years of college and computer-related work experience in a role such as systems administrator. All applicants should have at least a year of business experience and have a basic understanding of information systems security fundamentals.
|University of West Georgia||Carrollton, Georgia |
Online Certificate – Fundamentals of Computer Forensics
Online Certificate – Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
|Villanova University||Villanova, Pennsylvania |
Certificate in Information Systems Security
Master Certificate in Information Security Management
Master Certificate in Information Security Management – Government Security
Villanova University offers certificates in several aspects of information security management. These not-for-credit programs are designed for professionals in the cybersecurity field. The Master Certificate in Information Systems Security is a three-course program that prepares students for CompTIA Security+ certification and is designed for mid-level IT professionals who have experience in networking and security. The Master Certificate in Information Security Management is a three-course program that prepares students for three professional certification exams. Professionals who contract with the federal government can earn a Master Certificate in Information Security Management-Government. The Advanced Master Certificate in Cybersecurity is designed for professionals who already have Security+ certification. These online programs start classes 12 times a year.
|Virginia Tech||Blacksburg, Virginia |
Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Analytics
|Walden University||Minneapolis, Minnesota |
Graduate Certificate in Fundamentals of Cyber Security
|Webster University||Saint Louis, Missouri |
Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Threat Detection
Webster University has a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity – Threat Detection that students can complete in an entirely online environment. Content focuses on cybersecurity infrastructure, law and policy, and current tools for detection. The curriculum includes four courses, each worth three credits. Applicants for the graduate certificate, which is offered by the Walker School of Business and Technology, must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5. Applicants should have a working knowledge of computer systems or digital networks and must have good math skills. Graduate-level classes at Webster University are delivered in nine-week terms.
|Wichita State University||Wichita, Kansas |
Certificate in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
|Worcester Polytechnic Institute||Worcester, Massachusetts |
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers a graduate-level Cybersecurity Certificate that students can earn completely online. The program, designed for computer scientists, includes six courses that cover topics such as intrusion detection, digital forensics, computer and network security, software security design, and operations risk management. Applicants for this program must have a bachelor’s degree from an ABET-accredited program. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities they have attended, as well as a statement of purpose. Students may be able to count courses they have already taken toward the certificate, and they must submit a program of study that shows what prior credits they would like to use for this program.
|Wright State University||Celina, Ohio |
Cyber Security Analytics Certificate
The College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University has a graduate-level Cyber Security Analytics Certificate designed for professionals who need a technical education in cyber risks. The curriculum requires students to take four specific courses, for a total of 12 credits. The courses cover topics such as host computer security, network security, attacks and defenses, and information security. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, information science, or a similar technical field from an ABET-accredited college. The college requires applicants to have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Students in the certificate program are non-degree-seeking, but the required courses are the four core courses for Wright State’s Master of Science in Cyber Security program.
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