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Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate

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Certificate Overview Open Accordion

Earn your cybersecurity certificate online with CSU

Digital information is more essential and valuable than ever before. As the challenge of securing that information grows, the demand for experts with cybersecurity training will continue expanding across industries.

This online graduate certificate program will give you the knowledge to excel in the rapidly evolving field of digital information management and security. Learn to identify vulnerabilities within systems and mitigate a wide range of IT-related risks for organizations. Gain the skills to take on a leadership role as an IT security professional.

What you will learn

By completing this program’s four AACSB-accredited courses, you will learn how to evaluate weaknesses in an organization's IT systems and make recommendations to improve regulatory compliance, reporting, and operational performance. After mastering new programming concepts, you will gain significant hands-on experience in both attacking and defending virtual systems. You will also demonstrate how to set up and troubleshoot both computer networking hardware and software.

The content in these cybersecurity courses blends business and technical approaches to provide you with the most practical, relevant training so you can confidently address a wide range of cybersecurity challenges. Complete coursework at home and on your schedule to earn your graduate certificate in as little as two semesters.

Prepare to enter a rapidly growing career field

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security analysts with the right skills and experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of $99,730. Job growth in this field is also projected to grow by 32% between 2018 and 2028, much faster than the average growth for all professions.

Apply credits toward your master’s degree

Every credit earned in this certificate can later be applied toward your Master of Computer Information Systems graduate degree (after formal admission per University transfer policies). Note that successful completion of this certificate does not guarantee admission into the master’s program.

Curriculum Open Accordion

To earn your graduate certificate, you must successfully complete the following courses:

Required Courses

Program Total Credits: 12

Note: This certificate may have courses in common with other graduate certificates. A student may earn more than one certificate, but a given course may be counted toward only one certificate.

Faculty Open Accordion

This online program is instructed by the same faculty members who teach the MCIS program on CSU’s main campus in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Ramadan Abdunabi
Clinical Professor

Charles Butler

Frequently Asked Questions Open Accordion

Can I apply the credits from this graduate certificate to a master’s?

Yes. Every credit earned in this certificate can later be applied toward the CSU College of Business’s online (or on-campus) Master of Computer Information Systems (after formal admission per University transfer policies). However, successfully completing the graduate certificate does not guarantee admission into the master’s program.

What kind of advice and support can I expect as I move through this program?

Both the College of Business and the Graduate School strive to provide the support you need to succeed in your program, and both offer numerous services to ensure that students can get assistance or support in a timely manner. All admitted students have access to a CIS advisor and CIS faculty throughout the program. Your CIS advisor will be available to approve of programs of study and to assist with program planning, in addition to many other areas of your academic experience.

Additional support resources:

What should my resume include?

A complete resume should include a description of each full-time professional position you've held and the length of time you held each position. Please list the month and year you began and ended each position. Include a reference from each place of employment, if possible.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall: August 1
Spring: January 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

Generally, graduate certificate applicants must meet or exceed the following criteria:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited, four-year institution
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from your most recent degree completed
    Please submit an academic performance explanation with your application if your GPA was lower than 3.0.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Current resume
Describe the responsibilities of your professional experience and what you accomplished while in those positions; show the length of time for each position (including the month and year). International applicants, please provide the city, state, and country for your employment and academic history. You will upload this document to your online application.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

Under "Select an application type," choose the term (fall or spring) that you are applying to. Note: Some certificates have a preferred start term; please contact us for details.

  • Choose "Cybersecurity (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)

4 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from all institutions attended. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary):
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Academic performance explanation (if GPA is below 3.0): If your most recent degree (undergraduate or graduate) cumulative GPA is below 3.0, complete and email the academic performance petition (PDF) to

International applicants: You must submit one set of official transcripts and a degree statement with a certified translation into English from each college or university attended, or notarized/certified copies if you can't get originals. Documents must show courses and final examinations taken, marks received for each year, and degree or diploma received. These must be mailed to us.

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


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Program Details

12 credits
$867 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
Learn more about financial aid and scholarships Tuition/fees are just part of the cost to attend CSU. Learn more about the full Cost of Attendance
Certificate Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
Time Frame
Can be completed in two semesters if courses are taken concurrently or three semesters if courses are taken sequentially
Admission Reqs.
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution.
  • 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate coursework

Application Dates

Fall semester
August 1
Spring semester
January 1

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