Cybersecurity Certificate Programs

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Overview of Certificate Programs in Cybersecurity

A Cybersecurity Certificate is a one-year program (12-18 credit hours) focused on practical cyber security knowledge and skills. Unlike professional certifications (e.g. CISSP, CEH, etc.), this is an academic qualification offered by universities and colleges.

Cybersecurity Certificates come in two major flavors:

  • Undergraduate Certificates are designed to get you up to speed on core cyber security issues/skills. Some students start with an undergraduate certificate before committing to a bachelor’s degree.
  • Graduate Certificates are more varied. These are intended for professionals who already hold an undergraduate degree and are looking to improve their knowledge, increase their job prospects or take the first step towards a master’s degree.

Many of these programs are tailored to the schedules of working adults. To that end, Cybersecurity Certificates are increasingly being provided online.

Types of Cybersecurity Certificate Programs

Undergraduate Cybersecurity Certificates

Undergraduate Cybersecurity Certificates deal primarily with security basics. So instead of deep-level explorations in statistics and operating systems, you might be looking at topics like network security, auditing/assessment, risk management and cyber crime. Schools often cherry-pick upper level undergraduate courses from their Computer Science and IT departments to create the syllabus.

Graduate Cybersecurity Certificates

Anxious to get ahead in your cybersecurity career? You won’t have any trouble finding a graduate certificate to suit your interest. In the past few years, the variety of offerings has exploded.

Examples of specialized certificates include:

  • Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation
  • Homeland Security Management
  • Information Assurance
  • Healthcare Security
  • Advanced Engineering
  • Cyber Security Policy and Privacy
  • Cyber Law

Just to repeat, graduate certificates are geared towards IT/cyber security professionals who already hold a bachelor’s degree. Indeed, some of these programs will help you prepare for CISSP certification.

Cybersecurity Certificate Curriculum

You’ll discover a lot of variety in certificate curricula, especially in graduate certificate programs. We’ve listed some courses you may see appearing again and again, but none of them are set in stone.

Undergraduate Certificate: Sample Courses

  • Database Management
  • Security Administration
  • Cyber Security and Risk Management
  • Network Systems & Security
  • Operational Security
  • Digital Forensics
  • Cryptography
  • Cyber Law

Graduate Certificate: Sample Courses

  • Security Models and Architecture
  • Network Security
  • Wireless Security
  • Database Security
  • Algorithm Analysis
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Information Assurance
  • Auditing
  • Security Risk Assessment
  • Security Policies
  • Disaster Recovery and Continuity Planning
  • Penetration Testing
  • Intrusion Detection & Prevention
  • Digital Forensics
  • Ethics
  • Cyber Law
  • Biometrics

Cybersecurity Certificate Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Certificate Requirements

For an undergraduate Cybersecurity Certificate, schools will want to see a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Want to test the waters? Take a look at some of the free online courses from various universities.

Graduate Certificate Requirements

For a graduate Cybersecurity Certificate, you will generally be expected to have a:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or college
  • Solid background in computer science and information technology

Note: You may not need a technical bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or similar to apply. Schools will look at the whole picture, including your professional work experience in IT.

All On-Campus Certificate in Cybersecurity Programs

Below are all the matching programs we found in our directory, from 185 US schools.

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Alabama
Northeast Alabama Community CollegeRainsville, Alabama
Certificate in Computer Information Systems – Security+
Certificate in Computer Information Systems – Security+
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University of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham, Alabama
Certificate in Computer Forensics Computer Forensics Certicate Program
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has graduate level certificates in computer forensics that are available to students enrolled in graduate programs at UAB and non-degree-seeking students. The certificates are co-sponsored by the Department of Justice Sciences and the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. The Category A certificate is open to students who are working towards a master’s degree in criminal justice, forensic science, or computer science at UAB. The Category B certificate is open to non-degree students. All applicants must have competency in object oriented programming and basic forensic science competency or they will be required to take prerequisite classes. To earn the certificate, students must complete 21 credits.
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Arizona
Estrella Mountain Community CollegeAvondale, Arizona
IT Security Associate Certificate
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Mohave Community CollegeKingman, Arizona
Cybersecurity and Network Support Certificate (CSNSC)
Mohave Community College offers a program to prepare students with the skills needed to take a job involving technical and network support for an organization, including basic security protocols. The program leading to a Systems Support and Security Certificate requires students to complete six courses offered by the Department of Computer Information Systems. Five of the courses are specified, and students can choose between two different courses for the final three credits in the program. The program is also called the Cybersecurity and Network Support Certificate of Proficiency. The program is open to students who are high school graduates or who have a GED.
Yavapai CollegePrescott, Arizona
Cybersecurity Specialist Certificate
California
California State University-FullertonFullerton, California
Certificate in Crime and Intelligence Analysis
The University Extended Education program at California State University Fullerton has professional development programs leading to a certificate in crime and intelligence analysis or a certificate in cybersecurity analysis. The crime and intelligence program includes eight required courses and a 400-hour practicum/internship. Students who complete the program receive 18.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and will be designated as a Certified Crime & Intelligence Analyst by the California Department of Justice. Applicants must have completed an introductory course in criminal justice and a class in criminal law and they must have basic computer skills. The cybersecurity certificate requires students to complete four classes, for which they will receive 9.8 CEUs. There are no prerequisites beyond basic knowledge of information technology and computer programming.
California State University-SacramentoSacramento, California
Certificate in Information Assurance and Security
Sacramento State University offers graduate certificates of advanced studies to students enrolled in the Master of Science in Computer Science degree program. One of the options for such advanced studies is the Certificate in Information Assurance and Security. To complete the certificate, students must complete nine credits by passing three courses. Students can select the courses from a menu of five graduate level courses. To enter the M.S. in Computer Science program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year school in computer science or a closely related field. Applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.0 and must submit GRE scores.
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California State University-San BernardinoSan Bernardino, California
Certificate in Cyber Security
Students at all levels can enter the Cyber Security Certificate program that is offered through the Cyber Security Center at California State University, San Bernardino. The program is open to current students at SCUSB or students in the extended learning program. The 32-credit Cyber Security Certificate meets Committee on National Security Systems standards for information systems security professionals (CNSS 4011) and senior system managers (CNSS 4012). To complete the work toward the certificate, students must complete six specified classes and two electives that they select from a menu of four courses. Students are allowed to transfer a limited number of credits, and they must get approval for any course substitutions they want to make.
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City College of San FranciscoSan Francisco, California
Advanced Certificate in Cybersecurity
Certificate in Cybersecurity
Certificate in Security for Web App Development
Network Security Certificate
The Department of Computer Networking and Information Technology at the City College of San Francisco offers a Network Security Certificate. The program prepares students for entry-level jobs in a network security position and helps students to prepare for the CompTIA Security+ exam. The program requires students to complete four specified courses and one elective course selected from a menu of three options, for a total of 15 academic credits. Students can complete the program in as few as two semesters. Topics covered in the classes for this certificate include firewalls, ethical hacking, network defense, recognizing viruses, hardening computer systems, and basic computer forensics.
Coastline Community CollegeFountain Valley, California
Certificate of Achievement in Cybersecurity
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Cypress CollegeCypress, California
Cyber Defense Certificate
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Long Beach City CollegeLong Beach, California
Certificate in Cyber Security
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Los Medanos CollegePittsburg, California
Networking and Security (Advanced) Certificate
Networking and Security (Basic) Certificate
Los Medanos College has coursework leading to basic and advanced certificates in networking and security. The programs are offered through the Department of Computer Science. For the basic certificate of achievement in networking and security, students must complete six specified computer science courses, for a total of 16 academic units. To obtain the certificate, students are also required to complete a math course and English class that meet the school’s basic competency requirements, or students can test out of these requirements. For the advanced certificate, students must complete all the coursework in the major that is required for students receiving an Associate of Science in Networking and Security, which amounts to 31 or 32 credits, or five more courses beyond the basic certificate.
Monterey Peninsula CollegeMonterey, California
Cisco Networking and Security Professional certificate program
Monterrey Peninsula College has a program leading to a Cisco Networking and Security Professional certificate. Students who complete the program receive a career/technical certificate of achievement. The program is designed for students who want to prepare to take certification exams such as the CompTIA Security+ exam or tests offered through the Cisco Certified Network Academy. Students in the program must pass five specified courses, with a total of 19 certificate credit units. Topics covered include routing and switching, scaling, interconnecting network, and security. Applicants to Monterrey Peninsula College should be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.
Naval Postgraduate SchoolMonterey, California
Information Systems Security Engineering (ISSE) Certificate
The Naval Postgraduate School offers an Information Systems Security Engineering (ISSE) Certificate to prepare employees of federal agencies with the knowledge and skills needed to address cybersecurity issues in both new and existing computer systems. The program requires students to complete five courses, covering topics such as security, vulnerability assessment and risk mitigation, principles of security systems, and security engineering for information systems. The ISSE Certificate was created by the Center for Information Systems Studies and Research to serve federal agencies including the Department of Defense. Applicants to a certificate program at the NPS must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school with a GPA of at least 2.2. GRE scores are optional for certificate programs.
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Sacramento City CollegeSacramento, California
Info Sys Security Certificate of Achievement Program
Students who are interested in learning about information systems security without having to take the general education coursework required for a degree can earn a Certificate of Achievement in Information Systems Security through Sacramento City College. To earn the certificate, students must complete all 29 academic units that comprise the information systems security major coursework. Topics covered by these classes include operating systems, network administration, counter measures, firewalls, and computer forensics. Students are required to earn a grade of C or higher in each of the classes. The courses in this program also prepare students to take several exams for industry certification in information systems security, such as the CompTIA Security+ exam and the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer exam.
San Jose State UniversitySan Jose, California
Advanced Certificate in Cybersecurity: Core Technologies
Advanced Certificate in Cybersecurity: Core Technologies
Advanced Certificate in Cybersecurity: Core Technologies
Advanced Certificate in Cybersecurity: Core Technologies
Advanced Certificate in Cybersecurity: Core Technologies
Certificate in Cybersecurity Engineering
Certificate in Cybersecurity Engineering
Certificate in Cybersecurity Engineering
Certificate in Cybersecurity Engineering
Certificate in Cybersecurity Engineering
Certificate in Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
Certificate in Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
Certificate in Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
Certificate in Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
Certificate in Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
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Colorado
Colorado State University-PuebloPueblo, Colorado
Certificate in Computer Security
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Front Range Community CollegeWestminster, Colorado
Cyber Security Specialist Certificate
Front Range Community College grants a Cyber Security Specialist Certificate at its Larimer or Westminster campus. The program is designed for students seeking entry-level jobs in network security and for working professionals who want to increase their promotion prospects in the field of network security. To earn the certificate, students must complete three required courses and take one elective from a choice of eight possible courses, for a total of 12 or 13 credits. Before entering this certificate program, students must complete at least one Front Range Community College course designed to prepare them for the CompTIA A+ certification exam. Students must meet with the program director to determine what sequence courses should be taken in before signing up for classes.
Pikes Peak Community CollegeColorado Springs, Colorado
Certificate in Cyber Security
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Pueblo Community CollegePueblo, Colorado
Cyber Defense Certificate
Information Assurance Basic Certificate
Networking Mini Certificate
Security Mini Certificate
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Red Rocks Community CollegeLakewood, Colorado
Cyber Security Specialist Certificate
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University of Colorado Colorado SpringsColorado Springs, Colorado
Engineering Secure Software Certificate
The College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, has a program leading to a Certificate in Secure Software Systems. To complete the certificate, students must complete four specified courses, which are offered in the fall and spring semesters. Students who complete the courses for the certificate can use the credits in several UCCS master’s program or for a Ph.D. in Engineering. Applicants must know a modern programming language and must have taken prerequisite classes in data structures and algorithms, programming with Unix, and computer organization and assembly language programming. Some of the required classes may have additional prerequisites.
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Connecticut
Capital Community CollegeHartford, Connecticut
Certificate in Cybersecurity
Students who want to learn basic, job-related skills for a position in cybersecurity can earn a Certificate in Cybersecurity from Capital Community College. The program requires students to complete eight specific classes. Students who complete this program and decide to seek an associate degree in the field can apply all 24 credits earned for the certificate to the Associate of Science in Computer Networking: Cybersecurity program. To be admitted to Capital Community College, an individual must have a high school diploma or GED. Students may be required to take a placement test to make sure they are prepared to take college-level classes.
Charter Oak State CollegeNew Britain, Connecticut
Cyber Security Fundamental Certificate
Cyber Security Investigation Certificate
Security Strategies Application Certificate
Technical Security Administration Certificate
Charter Oak State College offers a variety of cyber security certificates designed for individuals who are already working in the computer field and who want to enhance their skills in cyber security. Options include the Cyber Security Fundamental Certificate, which requires six courses; Security Strategies Application Certificate, five courses; Cyber Security Investigation Certificate, five courses; and Technical Security Administration Certificate, six courses. Students who apply for these programs should have a strong background in computers. These certificates can be standalone credentials, or the credits earned can be applied toward a college degree from Charter Oak. The certificate program is also open to individuals who have already earned a degree.
Sacred Heart UniversityFairfield, Connecticut
Certificate Program in Cybersecurity
Sacred Heart University has a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity that requires students to complete at least 12 credits in cybersecurity coursework. The curriculum includes three required courses and one elective, which students select from a menu of three approved courses. The certificate also has two prerequisite courses, an introductory course in programming using scripting and a course in computer networks. The college will waive the prerequisites for students who submit records verifying that they have taken such courses already. The program is designed for students who are in the risk management and information security field or who seek a career in that field. Students who complete the certificate can apply the courses towards a Master of Science in Cybersecurity at Sacred Heart.
Delaware
Wilmington UniversityNew Castle, Delaware
Digital Evidence Discovery Certificate
Digital Evidence Investigation Certificate
The College of Technology at Wilmington University offers two certificates in digital forensics that are designed for law enforcement and IT professionals. The Digital Evidence Discovery Certificate covers topics such as recovering digital evidence and preserving and collecting information from personal computers and other devices. Curriculum for the Digital Evidence Investigation Certificate prepares students to investigate digital data in the lab. Students must complete the discovery certificate before entering the investigation certificate program. The curriculum for each certificate includes five core courses. Eight of the courses included in the two certificate programs are required for students who want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Network Security at Wilmington University.
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District of Columbia
George Washington UniversityWashington, District of Columbia
Computer Security and Information Assurance (CSIA) Graduate Certificate (GC)
The School of Engineering and Applied Science at The George Washington University offers two graduate certificates in cybersecurity. The Computer Security and Information Assurance Graduate Certificate focuses on security of computer systems and networks, related policy issues, and standard industry techniques and challenges. The program requires students to take four courses, including two electives. The Enterprise Information Assurance Graduate Certificate covers policies and technology used to reduce risks to data assets. Courses required for graduate certificates are typically offered on campus in the evenings, and credits earned through certificate coursework can be applied to a master’s program. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and may have to meet prerequisites in math and science coursework.
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Howard UniversityWashington, District of Columbia
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
Howard University offers a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity through the Department of Computer Science. The program requires students to earn 15 credits, and the curriculum includes a yearlong course in cybersecurity, two other technical courses and a capstone course. Students who complete the certificate can apply the credits towards a master’s degree in computer science at Howard. Applicants to the certificate program must submit GRE scores and meet Howard’s requirements for graduate admission. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, math, information systems, engineering, or a similar field. Applicants must know at least two high level programming languages, including C, C++, or Java. Other required undergraduate classes include data structures, machine organization, operating systems, algorithms, probability or statistics, and calculus.
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Florida
Daytona State CollegeDaytona Beach, Florida
Advanced Technical Certificate – Cybersecurity and Cyberforensics
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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityTallahassee, Florida
Cyber Defense Certificate Information Assurance Certificate
The Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Florida A&M University has an Information Assurance Certificate Program for students who need to meet National Training Standards 4011 and 4012 for information systems security professionals and systems managers. FAMU’s certificate program requires students to complete 12 credits in specified computer information sciences coursework to earn the certificate. The program has two prerequisite courses that are strictly adhered to. One prerequisite is a course in computer concepts and organization, and the other is a course on program, file and data structures. The university’s FAMU Center for Secure Computer and Information Assurance conducts research and develops solutions for information security.
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Florida State College at JacksonvilleJacksonville, Florida
Technical Certificate in Digital Forensics
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Palm Beach State CollegeLake Worth, Florida
Certificate in Network Security
Palm Beach State College offers a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security Certificate program that prepares students for entry-level jobs that require using Cisco security products. Students who complete the program are ready for roles in network administration or network security. The program requires students to complete seven specific courses, all related to networks or security. Students can complete the program in two semesters, or six to nine months. Credits from this program can be transferred to the Associate in Science in Networking Administrator program that Palm Beach State offers. Classes for this certificate program are scheduled at the Lake Worth campus. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.
The University of West FloridaPensacola, Florida
Certificate in Cybersecurity
Certificate in Information Security Management
The University of West Florida offers cybersecurity-related certificates at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The undergraduate Cybersecurity Certificate allows professionals who have a background in programming to gain the technical and problem-solving skills needed for a job in cybersecurity. The certificate, offered by the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering, requires students to complete 15 credits, including three required courses and two more courses chosen from a menu of three options. Students must complete all the required coursework within five years. The graduate-level Information Security Management Certificate, which is offered by the College of Business, requires students to complete four specified courses for a total of 12 credits. Students must complete all the coursework within six year to receive the graduate certificate.
University of Central FloridaOrlando, Florida
Graduate Certificate in Computer Forensics
The University of Central Florida offers a Computer Forensics Graduate Certificate that is designed for professionals who work with digital evidence, either directly or indirectly, such as law enforcement investigators, attorneys, forensic lab analysts, and computer security specialists. The program is interdisciplinary, with sponsors including UCF’s School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Chemistry. To earn the certificate, students must complete four graduate level courses, for 12 credits. Courses cover collection and examination of evidence, seizing computer systems, network security, and intrusion detection. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and must submit official transcripts. Students may enter the program in the fall or spring semester.
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University of FloridaGainesville, Florida
Certificate in Hardware Security
Certificate in Hardware Security
Certificate in Information Security
Certificate in Information Security
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Valencia CollegeOrlando, Florida
Cybersecurity Certificate
Digital Forensics Technical Certificate
The Department of Engineering Technology at Valencia College offers two undergraduate certificate programs in cybersecurity-related subjects. The Cybersecurity Technical Certificate prepares students for jobs with titles such as information security manager or security penetration testing professional. The program requires students to complete 10 courses, including a capstone course, for a total of 30 credits. Some of the courses have prerequisites. The Digital Forensics Technical Certificate prepares students for work as a digital forensics examiner. The program includes 10 required courses and an elective for a total of 32 credits. Students who meet the admissions requirements for degree-seeking students at Valencia can apply the credits earned in a technical certificate program toward the related associate degree.
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Georgia
Augusta State UniversityAugusta, Georgia
Advanced Cyber Defender Certificate
Advanced Cyber Defender Certificate
Advanced Cyber Defender Certificate
Cyber Defender Certificate
Cyber Defender Certificate
Cyber Defender Certificate
Healthcare Information Security Certificate
Healthcare Information Security Certificate
Healthcare Information Security Certificate
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Augusta UniversityAugusta, Georgia
Cyber Defender Certificate
The Hull College of Business at Augusta University has a Cyber Defender Certificate program that prepares students for an entry-level job in the field of information assurance. The curriculum includes six courses, with three required courses designed to introduce students to computer programming, networking, operating systems, and cybersecurity. Students also select three electives from a list of 12 approved classes covering topics such as database management, digital forensics, and ethics in computer science. Students who are already enrolled in Augusta University may earn the certificate, and they might be able to apply credits already earned towards the certificate. The program is also open to individuals who want the certificate as a standalone employment credential.
Columbus State UniversityColumbus, Georgia
Information Systems Security Officer
Information Systems Security Professional
Columbus State University offers two graduate-level certificates in cybersecurity, the Information Systems Security Officer certificate and the Information Systems Security Professional certificate. To enter either program, applicants must show that they have a background in core areas of computer science, know programming, and understand computer networking. Students can prove proficiency by submitting transcripts showing they have taken courses in the subject or earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science. The college may accept extensive work history in software development or network administration in place of some classwork. The Information Systems Security Officer program requires students to pass five required courses. The Information Systems Security Professional certificate requires students to complete four courses. The certificates share several required courses.
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Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta, Georgia
Cyber Security Certificate
Georgia Tech Professional Education offers a Cyber Security Certificate aimed at technical professionals who are responsible for securing their organization’s assets. Students most likely to benefit from the certificate program include engineers and scientists who want to move into more senior positions in security, IT professionals, product designers, and management personnel. To finish the certificate, students must complete one core course and four electives. Students are not allowed to transfer credits from another program to apply to the certificate, and students must complete all the required coursework within six years. Professional education students may receive Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) based on the number of contact hours of instruction received in the certificate classes.
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Georgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, Georgia
Cyber Security Undergraduate Certificate
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Kennesaw State UniversityKennesaw, Georgia
Certificate in Information Technology Security
Undergraduate Certificate in Information Security and Assurance
The Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University offers graduate- and undergraduate-level certificate programs in information assurance and security. At the graduate level, the Information and Security Certificate is offered both as a stand-alone credential and as an embedded credential. Students do not need a technology background for the coursework covered in the curriculum. The graduate certificate requires students to complete four courses, for 12 credit hours. They must take one course each in security management, security technology, and contingency planning, and one elective. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and submit college transcripts, GMAT scores, a statement of interest, and resume that indicates their computer background. The undergraduate certificate is a five-course, 15-credit program that can be taken as a stand-alone certificate.
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University of GeorgiaAthens, Georgia
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
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Hawaii
Honolulu Community CollegeHonolulu, Hawaii
Certificate of Achievement Information Assurance
Honolulu Community College offers a Certificate of Achievement in Information Assurance that includes some of the coursework required for an Associate in Science in Computing, Electronics, and Networking Technology. The program prepares students for entry-level jobs in cybersecurity. Coursework in the certificate program meets the two-year core knowledge unit requirements set by the National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. Classes in the program may prepare students to take the exams for certain industry-standard certifications, such as Cisco Certified Network Associate. The Department of Computing, Electronics, and Networking Technology is certified as a training center or regional academy for major organizations including Cisco, Microsoft, and CompTIA.
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Leeward Community CollegePearl City, Hawaii
Certificate of Achievement in Information Security
Certificate of Achievement in Information Security
Certificate of Competence in Information Security Certificate of Competence in Information Security
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Idaho
College of Western IdahoNampa, Idaho
Advanced Technical Certificate in Cisco Networking and Security Technologies
Advanced Technical Certificate in Information Security and Digital Forensics
The Advanced Technical Certificate in Cisco Networking and Security Technologies offered by the College of Western Idaho is a 24-month program that prepares students to take several industry-recognized exams. Students who complete the program should have the skills and knowledge to earn the Cisco Certified Networking Associate, or CCNA certification, and more advanced credentials such as CCNA Security and CompTIA A+. This four-semester program requires students to complete 57 credits. Class content includes hands-on experiences. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and must submit transcripts from their high school and any colleges attended. Space is limited to 20 students annually, with classes beginning in the fall. Students entering this program should have a basic understanding of computers.
North Idaho CollegeCoeur d’Alene, Idaho
Intermediate Technical Certificate in Network Security Administration
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Illinois
College of DuPageGlen Ellyn, Illinois
Certificate in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense
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Eastern Illinois UniversityCharleston, Illinois
Technology Security graduate certificate program
Eastern Illinois University offers a Graduate Certificate in Technology Security designed to give professionals the skills needed to manage the security of technology systems. The program is open to graduate students and to professionals working in business or industry. To earn the certificate, students must complete 18 credit hours. Twelve credits come from the four required core courses. The other six credits are earned in electives, and students may choose from a list of 10 courses or seek approval of an alternate course through their academic adviser. Applicants to the certificate program must meet the university’s requirements for graduate student admission, including a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.75 overall or a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 credits earned.
Illinois State UniversityNormal, Illinois
Information Assurance and Security Graduate Certificate
The School of Information Technology at Illinois State University offers a program leading to an Information Assurance and Security Graduate Certificate. The program is designed for IT professionals who want to update their knowledge and skills in current tools and methods used for protecting information. The courses included in the certificate program meet national training standard requirements, and students who complete the work for the graduate certificate will also receive certification as having met the CNSS 4011 standards for network security professionals. The curriculum includes three required courses. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in a computer related field and be proficient in a high-level programming language such as C or Java. Students without that background may be required to take prerequisite courses.
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Joliet Junior CollegeJoliet, Illinois
Computer Information Systems Computer and Network Security Specialist, Certificate of Achievement
Joliet Junior College has a program leading to a Computer Information Systems Computer and Network Security Specialist Certificate of Achievement. The 45-credit program is designed for students who want to work as a network security support technician or in a similar role. Students should take a introductory course in computer fundamentals before beginning the program if they don’t have a computer background. To earn the certificate, students must complete 38 credits in core classes and seven credits in electives. Joliet Junior College has an open-door admission policy and accepts students as long as they have a high school diploma, GED, or are transferring from another college. However, the college may impose stricter requirements for admission to certain programs.
Lincoln Land Community CollegeSpringfield, Illinois
Certificate of Achievement in Computer Administration – Networking Track
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McHenry County CollegeCrystal Lake, Illinois
Cyber Security Certificate
McHenry County College grants a Cyber Security Certificate designed for students who work in computer administration and want to improve their security skills. The program requires students to complete 22 credits, and it will take them about eight months to finish all the requirements. All 22 credits in the program are in computer and networking classes covering topics such as operating systems, computer ethics, security awareness, and ethical hacking. The program includes preparatory classes for a couple of industry-recognized certifications from CompTIA. All of the credits earned for this certificate can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science in Network Security program at McHenry.
Moraine Valley Community CollegePalos Hills, Illinois
IT Security Specialist Certificate
Moraine Valley Community College offers a Network Security Specialist Certificate for students interested in jobs in areas such as IT security or data assurance or for professionals in the field who want to upgrade their skills. The curriculum in the program concentrates on industry-specific information about certain data-driven industries, including heath care, financial services, and e-commerce. To earn the certificate, students must complete 36 credits in required coursework. At Moraine Valley, certificates are “stackable,” a process that allows students to take advantage of overlapping classes and apply a course toward more than one certificate. Moraine Valley accepts students who have a high school diploma or GED.
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Rock Valley CollegeRockford, Illinois
Cisco CCNA Security/3776 Certificate Cisco CCNP Security/3777 Certificate
Students interested in cybersecurity can earn certificates in data assurance and IT security with a Cisco focus at Rock Valley College. The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security/3776 program trains students for the CCNA Security certification, concentrating on the skills and knowledge to secure Cisco networks. The certificate program requires students to complete 10 credits, spread over three courses. The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)/3777 certificate covers topics such as routing, switching, troubleshooting, and firewall design. The curriculum includes six classes for a total of 22 credits. The program is designed so students can complete the coursework in about eight months. Rock Valley accepts any student with a high school diploma or GED into its certificate programs.
Shawnee Community CollegeUllin, Illinois
Cyber Security and C0mputer Forensics Certificate
Shawnee Community College offers a Certificate in Cybersecurity and Computer Forensics that students can complete in less than a year of full-time study, although students may attend on a part-time basis. The career program requires students to complete at least 29 credits, with most of the coursework coming from the Computer Science Department. However, the curriculum also includes two courses from the Criminal Justice Department. Three of the computer courses cover the skills and knowledge students will need to gain several industry certifications, including CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Security+. Shawnee accepts any students who have earned a high school diploma or GED.
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaign, Illinois
Undergraduate Certificate in Global Security
Students who are enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign can earn an undergraduate Certificate in Global Security as a complement to their major course of study and as a future job credential. To complete the certificate, students must complete a one-credit seminar in security and 15 credits in courses approved for the global security certificate program. The 15 credits must include at least six credits in social science or humanities coursework and at least six credits in natural science/engineering/technology courses. The certificate program is sponsored by the Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS) at the university. ACDIS sponsors scholarships that support internships and research opportunities for students in the certificate program.
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Indiana
Indiana University BloomingtonBloomington, Indiana
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
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Indiana University-Purdue University-IndianapolisIndianapolis, Indiana
Health Information Security Certificate
The graduate-level Health Information Security Certificate offered by the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis requires students to have a mentored practicum before they finish the program. The 18-credit program includes a core curriculum of three courses and allows students to choose two electives from a list of suggested courses. Possible practicum experiences include working on an electronic health care system, developing security policies for a health system, or working with a research group on a related project. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, at a minimum, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants should have technical skills, and students who enter the program typically have backgrounds such practicing health care professionals, health care administrators, and IT professionals.
Iowa
Des Moines Area Community CollegeAnkeny, Iowa
Digital Forensic Investigation Certificate
The Des Moines Area Community College offers a Digital Forensic Investigation Certificate for students interested in gaining career skills in data recovery from electronic devices and digital forensics. This is a 24-credit program that students can complete in two semesters. As part of the program, students can take a course that prepares them to take the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. Applicants to this program should have a background in criminal justice or in technology, including programming, computer hardware, or digital electronics. All accepted students must have completed an introduction to computers class before starting coursework for the certificate. The courses are held at the Ankeny campus, and students can start in any semester.
Northeast Iowa Community College-CalmarCalmar, Iowa
Certificate in Information Security
Northeast Iowa Community College has a Certificate in Information Security designed for individuals who want to gain skills in the field of cybersecurity. This is a 21-credit program that requires students to complete seven specific courses, which are all offered at the Peosta campus. Students can enter the program in the spring or fall, and they can finish the required courses in three terms. Applicants should have a high school diploma or the equivalent and must submit high school or college transcripts. The admission process does not require ACT scores, but the college uses ACT scores to determine placement for certain classes.
Kansas
Butler Community CollegeEl Dorado, Kansas
Certificate in Cyber Security
Butler Community College offers a 30-credit Certificate in Cybersecurity that prepares students for jobs in information security. Students who complete the requirements for the certificate will also receive CNSS 4011 certification for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, indicating they have completed classwork that meets national training standards for certain federal workers. Students will also be prepared to take the exams for CompTIA A+ certification and CompTIA Security+ certification. The curriculum includes 10 courses, and students can complete the program in three semesters. Butler Community College has an open door admissions policy, but the Computer Information Technology program recommends students who enter the program be computer literate and able to do math at the algebra level.
Kentucky
Kentucky State UniversityFrankfort, Kentucky
Cyber Security Certificate
The Division of Computer Science at Kentucky State University has a Cyber Security Certificate that provides individuals with basic skills in cyber security. Applicants do not need to have a background in computer science for this certificate program. The curriculum requires students to complete 12 to 13 credits. There is one core course, which is an introduction to information security and assurance. Students select the other three courses for a list of four options. Applicants must have a high school diploma or higher.
Northern Kentucky UniversityHighland Heights, Kentucky
Certificate in Corporate Information Security
Cybersecurity Certificate
Northern Kentucky University offers a graduate-level Certificate in Corporate Information Security. The curriculum for this program will help students to prepare for certification tests designed for information security professionals, such as the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) or the CISA (Certified Information Security Auditor). This multidisciplinary program covers topics such as protecting information assets, analyzing risk, detecting and reacting to threats, and procedures for handling incidents. Students in the program complete 18 credits, with courses drawn from the departments of business informatics and computer science. The curriculum includes 15 credits in specified core courses and one elective. Students who earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher can waive GMAT requirements if they apply for the Master of Business Informatics program.
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Sullivan UniversityLouisville, Kentucky
Certificate in Network Support Administration and Security
The IT Academy at Sullivan University offers a Network Support Administration & Security Certificate for students seeking a career in cybersecurity. Students in the program gain hands-on experience from instructors who have real-world experience in the field. The curriculum includes eight courses, each worth four credits, for a total of 32 credits. Students can complete the program in as little as one year. In addition to earning the certificate, students have the opportunity to prepare for and take exams for industry-standard certifications offered by organizations such as Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA. Courses are offered in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky. Sullivan has a rolling admissions policy and the academic calendar follows a quarter schedule.
Louisiana
Bossier Parish Community CollegeBossier City, Louisiana
Certificate of Technical Studies in Information Systems Security Professionals
Bossier Parish Community College offers a Certificate of Technical Studies in Information Systems Security Professionals for students who want to prepare for an entry level job in cybersecurity without completing all the coursework required for an associate degree. Students in the program must perform an internship in information systems security that requires them to put at least 100 hours into the internship. Students are also required to achieve two industry-recognized certifications by the end of their internship and submit documentation of those achievements. The certificate program, which can be completed in two semesters, requires students to pass seven courses plus the internship. This program does not accept prior learning credits or grant credit for any courses taken outside of Bossier Parish Community College.
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Louisiana Tech UniversityRuston, Louisiana
Information Assurance Certificate Program
The College of Business at Louisiana Tech University offers a graduate-level Information Assurance Certificate program for professionals who need certification that meets Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) standards. Programs are available to meet CNSS 4011 standards for information security systems professionals, 4012 standards for senior systems managers, and 4016 standards for risk analysts. Applicants for any of the certifications must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.25. Applicants do not need to submit GRE or GMAT scores, but they must provide official transcripts. Students who complete the program will receive the certificate and graduate credits. Classes are offered on the campus in Ruston, Louisiana, and at Barksdale Air Force Base.
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Maryland
Anne Arundel Community CollegeArnold, Maryland
Certificate in Advanced Digital Forensics
Certificate in Advanced Network Security
Certificate in Cyber Technology
Certificate in Digital Forensics
Certificate in Network Security
Server Administration and Security Certificate
The Department of Cybersecurity, Networking, and Digital Forensics at Anne Arundel Community College offers a variety of certificates for students who want to gain basic or advanced skills in various areas of cybersecurity. Among the options available are Advanced Cyber Forensics Certificate, Advanced Network Security Certificate, Cyber Forensics Certificate, and Server Administration and Security Certificate. The number of credits required for the programs varies by certificate. The curriculum in some of these programs prepares students to take industry-recognized exams such as the Cyber Incident Responder exam for students in the Advanced Cyber Forensics program. Anne Arundel Community College accepts high school graduates, students transferring from other colleges, and GED holders. Students with no GED may take a placement test for admission.
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Capitol Technology UniversityLaurel, Maryland
Computer and Network Security Certificate
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Assurance Administration
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Network Protection
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secure Cloud Computing
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secure Mobile Technology
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secure Software Development
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Security Management
Post-Baccalaureate Digital Forensics and Incident Handling
Capitol Technology University offers a Computer and Network Security Certificate that gives students the basics they need for a job in computer and network security. Students begin the program by taking a course in computer programming, which is required for the three other courses. The program focuses on the UNIX operating systems and covers topics such as authorization, authentication, encryption, privacy issues, intrusion detection, firewalls, viruses, and managing a network. Students must complete all 13 credits to earn the certificate. The certificate includes undergraduate courses, so it is open to students with a high school diploma or GED as well as to students who have already taken some college courses or earned a degree.
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College of Southern MarylandLa Plata, Maryland
Certificate in CyberSecurity Technology
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Hagerstown Community CollegeHagerstown, Maryland
Advanced Network Security, Cybersecurity, Certificate
Cisco CCNA Prep, Cybersecurity, Certificate
Network Security, Cybersecurity, Certificate
The Technology and Computer Studies Division at Hagerstown Community College offers an array of certificate programs for students interested in cybersecurity. These include certificates in network security, advanced network security, and preparation for Cisco CCNA testing. The test preparation coursework also prepares students for two national industry certification exams, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+. The certificate requires students to take seven courses for a total of 25 credits. Students who complete the 20 credits for the Network Security, Cybersecurity, Certificate are prepared for the CompTIA exams and the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician exam. The Advanced Network Security, Cybersecurity, Certificate is open to students who have completed the Network Certificate and requires 21 credits.
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Harford Community CollegeBel Air, Maryland
Certificate in Information Systems Security
Harford Community College offers a 27-credit Certificate in Information Systems Security for students who want to gain skills in cybersecurity or update their skills. Coursework includes hands-on experience with the kinds of hardware and software used in the information assurance industry. The curriculum includes nine courses, but students who have practical experience in the field of information technology may be ablel to earn credit by examination for courses that cover what they already know. Additionally, to earn the certificate students must pass a required English course and a math course or demonstrate that they should be exempt from taking those courses. Students can earn this undergraduate certificate in about one and a half years.
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Hood CollegeFrederick, Maryland
Cybersecurity Certificate
Hood College has a graduate-level Cybersecurity Certificate that prepares students to take the CISSP certification exam by covering all the 10 domains found on the exam, as well as other material. The program requires 15 credits, earned in five courses. There are three core courses and students select the other two courses from a list of acceptable electives. Students can complete the work in two to three years of part-time study. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or IT, or have a solid background in those subjects gained through professional experience. Students without that background may have to take prerequisites. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher.
Howard Community CollegeColumbia, Maryland
Cyber Forensics Technology Certificate
Network Security Administration Certificate
Howard Community College offers a Network Security Administration Certificate and a Cyber Forensics Technology Certificate for students who want to gain skills in cybersecurity. The network security certificate is a 24-credit program aimed at mid-level administrators with experience in computer operations and networking. The curriculum for the certificate meets the national training standard for the Information Systems Security designation. Students must take eight courses and they can complete the work for the network security certificate in three semesters. The cyber forensics program is designed for students seeking an entry-level job in computer forensics or for those who want to improve their skills in working with electronic evidence. The program requires nine courses, or 27 credits, and can be completed in three semesters.
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Morgan State UniversityBaltimore, Maryland
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Cyber Security
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Prince George’s Community CollegeLargo, Maryland
Cybersecurity Certificate
The Department of Information and Engineering Technology at Prince George’s Community College offers two certificates in cybersecurity. The Cybersecurity Certificate prepares students for an entry-level information security job. The curriculum requires students to complete six courses, with five of the courses specified and the sixth selected from a menu of three options. The Cybersecurity Management Certificate is designed for individuals who want to gain skills in implementing and managing information security projects. The curriculum requires students to complete five courses. Students who complete either certificate are prepared to take certain industry certification tests. Credits from these certificates can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science in Information Security. All students must meet basic reading requirements before beginning the program.
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Towson UniversityTowson, Maryland
Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Assurance
Towson University has a Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Assurance open to students seeking to advance their skills in information technology and security. The certificate is a 15-credit, five-course program that students can earn as a standalone credential. Students also have the option of applying credits earned in the certificate program towards a Master of Science in Applied Information Technology from Towson University. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in a field such as computer science, information technology, or computer information systems with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, students whose academic background is not in computers but who have professional experience in IT or students with no computer background are also allowed to apply.
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University of Maryland-Baltimore CountyBaltimore, Maryland
Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy
The University of Maryland Baltimore County offers two graduate level certificates in cybersecurity, the Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy and the Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies: Cybersecurity Operations. Each program requires students to complete four courses. The strategy and policy program is the more technical of the two, focusing on the knowledge needed to make decisions in the cybersecurity industry. The operations program offers a broader look at the principles, practices and technologies of cybersecurity. Courses are offered at Catonsville and Rockville, Maryland, and students may start in the spring or fall semester. Applicants should have a background in computers or IT. Students who earn one of these certificates can apply the credits toward a related master’s in cybersecurity from UMBC.
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University of Maryland-College ParkCollege Park, Maryland
Graduate Certificate in Engineering – Cybersecurity
The Office of Advanced Engineering Education at the University of Maryland offers a 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Engineering – Cybersecurity. Students in the program take four graduate-level courses, which they select from a menu of six classes. Some of the courses have prerequisites. Applicants to the certificate program must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field. Applicants whose undergraduate GPA was less than 3.0 are required to submit two letters of recommendation. They may be granted provisional admittance to the program if they have been successful in a related graduate program. GRE scores are not required for any applicants. Students may enter the program in the spring, summer, or fall term.
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Massachusetts
Massachusetts Bay Community CollegeWellesley Hills, Massachusetts
Cyber Security Certificate
Massbay Community College offers a Cyber Security Certificate for students who want to take the foundational courses needed for an entry level job in cybersecurity. The certificate requires students to complete five courses for a total of 16 credits. Students who earn the certificate – offered through the Division of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – are prepared to take several industry-recognized certification exams, such as CompTIA Network+ and Security+. MassBay Community College has an open enrollment policy and accepts any applicant who has a high school diploma or GED. Students may enter as full-time or part-time students, and the college has a rolling admissions policy. The average age of the student body is 27.
Middlesex Community CollegeBedford, Massachusetts
Advanced Certificate in IT Cybersecurity
Entry-Level Certificate in IT Cybersecurity
Mount Wachusett Community CollegeGardner, Massachusetts
Cyber Security Certificate
Mount Wachusett Community College offers a Cyber Security Certificate for students seeking the basic skills needed for entry-level jobs in IT security. The program requires students to complete eight classes, for 24 credits, and students can complete the work in as few as two semesters. Some of the courses may have prerequisites, so students might need to take courses in a specific order. Students who complete the required work should be prepared to take exams for industry-recognized certifications such as the CompTIA Security+. Students have access to computers in various labs and the college library, and students with disabilities can use the adaptive computer lab. Credits earned for this certificate can be applied to a computer information systems degree at Mount Wachusett.
Northeastern UniversityBoston, Massachusetts
Graduate Certificate in Information Security Management
The College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University offers a Graduate Certificate in Information Security Management that covers security management issues, policy, law, regulations, and ethics. The program requires students to complete at least 18 credits. The curriculum includes four required classes and two electives. For their electives, students can choose classes that prepare them to take the CISA or CISSP exam. Students may enter the program at the start of any quarter. Applicants must submit a statement of purpose that is 500 to 1,000 words long explaining their educational goals, an updated professional resume showing job responsibilities and relevant experience, and transcripts from their undergraduate degree.
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Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcester, Massachusetts
Information Security Management Graduate Certificate
Worcester Polytechnic Institute has a Graduate Certificate in Information Security Management that is offered through the Foisie Business School. The certificate is designed for managers who need to learn how to maintain a system to defend information and protect their organizations. Managers will also gain skills in working with technical security teams. The certificate requires students to complete five or six graduate-level courses, and the school allows students to customize their certificate. WPI accepts students with a wide range of bachelor’s degrees into its master’s programs. Credits earned in this program can be applied toward a graduate degree at Worcester, such as a Master of Science in Information Technology or a Master of Science in Management.
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Michigan
Ferris State UniversityBig Rapids, Michigan
Certificate in Cybersecurity
Certificate in Cybersecurity: Ethical Hacking
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Henry Ford Community CollegeDearborn, Michigan
Certificate in Cybersecurity
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Oakland Community CollegeBloomfield Hills, Michigan
Certificate in Computer Information Systems – Cyber Security
Students interested in acquiring cybersecurity skills and credentials for their career can earn two security-related certificates in computer information systems from Oakland Community College. The Certificate in Computer Information Systems – Cyber Security is a 39-credit program that gives students a solid foundation in computer system basics. The Certificate in Computer Information Systems – Information Technologies for Homeland Security meets the requirements set by the National Security Agency for certification as an Information Security Professional. The 39-credit program includes 10 courses. The programs are both offered at the Auburn Hills and Orchard Ridge, Michigan, campuses. Oakland CC has an open admissions policy, although some programs require placement testing.
Wayne County Community College DistrictDetroit, Michigan
Certificate in Computer Information Systems: Cybersecurity
Students who want to gain job skills for a career in cybersecurity have several options for certificate programs at Wayne County Community College District. The primary offering is a 32-credit Cybersecurity Certificate that students can complete in three semesters. The curriculum includes several computer information systems classes as well as required English courses. Students in the cybersecurity program use virtual environments such as simulations and video games, while mastering the skills and knowledge needed for the program. WCCCD also has several short-term certificate programs to help students prepare for industry-recognized certification tests. These include a two-semester Certified Ethical Hacker Short-Term Certificate, one-semester Network+ Short-Term Certificate, and two-semester Security + Short-Term Certificate.
Minnesota
Inver Hills Community CollegeInver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Advanced Network Security Certificate
People who are already employed in the IT industry and want to gain additional skills in information assurance and cybersecurity can earn an Advanced Network Security Certificate at Inver Hills Community College. The curriculum includes five courses, for a total of 15 credits, and covers topics such as Security+, ethical hacking, firewalls, intrusion detection, and incident response. Applicants for this program must have CCNA certification or they must have at least three years of professional experience in a Cisco environment with a title such as network technician, administrator, or analyst. To earn the certificate, students must complete all the required coursework with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
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Lake Superior CollegeDuluth, Minnesota
Cyber Defense Certificate Cyber Security Certificate
Lake Superior College has a Cyber Defense Certificate program that prepares students for an entry-level job in computer security and helps them prepare for several industry-recognized certification tests. The curriculum covers the knowledge needed to take exams for CompTIA Network+ and Security+, Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician, and Certified Ethical Hacker. Graduates of this program can also apply the credits toward an associate degree or the Network Administration and Security Diploma at Lake Superior College. To earn the certificate, students must complete 10 specific courses, which may need to be taken in a specific order to meet prerequisites. To enter the program, students must complete prerequisite courses in English and math or get a qualifying score on the Accuplacer placement test.
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Metropolitan State UniversitySaint Paul, Minnesota
Post-Baccalaureate Undergraduate Certificate in Computer Forensics
Post-Baccalaureate Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
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Mississippi
Mississippi State UniversityMississippi State, Mississippi
Information Assurance Professional Certificate
The James Worth Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University offers an Information Assurance Professional Certificate that meets federal training standard 4011 for information systems security professionals and standard 4014 for information systems security officers. To earn the certificate, students must complete three required courses and two electives selected from a menu of approved courses. The certificate is only awarded at the same time a student completes a degree in computer science, information systems, or in computer, electrical, industrial, or software engineering. The program is administered by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering’s Center for Computer Security Research along with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
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Missouri
University of Central MissouriWarrensburg, Missouri
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
The University of Central Missouri offers a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity that is designed to provide students with advanced skills in cybersecurity they can apply at their place of employment. This is a 15-credit program with five required classes. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a closely related field. Applicants with a degree in anther field can apply, but they are required to have passed at least one programming course and one course in data structures with a grade of B or higher. All applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8. Applicants are evaluated based on their academic record and work experience. The university may grant provisional admission to students who do not meet minimum stated requirements.
University of Missouri-St LouisSaint Louis, Missouri
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis is multidisciplinary and allows students to focus on the managerial or technical aspects of security for information, networks, computers, and software. This is an 18-credit program with three required courses and three electives. The program is designed to give managers, technical specialists, and professionals a foundation in information security, so students do not need to have an information technology background. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in any field with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Admitted students should be proficient in college algebra. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation and official transcripts of previous college work.
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Washington University in St LouisSaint Louis, Missouri
Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Management
Washington University in St. Louis has a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Management that is offered through the Henry Edwin Sever Institute at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The curriculum for the certificate includes five required classes for a total of 15 credits. Certificate students can transfer all the credits to the university’s Master of Science in Cyber Security Management. Most students can complete the certificate in 10 to 15 months. This program is designed for working professionals who have at least five years of work experience in the technology field. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and must submit a resume, statement of purpose, and three letters of recommendation. GRE scores are not required.
Montana
The University of MontanaMissoula, Montana
Professional Certificate in Cybersecurity
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Nebraska
Bellevue UniversityBellevue, Nebraska
Certificate of Completion in Information Security Management
Bellevue University grants a Certificate of Completion in Information Security Management to students who complete 12 credits in graduate-level coursework for the program. The curriculum has one required course, and students select three electives from a menu of options offer by the College of Science and Technology. Applicants to graduate programs at Bellevue University should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and should have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better for the last 60 credits earned. Applicants who already have a master’s degree should have a GPA of at least 3.0 in master’s level work.
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Northeast Community CollegeNorfolk, Nebraska
Information Security Certificate
Northeast Community College offers a program leading to an Information Security Certificate for students who complete the required 18 credits. Students are required to take six specific information technology courses and a general education course in business communication. Courses included in the curriculum prepare students to take the exam to become a Cisco Certified Network Associate and to pass the exam for CompTIA Security+ certification, both recognized industry credentials that will help students build their career. New students at Northeast Community College must either submit ACT or SAT scores or take a placement test through the college unless they have completed college level courses in math and English.
University of Nebraska at OmahaOmaha, Nebraska
Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance
The University of Nebraska at Omaha offers a Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance that students can complete in about one academic year. The curriculum includes two core courses and two electives. Before they can start classes for the certificate, students must complete a prerequisite introductory course in information security if they have not already taken it or an equivalent course. Students must get at least a B on the prerequisite course to continue into the program. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students who enter the Master of Science in Computer Science program can transfer credits earned for the certificate to the master’s degree.
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Nevada
College of Southern NevadaLas Vegas, Nevada
Certificate of Achievement in Computing & Information Technology – Cyber Security – Digital Forensics
Students who want to acquire the skills needed to investigate computer crime can earn the Certificate of Achievement in Computing & Information Technology – Cyber Security – Digital Forensics from the College of Southern Nevada. This is a 30-credit program where almost all the coursework focuses on cyber security and digital forensics. Students only have to take one general education requirement, a class in applied communications. Full-time students can finish the program in two semesters. Students who want to enter the certificate program must have a high school diploma or GED. Some classes in the program may have prerequisites.
University of Nevada-RenoReno, Nevada
Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
The University of Nevada, Reno, has a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity that includes interdisciplinary content. The certificate program is designed for working professionals in a variety of industries, such as information technology, criminal justice, and business. The curriculum includes four required courses. The first three consider cybersecurity through a variety of lenses, including computer science, information systems, criminal justice, political science, psychology, and sociology. The fourth course is a capstone. Students who complete the certificate and enter a master’s or doctoral program in one of the sponsoring departments can transfer nine credits to the advanced degree. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, but it does not have to be in a technical field.
New Hampshire
NHTI-Concord’s Community CollegeConcord, New Hampshire
Certificate in Information Technology Security
NHTI, Concord’s Community College, has a program leading to a Certificate in Information Technology Security that prepares students to take three industry-recognized certification exams: CompTIA Security+, Cisco CCNA Security, and Microsoft MCSA Server. To earn the certificate, students must complete four specific classes. Each class has a significant lab component that requires students to spend time weekly in the simulation laboratory. Applicants must have a high school diploma or the equivalent and must submit transcripts. Before entering the certificate program, students must complete courses in hardware or software, routing and switching, and Windows server operating systems. The head of the Department of Information Technology can grant waivers on these prerequisites. Students in this program are not eligible for financial aid.
River Valley Community CollegeClaremont, New Hampshire
Certificate in Cybersecurity & Healthcare IT River Valley Community College has a program leading to a Certificate in Cybersecurity & Healthcare IT for students who want skills in cybersecurity that can be applied in a health care practice or a related business. This is a 21-credit program that requires students to complete seven specific classes. Classes are available in the day and evening, and many of the required courses include a lab component so students gain hands-on experience. Students who complete this program can apply the credits towards an associate degree in computer science. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and should have basic knowledge of computer hardware and software, a prerequisite for some of the required classes.
New Jersey
County College of MorrisRandolph, New Jersey
Certificate of Achievement in Information Security
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New Jersey City UniversityJersey City, New Jersey
Information Security Standard (INFOSEC) 4011
The National Security Agency Certificate for Information Systems Security Officers (ISSO) – Standard 4014 (Entry)
New Jersey City University offers certificate programs that meet the national training standards for information security professionals. The Information Security Standard 4011 certification requires students to take three specific courses in computer security. The National Security Agency Certificate for Information Security Officers meets standard 4014 and is designed for people what want to qualify for entry-level jobs in cybersecurity. The curriculum requires students to complete four specified courses. NJCU also offers a Certificate of Completion for Cyber Defense that meets new standards set by the National Security Agency. This certificate requires students to complete five specific classes. Courses for these certificates may be applied to the Master of Science in National Security Studies.
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New Mexico
Central New Mexico Community CollegeAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Computer Information Systems (Certificate of Completion), Cyber Security
Central New Mexico Community College has a certificate program to provide entry-level security professionals with credentials that meet national training standard 4011 for Information Systems Security Professionals and standard 4016 for Entry Level Risk Analysts. Offered by the School of Business and Information Technology, the Post Degree Certificate of Completion in Computer Information Systems, Cyber Security Concentration, requires students to complete six specific classes for a total of 18 credits. Students who complete the program are also prepared to take the CompTIA Security+ exam for another industry-recognized credential. Applicants for the certificate program should have a bachelor’s degree in a technical field. The college offers classes in the fall, spring, and summer terms.
Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso CampusRuidoso, New Mexico
Certificate in Computer & Network Security
Students who need information systems security certification for their job or to qualify for a new job can earn a Certificate in Computer & Network Security from Eastern New Mexico University – Ruidoso. The program qualifies students for NSTISSI 4011 certification for Information System Security Professionals and CNSS 4016 for Entry Level Risk Analysts, credentials sought by some employers, including the government and organizations with federal contracts. Graduates of the program will also be prepared to take the exam for the CompTIA Security+ credential. The certificate requires students to complete six specific courses for a total of 18 credits. The college has an open-door policy and admits any student who has a high school diploma or GED.
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Western New Mexico UniversitySilver City, New Mexico
Certificate in Digital Forensics
Law enforcement personnel and others who need skills in preventing and detecting computer fraud can gain those skills while earning a Certificate in Digital Forensics from Western New Mexico University. The certificate is available as a stand-alone credential, and classes are offered at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The curriculum calls for 18 credits, including four classes in core requirements and two classes from a list of guided electives. Graduate students who complete the certificate can apply the credits towards a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. The program is offered by the university’s School of Behavioral Sciences, Department of Criminal Justice.
New York
Mohawk Valley Community CollegeUtica, New York
Cybersecurity Certificate
Students who want to learn about computer and network security, including tools to defend and analyze a large-scale enterprise network, can do so by entering the Cybersecurity Certificate program at Mohawk Valley Community College. The curriculum for this certificate requires students to take eight specific courses. Students can complete the work for the certificate in as few as two semesters, or about nine months. MVCC has an open admissions policy and accepts any student who has graduated from high school or has a GED. However, students who want to enter programs in computer science may have to meet a higher standard, including taking a math placement test.
Pace University-New YorkNew York, New York
Advanced Certificate in Secure Software and Information Engineering
Advanced Certificate in Security and Information Assurance
The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University offers two advanced certificates for cybersecurity professionals. The Advanced Certificate for Chief Information Security Management Officers is a 15-credit, graduate-level program that is designed for executives in business and government who want to update their knowledge and skills regarding securing their organization’s information. Students must complete five specific courses. The Advanced Certificate for Security and Information Professionals prepares students with the basics of cybersecurity. Students who complete this 15-credit program are prepared to enter the Master of Science in Information Technology program. Applicants to these certificate programs must have a bachelor’s degree and must submit a resume, college transcripts, personal statement, and two recommendations.
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Rochester Institute of TechnologyRochester, New York
Advanced Certificate in Cybersecurity
The Rochester Institute of Technology has an Advanced Certificate in Information Assurance (Cybersecurity) that is designed to provide students who have some knowledge of computing with a foundation in computing security. Applicants for this program should have an educational background or work experience in fields such as computer science, networking, IT, or software engineering. The curriculum includes four graduate-level computer security courses. Students with no background in computer networking or system administration may be required to take a prerequisite course. Students who complete the 12 credits required for the certificate can apply the coursework toward a Master of Science in Computing Security from RIT.
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SUNY at AlbanyAlbany, New York
Certificate of Graduate Study in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Graduate Certificate in Information Security
The University at Albany SUNY has a flexible, customizable Graduate Certificate in Information Security designed for students who want to upgrade or expand their skills in cybersecurity or who are looking for a new career. The program is open to students with a variety of educational backgrounds, including criminal justice, public policy, accounting, business, or psychology. To earn the degree, students must complete five courses, for a total of 15 credits. Two foundation course are required, and students select three more courses that match their interests and needs from a menu of approved support and supplement courses. Students also get hands-on experience in a lab setting. Applicants must submit transcripts of all previous college work, a statement of goals, resume, and two recommendations.
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University at BuffaloBuffalo, New York
Advanced (Graduate) Certificate Program in Information Assurance
SUNY University at Buffalo offers a Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance with a technical track and a managerial track. All students take one required course, two courses in track classes, and electives selected from a list of approved courses. Students must earn 14 or 15 credits to complete the certificate program. This interdisciplinary program is a collaboration of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Department of Mathematics, School of Management, and School of Law. Students already enrolled in UB master’s or MBA programs can combine the certificate with the program they are in. Applicants who only want the certificate should have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, math, business administration, or a related field with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
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North Carolina
Beaufort County Community CollegeWashington, North Carolina
Cybersecurity Certificate
Central Carolina Community CollegeSanford, North Carolina
Network Security Certificate
Central Carolina Community College offers a Network Security Certificate that is part of its career pathway to an Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology Network Management. For this certificate, students must complete five courses for a total of 15 credits. All of the courses include both classroom time and laboratory time. The courses cover networking, routing, switching, and security fundamentals. Courses in this program are taught at the North Carolina School of Telecommunications, a division of CCCC that is located in Sanford, North Carolina. CCCC has an open admission policy and accepts any students who have a high school diploma or the equivalent.
Craven Community CollegeNew Bern, North Carolina
Cybersecurity Administration Certificate
Cybersecurity Concepts Certificate
Cybersecurity Technician Certificate
Information Assurance Concepts Certificate
Craven Community College offers a variety of undergraduate certificates in cybersecurity that are designed for students who want to gain or improve their skills in this high-demand area. The Cybersecurity Administration Certificate, the Cybersecurity Concepts Certificate, and the Cybersecurity Technician Certificate are all 15-credit programs that require students to complete five specific courses. The Information Assurance Concepts Certificate is an 18-credit program that requires students to complete six specific classes. Craven also has a 12-credit Security+ Prep Certificate that prepares students to take the CompTIA Security+ certification exam. Craven has an open enrollment policy and accept any student who has a high school diploma or GED.
Fayetteville Technical Community CollegeFayetteville, North Carolina
Systems Security and Analysis / Cyber Security Operations Certificate
Fayetteville Technical Community College offers an IT/Cybersecurity Operations Certificate that is designed to prepare students for entry-level jobs with the government, school systems, or private industry. Students in this program take six courses covering topics such as networks, operating systems, security concepts, Linux/Unix, secure communications, and security administration. Each of these courses has a classroom component and a laboratory component. The coursework also covers the skills needed to pass industry-recognized certification exams in cybersecurity. Students can complete the required 18 credits in two semesters. Applicants must have a high school diploma or pass a placement test. Students may only start this program in the fall semester.
Gaston CollegeDallas, North Carolina
Information Technology – Networking and Cyber Defense Advanced Certificate
Gaston College offers an Information Systems Security Certificate that prepares students to deal with security issues in networks using wireless transmission. The curriculum includes six courses covering topics such as networking, routing, wireless technology, security, secure communications, and security administration. Students who complete the work for this certificate can apply those credits to the associate degree in information systems security. However, credits earned more than five years ago cannot be applied to that program. Gaston College has an open admissions policy and accepts any applicants who have a high school diploma or equivalent. Students are required to take a college placement test, unless they are exempted by their ACT or SAT scores.
Queens University of CharlotteCharlotte, North Carolina
Forensic Computing Certificate
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Rowan-Cabarrus Community CollegeSalisbury, North Carolina
Cyber Investigations Certificate
Cybercrime Essentials Certificate
Network Security Administration Certificate
Security Essentials Certificate
The Information Technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College offers four undergraduate certificate programs designed to prepare students for entry-level jobs in cybersecurity. Some of the courses cover information needed to take certification exams that lead to industry-recognized credentials. The Security Essentials Certificate is a 15-credit program that requires students to complete four courses. The Network Security Administration Certificate is an 18-credit program that includes six courses. The Cybercrime Essentials Certificate includes five courses worth 16 credits. The Cyber Investigations Certificate is a 12-credit program with four courses. Rowan-Cabarrus has an open admissions policy and accepts anyone with a high school diploma or GED. New students with a high school GPA of 2.6 or with acceptable SAT or ACT scores are exempt from placement testing.
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University of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotte, North Carolina
Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Privacy
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has a Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Privacy that allows professionals to gain skills in cybersecurity and privacy technology. The curriculum requires students to complete 12 credits hours, with one core course and three electives. Students who complete the certificate requirements can apply the credits towards the Master of Science in Information Technology at UNCC. Applicants for the certificate program must have a bachelor’s degree in a field such as computing, engineering, math, or business. Applicants must have an overall GPA of 2.8 and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last two years of undergraduate coursework. Applicants must have a background in data structures and object-oriented programming, such as Java or C++.
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North Dakota
North Dakota State College of ScienceWahpeton, North Dakota
Certificate in IT Forensics and Security
North Dakota State College of Science has a Certificate in IT Forensics and Security that is designed for current professionals in the technology field who need to gain security skills and for recent high school graduates who want to acquire career skills in IT forensics. Classes are offered in Fargo with some classes available online. The curriculum is 37 credits in undergraduate-level coursework. Students must take eight computer science courses and three general education requirements. Applicants must have a high school diploma or the equivalent and must meet minimum scores on either the ACT or Accuplacer placement test. Students must pass a criminal background check for this program. Some courses may have prerequisites.
Ohio
Kent State University at KentKent, Ohio
Computer Forensics and Information Security (Post Secondary) Certificate
Kent State University offers an undergraduate-level Computer Forensics and Information Security Certificate at its regional campuses in Ashtabula and Tuscarawas. The curriculum for this certificate requires students to complete 23 credits in specified computer and criminal justice coursework. Topics covered include computer assembly and configuration, network setup, computer forensics, firewalls, local area network security fundamentals, and issues in law and society. Students must earn an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 on these courses. The program is housed in the Regional College, which accepts incoming freshmen based upon their high school GPA, ACT or SAT scores, and academic background. Students who have a GED are accepted.
Sinclair Community CollegeDayton, Ohio
Information Systems Security – Short Term Certificate
Linux Security and Networking – Short Term Certificate
Sinclair College offers short-term certificate programs with a focused curriculum that helps students acquire specific job-related skills in cybersecurity. Options include the Information Systems Security short-term technical certificate, which meets national training standard CNSS 4011, a credential that some government employees or contractors must have. The curriculum includes six courses for 18 credits. The Linux Security and Network Essentials short-term technical certificate focuses on skills needed for ensuring the security of the Linux operating system. This is a four-course, 12-credit program. The Network Engineering Security Associate certificate focuses on network security skills using the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum. This short-term certificate has five specific courses that focus on Cisco devices and are worth 16 credits.
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University of CincinnatiCincinnati, Ohio
Cyber Operations Certificate
The University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science offers a Cyber Operations Certificate. The program is open to students who are already enrolled in a degree program in electrical engineering and computing systems. Students who complete work for the Cyber Operations Certificate gain hands-on experience in handling cyber attacks. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering, and be proficient in a low-level language such as C. Students must have taken undergraduate classes in operating systems, discrete math, statistics, probability, data structures, and programming and algorithms. Their record must show a grade of B or higher on these classes.
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Community CollegeOklahoma City, Oklahoma
Cyber/Information Security Certificate of Mastry
Oklahoma City Community College has a Cyber/Information Security Certificate of Mastery that provides students with training in general security concepts, security for communications and infrastructure, and cryptography. The program includes 36 credits, and students can complete the program in about three semesters. The first semester focuses on introductory courses such as beginning programming, principles of information security, and introduction to computers and applications. Students take more advanced classes in the second and third semesters. A minimum grade of C is required on all the classes in this certificate program. Applicants to OCCC must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Incoming freshmen must submit ACT or SAT scores to help determine if they need placement testing.
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Rose State CollegeMidwest City, Oklahoma
Information Security Certificate Program
The Networking and Cyber Security Department at Rose State College has a program leading to a Certificate in Information Security that is designed for individuals who need certification that they have met national training standards in information security that are required of some government employees or federal contractors. At Rose State, students can be certified to meet federal standard 4012 for senior systems managers, standard 4013 for system administrators, and standard 4016 for risk analysts. The required courses vary by certification sought. The 4012 certificate includes five courses, the 4013 certificate requires those five plus an additional course, and the 4016 certificate requires an additional two courses beyond the 4013 certificate.
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Oregon
Mt Hood Community CollegeGresham, Oregon
Business Cyber Vulnerability Analyst Certificate
Network and Firewall-Security Technician Certificate
Students who want to gain advanced skills for dealing with vulnerabilities in computer systems and networks can earn a Business Cyber Vulnerability Analyst Certificate from Mount Hood Community College. Students who complete the certificate are prepared to take exams for the CompTIA Security+ and AccessData Certified Examiner forensics certifications. The curriculum requires five courses, for a total of 16 credits, and students can complete the certificate in two quarters. Students who enter this program should be proficient in the curriculum for security network technician and networking and firewall security technician. This certificate program is not eligible for financial aid. Mount Hood Community College has an open admissions policy.
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Portland Community CollegePortland, Oregon
Certificate in Cybersecurity Fundamentals
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Portland State UniversityPortland, Oregon
Graduate Certificate in Computer Security
Portland State University has a Graduate Certificate in Computer Security that students can take as a stand-alone credential or as part of a master’s program. The certificate requires students to complete 21 credits, including nine credits in core classes. Students select electives from lists of approved courses and must take at least one software-related elective. Applicants for the certificate must meet the requirements to be admitted to a master’s program in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, including a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students with a degree in a different field must take deficiency classes or prove they have the necessary knowledge. Applicants must submit GRE scores, two recommendations, and a personal statement.
Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main CampusIndiana, Pennsylvania
CNSS 4011 Certification
CNSS 4012 Certification
Indiana University of Pennsylvania has an Information Assurance Program that offers certificates for students who complete the coursework needed to meet national training standards 4011 and 4012. These standards apply to federal employees with certain information assurance roles and to some employees of federal contractors. IUP’s curriculum for the 4011 certificate requires students to take two specific courses in computer science – cybersecurity basics and network security – and two specific criminology courses. Students who have completed the 4011 requirements can take an additional course to qualify for the 4012 certification. The additional courses can be in management of information assurance or a special topic in criminology course.
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Montgomery County Community CollegeBlue Bell, Pennsylvania
Certificate in Cyber Security
Computer Networking Security certification
Montgomery County Community College offers two certificate programs for students who are interested in a career in cybersecurity. The Cybersecurity Certificate is designed for people seeking entry-level jobs in cybersecurity or for people who are already in the industry but who need to upgrade their skills. The curriculum for this certificate includes 30 credits, and students can complete the work in three semesters. Students who earn the certificate should have the skills necessary to sit the exams for a variety of industry-recognized certifications, such as CompTIA A+, Security+, and Network+, Microsoft MTA, Cisco CCENT, CCNA Security, and Certified Ethical Hacker. MCCC also has a CCNA Security certificate with a curriculum that helps prepare students for the CCNA Security test that is a 70-hour program.
Temple UniversityPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Professional Certificate in Information Technology Auditing and Cyber Security
The Fox School of Business at Temple University offers a Professional Certificate in Information Technology Auditing and Cyber Security that is designed for working professionals who only have the time to take one or two courses per semester. The curriculum requires students to complete four courses of their choice from the Master of Science in Information Technology Auditing and Cyber Security program. Students can earn up to 45 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for each course, and if they decide to enter the master’s program in the future, they can apply the courses toward the degree. This program accepts any student who has a bachelor’s degree. GMAT scores are not required.
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Certificate of Advanced Study in Telecommunications Security
The University of Pittsburgh’s graduate program in telecommunications and networking has a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) program that is designed for students who already have a master’s degree and want to update their skills or explore a particular subject without pursing a doctoral degree. The program requires students to take 24 credits in graduate-level courses, including 15 credits selected from courses approved for the Master of Science in Technology. Students seeking the CAS in Security can take electives from the Department of Computer Science and Department of Mathematics. Students must complete the coursework within four calendar years of registering for the program. Applicants should have a master’s in information systems or in information technology and a 3.0 GPA.
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Valley Forge Military CollegeWayne, Pennsylvania
Cybersecurity Certificate
Students enrolled at Valley Forge Military College can earn a Cybersecurity Certificate, no matter their major. Students can take the four required courses as electives. The cybersecurity certificate gives students an additional credential they can use when they enter the job market. The courses included in the certificate program focus on the 11 knowledge units required by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The program is offered on the main campus in Wayne, Pennsylvania, and it is also open to members of the Pennsylvania National Guard with classes delivered at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. The program is offered through the Valley Forge Military College Center for the Advancement of Security Studies.
Villanova UniversityVillanova, Pennsylvania
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
The Villanova College of Engineering offers a Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate that covers major security areas such as the internet, telecommunications networks, computer networks, and embedded processors and controllers. The curriculum for the certificate is flexible. Students must take five courses, including at least three security courses. Students can select courses in systems, policy, or operations, as well as other related elective courses. The Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate is also available with a concentration in cyber physical and control systems security. That curriculum includes four core courses and one elective. Students who complete these certificates can apply the courses toward a related master’s program. Applicants must submit college transcripts, a statement of purpose, and a resume.
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaWest Chester, Pennsylvania
Graduate Computer Security Certificate Undergraduate Computer Security Certificate
Students at West Chester University can earn an undergraduate Computer Security Certificate, which can also count as a computer security or information assurance emphasis for students who major in computer science. The undergraduate certificate requires students to take five specified courses and one elective. Available electives may vary from semester to semester. Undergrads have to complete all the courses with a grade of at least C-, and they must maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in the certificate courses. West Chester also offers an 18-credit graduate-level Computer Security Certificate through its professional development certificate program, which the Computer Science Department directs. Students in the graduate program select six courses from a menu of eight choices.
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Rhode Island
Community College of Rhode IslandWarwick, Rhode Island
Certificate of Completion in Cyber Defense
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Salve Regina UniversityNewport, Rhode Island
Certificate of Graduate Studies in Cybersecurity and Intelligence
Certificate of Graduate Studies in Digital Forensics
Salve Regina University has a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Digital Forensics with classes available at the campuses in Newport or Warwick, Rhode Island, or online. This 12-credit program requires students to take two core courses and select two more courses from a list of approved electives. Students who complete the work for the certificate and decide they want to enter the related master’s degree program may be able to apply the credits earned from the certificate toward the degree. Applicants for this program must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a related field. Applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges attended and a letter of recommendation. Standardized tests are not required.
South Carolina
Citadel Military College of South CarolinaCharleston, South Carolina
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
The Citadel offers a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecuirty in conjunction with the College of Charleston. Students in this program must complete four specified courses for a total of 12 credits. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges they have attended. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0, although those with a lower GPA may be able to enter the program as a non-degree-seeking student and take up to six credit hours. If they successfully complete those courses, they can reapply for regular admission to the program. All applicants should have proficiency in computer architecture, object-oriented programming, data structures, and discrete math. Proficiency can be demonstrated by academic records, approved work experience, or by passing a test the program administers.
College of CharlestonCharleston, South Carolina
Cybersecurity Certificate
The College of Charleston offers a Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate in conjunction with the Citadel. Students must complete four specified courses for a total of 12 credits. Some of the required courses may have prerequisites. Student may begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester, and students can typically complete the certificate in about a year. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0. Students with a lower GPA who complete six credits in computer and information sciences from the College of Charleston with a 3.0 are also accepted. All students must show competency in computer architecture, object-oriented programming, discrete mathematics, data structures, and statistics through coursework, work experience, or a competency test.
Horry-Georgetown Technical CollegeConway, South Carolina
Certificate in Cybersecurity
Horry Georgetown Technical College has a Certificate in Cybersecurity designed to help individuals who are in the field of information technology. Students who complete the coursework for the certificate should be prepared to take certification exams for several industry-recognized credentials, including CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Healthcare IT Tech, and Certified Ethical Hacker. The curriculum for this program requires students to complete 10 courses for a total of 30 credits, and students can complete the work in as few as three semesters. While a background in IT is helpful, it is not required. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. Students can take a placement test or submit ACT or SAT scores. Transfer students must submit high school and college transcripts.
Piedmont Technical CollegeGreenwood, South Carolina
Certificate in Cybersecurity
Piedmont Technical College has a Certificate in Cybersecurity that is designed for networking and computer systems professionals who need to gain skills in security. Classes for this program are offered only at the Greenwood campus. The curriculum includes nine required courses for a total of 27 credits. Some classes must be taken in a certain sequence to satisfy prerequisites, and not every course is offered every semester. Some courses are delivered online. Students can enter the program in any term and can attend on a full-time or part-time basis. Students who complete this certificate can apply the credits to an associate degree in computer technology offered by Piedmont Technical College. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.
Trident Technical CollegeCharleston, South Carolina
Certificate in Applied Science in Cybersecurity
Network Security Certificate
Trident Tech offers a Certificate in Applied Science in Network Security that prepares students who already have experience or training in network operations for a job as a network security specialist. The program requires students to earn 27 credits in specific information system technology courses, and students can complete the coursework in two semesters of full-time study. Students who earn this certificate will gain the skills and knowledge they need to prepare for industry-recognized certification tests, including CompTIA Security+ and Microsoft: Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Network. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and qualifying scores on the ACT, SAT, or the college’s placement test.
University of South Carolina-ColumbiaColumbia, South Carolina
Information Assurance and Security Certificate
The Computer and Science Engineering Department at the University of South Carolina offers a Certificate of Graduate Study in Information Assurance and Security. The 12-credit program requires students to take two core courses in security and two more courses, which can be taken from the computer science and engineering department, from another university department with approval, or by transfer credit. The program is designed so that students can complete the work in less than two years, although students are allowed up to six years to complete all the work required for the certificate. Students may enter the program in the spring or fall semester.
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Tennessee
Nashville State Community CollegeNashville, Tennessee
Information Security Technical Certificate
Students who earn the Information Security Technical Certificate at Nashville State Community College should be prepared to take several industry-recognized certification exams such as CompTIA Security+, and Security Certified Professional’s Tactical Perimeter Defense or Strategic Infrastructure Security exams. To earn the certificate, students must complete six specified courses worth 18 credits. Students can complete the program in three semesters, or in two semesters if they follow the expedited schedule available only at the Southeast Campus. All the courses for this certificate can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Technology with a cyber defense concentration. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, and they must submit ACT scores.
The University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaChattanooga, Tennessee
Advanced Information Systems Security Certificate
Certificate in Advanced Information Systems Security
Certificate in Information Systems Security
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has two undergraduate certificate programs for students who want to enhance their skills in the field of cybersecurity. The Certificate in Information Systems Security is an 18-credit program that requires students to take one criminal justice course and five computer science courses. There are no electives in this certificate program. Students who complete that certificate and want to gain more advanced skills can earn the Certificate in Advanced Information Systems Security, which requires them to complete another three specific computer science courses. Applicants for the basic certificate must meet undergraduate admission requirements for UTC and must have basic knowledge of math and programming.
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University of MemphisMemphis, Tennessee
Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance
Graduate Certificate Program in Business Information Assurance
The University of Memphis offers a Graduate Certificate in Business Information Assurance that focuses on effective management to keep information safe. The certificate is a 12-credit program requiring students to complete four specific classes with an average grade of 3.0. Students who are in the MBA or MSBA program may be able to apply credit from these courses to their degree. The University of Memphis also offers a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security and Information Assurance that meets CNSS standards 4011, 4012, and 4013 for information systems security professionals, senior system managers, and system administrators. The program is open to students with a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a closely related field, or to students with significant work experience in IT.
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Texas
Amarillo CollegeAmarillo, Texas
Computer Cyber-Security Certificate
Amarillo College offers two certificates in cybersecurity to provide students with professional skills needed to work in the computer security field. The Computer Cyber-Security Certificate is an eight-course, 25-credit program that includes hands-on labs to give students experience in working with relevant software and hardware. Students who complete the certificate are prepared to take several certification exams, including CompTIA A+, Security+, Network+, and CISSP. The Computer Networking/Cyber-Security Professional Certificate is an advanced technical certificate that is open to students who have an associate degree or bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field. This certificate also requires students to complete eight specific courses, worth 25 credits.
Central Texas CollegeKilleen, Texas
Certificate of Completion in Cyberdefense-Information Assurance
Central Texas College offers a Certificate of Completion in Networking and Network Security. This 20-credit program has a Cisco focus. The curriculum includes five courses, which cover topics such as routing, switching, wireless, and security. The courses can be completed over three semesters. Central Texas also offers an Information Security Specialist program that prepares students for industry-recognized certification tests such as CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+. The Information Security Specialist certificate is an eight-course, 30-credit program that students can complete in two semesters. Central Texas College has an open admission policy and accepts students with a high school diploma or the equivalent.
Houston Community CollegeHouston, Texas
Network Systems and Cyber Security – Certificate level I
Houston Community College offers a Network Systems and Cyber Security Certificate Level I program that focuses on the basics of networking and telecommunications. The program requires studnets to take 19 credits and can be completed in two semesters. During their second semester, students in this program must take a capstone course where they will be able to use all the skills gained in the program. Students who complete this program can apply the courses to an Associate in Applied Science in Network Systems and Cyber Security if they decide to pursue the associate degree. Houston Community College has an open door policy and admits any student who is a high school graduate, has a GED, or is transferring from an accredited college.
Laredo Community CollegeLaredo, Texas
Certificate in Network and Data Security
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Richland CollegeDallas, Texas
Digital Forensic Analyst Advanced Technical Certificate
Richland College offers a certificate designed for students who need to gain the specialized skills required to gather, identify, and analyze digital evidence for investigations into crimes or civil matters. This program leading to the Digital Forensic Analyst Advanced Technical Certificate is open only to students who already have an associate degree or higher credential in a field that is closely related to digital forensics, such as information technology, computer science, criminal justice, accounting, law, or a health care field. The program requires students to complete 17 credits, including four credits in an internship or forensic project. Students can complete the program in as few as two semesters.
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San Antonio CollegeSan Antonio, Texas
Certificate, Information Security & Assurance
Cyber First Responders Certificate
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Technology and Security Academy (ITSA) Certificate
Northwest Vista College offers a variety of short-term certificate programs in cybersecurity topics to help students gain skills for their job. The Computer Forensics Level 1 Certificate is aimed at individuals who work in law enforcement, private industry, or public agencies. The two-semester program requires students to take a total of six courses. The Information Assurance and Cyber Security Level 1 Certificate prepares students to design, implement, and secure computer networks. This is a two-semester program that requires students to complete eight courses. The Cyber First Responders Marketable Skills Achievement Award is a three-course program designed for first responders, who will learn how to counter cyber-based terror attacks. Northwest Vista accepts any student with a high school diploma or GED.
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St Philip’s CollegeSan Antonio, Texas
Information Security and Assurance Certificate
St. Philip’s College offers two certificate programs for students with an interest in cybersecurity. The CompTIA Security+ Certification Preparation certificate is an 11-credit program that prepares students to take the CompTIA Security+ exam. Security+ is an industry-recognized credential that indicates competency in areas such as system security. St. Philip’s also offers an Information Security and Assurance certificate, a more advanced certificate that requires students to complete 31 credits. Students can complete the certificate in two semesters. Students who complete either of these certificates and take specific classes offered within the program may also be eligible for a 4011 or 4012 certification, indicating they have met national training standards for information systems security professionals or senior systems managers.
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Texas State Technical College-SystemWaco, Texas
Advanced Technical Certificate – Digital Forensics Specialist
Certificate in Cyber Security
Students who want to gain skills in computer security or digital forensics without earning a college degree can find undergraduate-level certificate programs at Texas State Technical College. The college offers a certificate in cybersecurity at the campuses in Fort Bend County, Marshall, North Texas, Waco, and Williamson County. This 45-credit program includes most of the same technical courses required for the associate degree in cybersecurity but does not require any of the other classes required for the associate degree, such as English and general studies. Students can complete the program in four semesters. The Advanced Technical Certificate – Digital Forensics Specialist is available at the Waco campus. Students can complete this 27-credit program in two semesters of full-time study.
The University of Texas at DallasRichardson, Texas
Certificate in Cybersecurity Systems (CCSS)
Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance
Undergraduate Certificate in Information Assurance
The University of Texas at Dallas awards certificates in cybersecurity and information assurance. The Certificate in Cybersecurity Systems is offered by the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Students choose a track in computer science, systems engineering and management, or internal audit and IT management. This is a 12-credit program that can serve as a concentration in master’s programs offered by the school of computer science or management. Professionals who want the certificate but not a master’s must have a relevant bachelor’s degree. The Cyber Security Research and Education Institute also has a Certificate in Information Assurance program for students who are enrolled in bachelor’s or master’s programs in computer science.
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The University of Texas at El PasoEl Paso, Texas
Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
The Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at El Paso offers a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security that is designed for students with a background in computer science who want to gain professional education in cyber security. The curriculum requires students to complete five specified classes for a total of 15 credits. Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and be familiar with the interaction between data structures and algorithms. Applicants may be required to complete prerequisite coursework. Applicants must submit official transcripts, GRE scores, and a statement of purpose. Students who complete the certificate can apply the courses to a graduate degree in computer science. The program is also open to graduate students at UTEP.
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University of North TexasDenton, Texas
Cybersecurity Certificate
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas offers a program leading to a security certificate that meets the national standards for security personnel set by the Committee on National Security Systems. Students who complete the courses for the certificate have met the requirements for CNSS 4011 for information systems security personnel and CNSS 4013 for system administrators in information systems security. The certificate program that UNT offers requires students to take eight set courses in topics such as assembly language, computer organization, networks, computer security, and secure electronic commerce. UNT is home to the Center for Information and Cyber Security, an interdisciplinary center dedicated to cybersecurity.
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Salt Lake Community CollegeSalt Lake City, Utah
Network and Cyber Security Certificate of Proficiency
Salt Lake Community College has a Network and Cyber Security Certificate of Proficiency to prepare students for a career in network and cyber security. Students in this program take three required courses and four recommended electives. Topics covered include computer and network security, penetration testing, and administering a Linux system. Students can complete the coursework in two semesters. Applicants to Salt Lake Community College should have a high school diploma, GED, or be transferring from an accredited college. Students who not meet those requirements must prove they can handle college-level coursework by submitting recent SAT or ACT scores or by taking a placement test.
Utah Valley UniversityOrem, Utah
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
Utah Valley University has a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity designed for students who want to acquire advanced skills in information security. The curriculum calls for 18 credits, including 12 credits in core requirements and six credits in electives. Students can complete the program in as few as two semesters, although they have up to five years to complete all the requirements. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in information systems, computer science, information technology, or information security. Students who have a degree in a different field may be admitted if they have at least two years of professional experience in a job in IT or information security. Prerequisite courses include data communication, programming, and servers.
Weber State UniversityOgden, Utah
Graduate Certificate in Management Information Systems – Information Assurance
Webster State University has a Graduate Certificate in Information Systems & Technologies/Information Assurance that business professionals can use as a standalone credential to advance their career. The curriculum includes five courses. Most of the courses are offered in an eight-week hybrid format that combines one weekly evening class with online instruction. The program, housed in the Goddard School of Business and Economics, follows the Webster semester calendar and breaks the semester into two eight-week sessions. The program can also be combined with Webster’s MBA program. Applicants who want only the graduate certificate must have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. They must also submit a resume and two recommendations.
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Danville Community CollegeDanville, Virginia
Certificate in Cyber Security
Certificate in Cyber Security
Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation
Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation
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George Mason UniversityFairfax, Virginia
Applied Cyber Security Graduate Certificate
Certificate Program in Telecommunications Forensics and Security
George Mason University has two graduate certificate programs for students who want coursework in cyber security. The Applied Cyber Security Graduate Certificate is designed for students who are employed by the federal government or a government contractor. Students must complete four specified courses for 12 credits. The program is open to full-time or part-time students, and applicants must have a bachelor’s degree. The Telecommunications Forensics and Security Graduate Certificate covers security and forensics related to networks and digital storage media. The 15-credit curriculum includes three foundation courses and two electives. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, but the undergraduate major can be in any subject. The GPA requirement may be waived for students with relevant work experience.
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James Madison UniversityHarrisonburg, Virginia
Certificate in Network/Information Security
Certificate in Secure Computer and Database Systems
James Madison University offers two graduate-level certificate programs that allow working professionals and JMU graduate students to gain in-depth knowledge about cybersecurity. The Certificate in Network/Information Security is a three-course, nine-credit program that focuses on defending computer networks. The Certificate in Secure Computer and Database Systems is also a three-course, nine-credit program that provides students with an understanding of security problems and solutions for databases and computer systems. Either certificate program is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree, two years of experience or education in computer programming, and a working knowledge of C++ or Java. Students who complete either of these certificates can apply the credits earned toward a master’s degree from JMU.
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Lord Fairfax Community CollegeMiddletown, Virginia
Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate
Lord Fairfax Community College has a Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate that requires students to take seven courses, for a total of 21 credits. Students can complete the certificate alone to gain job skills or they can combine it with an Associate in Information Systems Technology degree for further credentials. Students may be able to complete the stand-alone certificate program in one year. Lord Fairfax Community College accepts any students with a high school diploma or GED. Students may be able to gain credit for prior learning by transferring credits from other colleges, by passing tests, and by gaining credit for work experiences, professional certifications, and military training.
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Marymount UniversityArlington, Virginia
Computer Security and Information Assurance Graduate Certificate
Students who are enrolled in the Master of Science in Information Technology program at Marymount University can select a track in computer security and earn a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity. The curriculum for the cybersecurity certificate, which comprises the coursework for the specialization track, includes a course in advanced computer security, one in security and privacy of electronic documents, and a course in cybersecurity law, ethics, and compliance. The fourth class is an elective in cybersecurity. Marymount University uses a variety of criteria to select graduate students, including previous academic record, work experience, recommendations, test scores, and other factors. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all previous college work and a professional resume.
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Old Dominion UniversityNorfolk, Virginia
Graduate Certificate in Cyber Systems Security
Radford UniversityRadford, Virginia
Undergraduate Certificate in Information Security
Students who major in information technology at Radford University can also earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Information Security, no matter which concentration they are pursuing. Students who complete the courses needed for this certificate have met the National Security Agency’s training standard 4011, covering information systems security professionals, and standard 4013, which covers system administrators. These certificates are needed for some jobs with the government or with contractors who perform work for a government agency. The courses required for the certificate have several prerequisite courses, and students must earn a GPA of 2.0 in specific courses to gain the certificate.
Thomas Nelson Community CollegeHampton, Virginia
Career Studies Certificate in Cybersecurity for Enterprise
Career Studies Certificate in Cybersecurity for Enterprise
Career Studies Certificate in Cybersecurity for Local Area Networks
Career Studies Certificate in Cybersecurity for Local Area Networks
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Tidewater Community CollegeNorfolk, Virginia
Career Studies Certificate in Cyber Security
Individuals who already have substantial experience in computer networking can gain up-to-date skills in information assurance by earning a Career Studies Certificate in Cyber Security through Tidewater Community College. Students study topics such as detecting intrusions, firewalls, protecting the perimeter, handling incidents, legal issues in network security, and security models. Students must take seven courses, and they can complete the certificate in three semesters of part-time study. Graduates of the program can sit for a variety of industry-recognized certification exams such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional or CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner. Credits earned in this program can be applied toward an Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology at TCC.
University of RichmondUniversity of Richmond, Virginia
Certificate in Information Security
The School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond offers a Certificate in Information Security. To earn the certificate, students must complete at least 12 credits in courses selected from a list of approved topics. Students can select courses covering topics such as IT security planning and risk management, local area networks, and programming in Java. Applicants for this certificate program must have a bachelor’s degree, although an undergraduate major is not specified. The University of Richmond requires all certificate students to apply as degree-seeking students, and applicants must submit transcripts of prior college work. Students may apply for entry in the spring, summer, or fall semester.
Virginia TechBlacksburg, Virginia
Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance
The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech offers a Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance Engineering. The certificate requires students to complete four specific graduate level courses: fundamentals of information security, software engineering, and two classes in network architecture and protocols. Students may request a substitute for the second architecture course. Students must complete an application listing the courses they plan to take when they enroll. The College of Engineering does not list specific requirements for applicants to the certificate program. However, applicants to engineering and computer science master’s programs are expected to have a GPA of 3.3 or higher on their last two years of undergraduate work. Students with a background outside of computer engineering may have to take prerequisite coursework.
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Washington
Central Washington UniversityEllensburg, Washington
Certificate in CyberSecurity
The Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management at Central Washington University has an undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity that students can also use as a minor for a wide variety of majors. The certificate or minor requires students to complete six specific courses for a total of 24 credits. Incoming freshmen must have taken all the high school courses set by the Washington Student Achievement Council and must submit ACT or SAT scores. Transfer students must submit transcripts from high school and previous colleges attended as well as ACT, SAT, or Compass scores. Transfer students with a 2.5 GPA and 40 credits are usually admissible. Applicants with a lower GPA will undergo a review process.
Edmonds Community CollegeLynnwood, Washington
Certificate in Computer Information Systems – Cyber Security Specialist
Certificate in Computer Information Systems – Digital Forensics
Edmonds Community College offers a Certificate in Computer Information Systems – Cyber Security Specialist that gives students skills in cyber security and prepares them for several industry certification tests related to network security. The curriculum requires students to take seven core courses and one computer information systems elective course, for a total of 40 credits. Applicants must have passed courses in PC fundamentals and networking fundamentals to enter this program. Students who have work experience, certifications, or other background in computer information systems may be able to waive those prerequisites and should talk to a program adviser about a prior learning assessment.
Highline Community CollegeDes Moines, Washington
Digital Forensics & Investigations Certificate
Highline College offers two short-term certificate programs for students interested in gaining skills for the cybersecurity job market. One certificate, Network Security and Cisco CCNA, focuses on hardware, including installing operating systems, switches, routers, and managing security devices. This is a 50-credit program that includes six technical-professional courses and three related courses. Before entering the program, students must complete an introductory course in computing. Graduates of this program are prepared to take the exams for the CCNA and CCENT certifications, which are industry-recognized credentials. The other program is the Certificate in Digital Forensics and Investigations. The curriculum requires students to take five professional-technical courses on topics such as data recovery and computer forensics. Credits from either program may be applied to an associate degree.
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Whatcom Community CollegeBellingham, Washington
Certificate of Proficiency – Information Security Professional
Whatcom Community College has a program leading to a Certificate of Proficiency – Information Security Professional. This is a 23-credit program that requires students to successfully complete five specific courses. The curriculum for the certificate has been certified as mapping to the National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education program, sometimes referred to as CAE2Y. The certificate is also embedded in the college’s Associate of Science in Computer Information Systems program, allowing students to gain employment credentials while earning their degree. Whatcom Community College has an open admissions policy, and any student who is at least 18 or has a high school diploma or GED may attend.
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West Virginia
Blue Ridge Community and Technical CollegeMartinsburg, West Virginia
Information Security Certificate
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College offers an Information Security Certificate that gives students an entry-level foundation in security basics. Topics covered include introductory programming, monitoring networks, assessing risk, and administering operating systems. The curriculum requires 30 credits, including 24 credits in technical core classes. Students take a practicum in testing methods that will help to prepare them to take the CompTIA Security+ certification exam. Content in other classes will also prepare students for other industry-recognized certification tests, such as Certified Ethical Hacker and CompTIA Network+. Students must also take four general education courses. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and can either submit ACT or SAT scores or take a placement test.
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Marshall UniversityHuntington, West Virginia
Certificate in Information Assurance
Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics
The Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics offered through the Marshall University Graduate College is designed for students who do not have a background in digital forensics. Courses cover everything from fundamentals to advanced topics in various kinds of digital evidence. The curriculum requires students to complete 14 credits in a specific sequence. Students enter the program in the fall and take two courses in the fall semester and three courses in the spring semester. Applicants who want to pursue the certificate without obtaining a master’s degree must apply as a certificate/professional development student. Applicants should have an undergrad GPA of 3.0 and must submit GRE scores, personal statement, and two recommendations. Accepted students must complete a background check to enter the program.
West Virginia UniversityMorgantown, West Virginia
Graduate Certificate in Computer Forensics
Information Assurance and Biometrics Certificate Program
The Benjamin Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University offers two graduate-level certificate programs in cybersecurity topics. The Graduate Certificate in Computer Forensics trains students to help protect industry, government, and other organizations from cybercrime. Students must complete 15 credits in coursework and a capstone project. Students who want to earn just the certificate must still apply for admission to one of two graduate programs: Master of Science in Computer Science or Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with a computer engineering major. The Graduate Certificate in Biometrics and Information Assurance is a 15-credit program that requires students to take four courses and complete a capstone course and capstone project. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
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Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin-ParksideKenosha, Wisconsin
Cyber Security Certificate
The University of Wisconsin Parkside offers a Cyber Security Certificate program. The curriculum for this program provides hand-on practice using the same industry tools professionals use to test and defend computer networks. Students in the program use the university’s dedicated cyber security laboratory to gain skills in securing computers, networks, and servers. The certificate meets National Security Agency national training standard 4011 for information systems security professionals. Some IT jobs with the government or with government contactors require applicants to have 4011 certification. The curriculum for this certificate requires students to take three courses, for a total of nine credits.
Waukesha County Technical CollegePewaukee, Wisconsin
Cyber Security Specialist Certificate
Security Administrator Certificate
Technical Certificate in Cybersecurity
The Cyber Security Specialist Certificate program at Waukesha County Technical College is designed for working adults who want to get additional training or gain new skills. This is a 16-credit program that requires students to complete five courses, and students can complete work for the certificate in three semesters of part-time study. Students who want to complete a technical certificate at Waukesha County Technical College are not required to apply for admission. For the first semester, they simply register during the open registration period, and they must declare their intention to complete the certificate after they start classes. Certificate students receive priority registration for the second semester.
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Wyoming
Casper CollegeCasper, Wyoming
Certificate in Computer Security
The Certificate in Computer Security available through Casper College is designed for working people who need to update their skills or who want to receive additional training focused on computer security without completing the general education requirements of an associate degree. The curriculum requires 27 credits, and students can finish the program in about nine months. Students take seven courses in computer science and computer security, as well as a math class and a course in business communications or business English. Applicants must have a high school diploma or the equivalent and must submit ACT scores or similar placement tests. Transfer students must have at least a 2.0 GPA at the last college attended.
Sheridan CollegeSheridan, Wyoming
Cyber Security Certificate
Sheridan College and Gillette College, part of the Northern Wyoming Community College District, have a program leading to a Cyber Security Certificate. Students who complete this program will be able to assess a network for vulnerability, implement measures to secure the network, apply cryptography, and understand the ethical issues involved in cyber security. The colleges map the 40-credit curriculum as a two-year part-time program. Students must complete 13 specified courses to complete the certificate. Graduates of the certificate program can move seamlessly into the Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Security program the colleges offer. Students must complete all the work with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
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