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The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity

Protect and secure data. 

Cybersecurity affects everyone—including individuals, organizations, governments and society at large. Despite this, industry reports indicate a shortage of qualified professionals to fill cybersecurity-related roles. Demand for professionals who can help secure data, information technology assets and the nation’s critical infrastructure continues to grow. As a result, current or aspiring employees from all business functions will increasingly be expected to play a role in securing their organizations. Those with training in modern cybersecurity techniques and methods are highly sought after by employers in all industries.

This innovative program is designed to provide specialized knowledge, skills and training in a flexible format, and in a short amount of time. Completing the program will help set you apart, sharpen your competitive edge, boost your earning power and advance in your profession.

What is it?

The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity is a 12-credit-hour multidisciplinary program that can be completed in as few as two semesters (taking 6 credit hours per semester) or up to four semesters (taking 3 credit hours per semester). It is designed for students of all backgrounds who want a foundation in information security and for a broad group of managers, technical specialists and entry level professionals with a bachelor’s degree. It provides students the flexibility to focus on technical and/or managerial aspects of information security. In addition, this certificate program fulfills 4 course requirements for the MS in Cybersecurity, so it’s a great way to build knowledge and credentials while considering further graduate studies.

Throughout the program, students gain skills in the principles of cybersecurity, security of data networks, penetration testing and risk management. Upon completing the certificate, students will be able to apply fundamental security principles and formal security models to solve problems in cybersecurity; develop, maintain and implement information security policies; and communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders about cybersecurity issues.

Required Courses
INFSYS 6828 Principles of Information Security 3
or CMP SCI 5702 Cyber Threats and Defense
CMP SCI 4730 Computer Networks and Communications 3
or INFSYS 6836 Management of Data Networks and Security
CMP SCI 5782 Advanced Information Security 3
or INFSYS 6858 Advanced Cybersecurity Concepts
Choose one of the following: 3
CMP SCI 4700
Computer Forensics
CMP SCI 5020
Android Apps: Android Fundamentals
CMP SCI 5222
Advanced iOS Apps
CMP SCI 5732
Cryptography for Computer Security
CMP SCI 5750
Cloud Computing
CMP SCI 5792
Mobile Computing, Networking, and Security
CMP SCI 5794
Security of IoT Systems
Data Programming for Business Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence Applications for Business and Cybersecurity
Applied Cryptography for Business Applications
Cloud Security Management
Software Assurance
Management of Information Security
Total Hours 12

Career Opportunities

Cybersecurity Specialist

Cyber Defense Analyst

Cyber Defense Incident Responder

Vulnerability Assessment Analyst

Cybersecurity Forensics Analyst

Cybersecurity Risk Management Analyst

Cybersecurity Awareness & Training Analyst

Malware Analyst

Serious Education. Serious Value.

The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity at UMSL is earned through our internationally recognized College of Business Administration, ranked among the top 2 percent of business schools in the world thanks to dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting. You’ll learn from highly qualified educators and researchers who hold terminal degrees from some of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions. They’re not only academics, but business practitioners and active consultants who bridge the classroom with the real world.

UMSL is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The CAE designation is awarded to universities meeting the highest standards of cybersecurity education and provides students opportunities to access industry and government scholarships geared toward CAE schools; to access career fairs specifically designed for CAE schools; and to apply 1 year towards a typical 5-year work requirement for industry certifications by attending CAE designated schools.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis provides the knowledge, resources, tools, skills and support students will need to be successful in our programs. Designed to accommodate busy adults, the flexibility of this program enables students to boost their credentials while balancing work, family and school life. UMSL is committed to increasing access to higher education, and as such, is consistently ranked number one in affordability in the St. Louis region.

College of Business Administration
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St. Louis, MO 63121

Office of Graduate Admissions
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St. Louis, MO 63121