Cybersecurity Certificate (IS81)

The Cybersecurity certificate is designed to give students the knowledge they need to understand and maintain computer information systems security.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates with a cybersecurity certificate can enhance their education and skill-set with training in how to implement security measures to protect computer data, networks, and systems.

Admissions Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • 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

Cybersecurity Certificate Curriculum

The curriculum for the Cybersecurity certificate program is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program any semester. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 26 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 555 contact hours and generally takes 2 semesters to complete.

Program Courses

Occupational Courses (26 Credits)

CIST 1601Information Security Fundamentals


CIST 1602Security Policies & Procedures


CIST 2601Implement Operating Systems Security


CIST 2602Network Security


CIST 2611Network Defense and Countermeasures


CIST 2612Computer Forensics


CIST 2613Ethical Hacking & Penetration


Program Costs

Tuition ($100 per credit hour): $2,600

Fees ($385 per semester): $770

Books/Supplies: $750

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)