Certificate in Cybersecurity

Department

Certificate in Cybersecurity

The certificate program in Cybersecurity focuses on presenting students with the fundamental principles and hands-on experience of how to protect networks, computers, programs, and institutional data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. This program is designed to serve the needs of individuals who would like to increase their knowledge and skill levels in the field of cybersecurity in a short time frame.

Students who successfully complete the certificate program are highly encouraged to continue and earn their Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity by taking five additional courses and complete a capstone project or four additional courses and a thesis.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree (or equivalent experience) in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or a closely related discipline

Applicants whose undergraduate degree is not in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or a closely related discipline are required to demonstrate proficiency in the following subjects or take the corresponding prerequisite courses at St. Mary’s University or other institutions: Discrete Mathematics, Object Oriented Programming, and Data Structures

Certificate Requirements

The certificate program in Cybersecurity requires four classes (12 credit hours) that can also be used toward a Master’s of Science in Cybersecurity. Students will choose four courses from this list of three-hour courses: 

Certificate in Cybersecurity
Select four of the following:12
Computer Network Security
Computer Security and Privacy
Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime
Cybersecurity Risk Management
Cybersecurity Policy and Law
Cryptography Principles and Practice
Special Topics
Software Security
Total Semester Hours12