Applied Cybersecurity (Certificate)

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In this certificate program, traditional computing skills are balanced with communication, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, which are further honed by applying these skills in real-world settings. Students benefit from experts in research and industry, balancing both perspectives, and graduate with a mastery of the industry's critical knowledge, skills and abilities.

The applied cybersecurity certificate program is designed to build competencies in security operations, risk assessment, network security, and governmental and regulatory compliance in an interdisciplinary learning setting.

Building upon core skills that students bring with them from their majors, students practice dealing with cyber threats and resolving issues from multiple perspectives. This certificate is an ideal supplement for students interested in careers in cybersecurity in both the private sector and within government agencies (FBI, Homeland Security, NSA, DOD) in positions such as:

  • chief information security officer
  • cyber risk analyst
  • information security engineer
  • network security engineer
  • security operations center analyst

The program is offered through a collaboration between the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Program offered

Applied Cybersecurity (Certificate)

Offered by
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Polytechnic, Tempe, West

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The certificate in applied cybersecurity consists of a minimum of 15 upper-division credit hours earned at ASU. Six credit hours must be unique and not count towards a student's undergraduate degree. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the certificate must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better. Students must select courses from more than one prefix to fulfill certificate requirements.
Students must take CSE 365 or IFT 302 and one course each from groups A, B or C, and D; then one course from Group E for a total of five courses or 15 credit hours. It is recommended that the Group A course be taken concurrently with CSE 365 or IFT 302. The Group B or C and D courses must be taken after successful completion of CSE 365 or IFT 302. Group A through D courses must be completed successfully before enrolling in the Group E required course.
Required Courses -- 3 credit hours
Electives -- 9 credit hours
Group A - Security Operations and Risk Management -- 3 credit hours
Group B - Systems and Network Security OR Group C - Forensics/Cyber Crime -- 3 credit hours
Group D - Policy -- 3 credit hours
Group E - Project -- 3 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

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