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).

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.

At A Glance

Applied Cybersecurity (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The certificate in applied cybersecurity consists of 15 credit hours; a minimum of 12 upper-division credit hours must be 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 subject to fulfill certificate requirements.
Students must take CSE 365 or IFT 202 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 202. The Group B or C and D courses must be taken after successful completion of CSE 365 or IFT 202. Group A through D courses must be completed successfully before enrolling in the Group E required course.
Required Courses -- 3 credit hours
Electives -- 12 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.

Enrollment requirements

To enroll in this certificate program, students should have completed at least 45 credit hours in their declared majors and have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better.

Students should pay attention to the prerequisites needed for required certificate courses and make sure to complete prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in the certificate program.

CSE 365 Information Assurance has prerequisites of ACO 240, CIS 235, CIS 236, CSE 220 or CSE 240.
Prerequisites for ACO 240: ACO 102 or CSE 205, or GIS major with GIS 222, or software engineering graduate student
Prerequisites for CIS 235: CIS 105, 200 or 220; MAT 210, 211, 270 or 271
Prerequisites for CSE 220: CSE 205
Prerequisites for CSE 240: ACO 102 or CSE 205, or GIS major with GIS 222, or software engineering graduate student

IFT 202 Foundations of Information and Computer System Security has prerequisites of IFT 101, IFT 103 and IFT 166.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career outlook

The certificate in applied cybersecurity provides a solid background for students interested in the following careers:

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

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