Advanced Computer Security Specialist Certificate (AG71)

The Advanced Computer Security Specialist certificate program focuses on the skills necessary to maintain a secure IT environment in the workplace. This program introduces students to more advanced security protocols and the use of forensics.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Advanced Computer Security Specialist technical certificate program are prepared to be responsible for protecting the computer networks of a company or government agency. Someone in an entry-level position may operate software to monitor and analyze information, while a more senior-level position could require investigative work to determine whether a security breach has occurred.

Admissions Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 17 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
Accuplacer 55 60 34 NA
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 224 236 229 NA
Compass 70 32 26 NA
SAT 16 15 18 NA
SAT 270 280 310 NA
ACT 14 13 14 NA
ASSET 37 38 32 NA
PSAT 16 15 18 NA
GED NA 145 145 NA
TABE 461 NA 442 NA

Advanced Computer Security Specialist Curriculum

The curriculum for the Advanced Computer Security Specialist technical certificate program is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program any semester. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 27 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 495 contact hours and generally takes 2 semesters to complete.

Program Courses

General Education Core (15 Credits)

Area I – Language Arts/Communication

ENGL 1102Literature and Composition


ENGL 2130American Literature


Area II – Social/Behavioral Sciences

HIST 2112U.S. History II (since 1865)


POLS 1101American Government


ECON 1101Principles of Economics


Occupational Courses (12 Credits)

CIST 2601Implement Operating Systems Security


CIST 2602Network Security


CIST 2612Computer Forensics


Program Costs

Tuition and Fees ($100 per credit hour): $2,700

Fees ($385 per semester): $770

Books/Supplies: $1,000

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)