Cyber Security Graduate Certificate
A Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security is a university-issued graduate degree. It involves acceptance to the University of Rhode Island graduate program, graded course work, and typically a paper or project. It is designed for professionals who wish to obtain a focused graduate degree, but cannot commit to a full Master's degree.
The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security is designed to be done completely online so that professionals may fulfill the requirements for this degree from anywhere.
- Tech-oriented degree integrated with cyber security practice.
- No tech prerequisites*
- Completely online! Video lectures streamed on demand. Cloud-based hands-on labs.
The program assumes that students have an 'Net+' level of understanding of computer networks and how they work. For students without this background we offer a free optional online course in the summer before the program begins.*
In order to complete a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security, students must complete 4 courses. Available courses are sorted into three course groups: Starting Core Courses, Mandatory Core Courses, and Concentration Courses.
Optional Background Course
*CSF102 - Fundamentals for Cyber Security is an optional additional course in basic technology concepts, available for students coming from less technical backgrounds.
Starting Core Course
The Starting Core course must be taken before students can take any additional courses. This courses can be taken in conjunction with CSF 430 - Introduction to Information Assurance, but can not be taken in conjunction with any other courses.
- CSF 432 - Introduction to Network and Systems Security (Fall; 4 credits)
Mandatory Core Courses
The 'Mandatory Core' courses must be taken towards completion of the certificate program. This courses can be taken at any time during the program including before, after, or in conjunction with courses from the Starting Core Courses or Concentration Courses as long as all course prerequisites are met.
- CSF 430 - Introduction to Information Assurance (Fall; 4 credits)
- CSF 534 - Advanced Topics in Network and System Security (Spring; 4 credits)
Students must take one additional course from the Concentration Courses to complete their certificate program. These courses must be taken after completion of the Starting Core Courses, however can be taken in any order. Students can choose to take these courses before, after, or in conjunction with courses from the Mandatory Courses as long as all course prerequisites are met.
- CSF 524 - Advanced Incident Response (Spring; 4 credits)
- CSF 536 - Advanced Intrusion Detection and Defense (Fall; 4 credits)
- CSF 538 - Penetration Testing (Summer; 4 credits)
Sample Options and Completion Times
There are many options available for students to complete the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security, below are some sample options and how long they take to complete.
|Year 1||Year 2|
|Option 1||CSF 430 & CSF 432||CSF 534 & CSF 524||9 months|
|Option 2||CSF 430 & CSF 432||CSF 534||CSF 538||12 months|
|Option 3||CSF 432||CSF 534||CSF 538||CSF 430||16 months|
|Option 4||CSF 432||CSF 534||CSF 430 & CSF 536||16 months|
|Option 5||CSF 432||CSF 534||CSF 430||CSF 524||20 months|
Read more about the program requirements for the Cyber Security Graduate Certificates.
Courses taken in this certificate program can be applied towards a Professional Science Masters Degree in Cyber Security, a Masters Degree in Computer Science, and/or a PhD in Computer Science.