Cybersecurity (CERT)

Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
Unit: Speed School of Engineering (GS)
Department: Computer Engineering and Computer Science
Academic Plan Code(s): NIS_CNSGS, NIS_CNSGSO

Program Information

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

The graduate certificate in Cybersecurity is designed for advanced computer professionals who wish to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the fast-changing field of cybersecurity, as well as students majoring in disciplines other than Computer Engineering and Computer Science who want to gain knowledge and skills in cybersecurity. 

The Cybersecurity graduate certificate program consists of 12 credit hours with two required courses from Computer Engineering and Computer Science department and two elective courses selected from a list of relevant elective courses in Computer Engineering and Computer Science department.

As networking technology continues to rapidly advance, so do new and sophisticated threats and attacks to the nation's information infrastructure.  The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity from the University of Louisville will prepare you to respond to these challenges, training you to monitor and identify cybercriminals.  

Admission Requirements

The admission standards for the Graduate Certificate program in Data Science are as follows:

  1. All admission applications for the Graduate Certificate program shall include the following:
    1. Completed application for the Graduate School,
    2. Application fee,
    3. Official transcript(s) for all previous post-secondary coursework.  All transcripts not in English must be certified as authentic and translated verbatim into English.
  2. The minimum requirement for admission is the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution or current enrollment in an undergraduate Speed School program.
  3. The successful applicant will typically have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above (on a 4.00 scale).
  4. International students whose primary language is not English must show English language proficiency. Applicants must either submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score or demonstrate a degree award from an acceptable English language institution.  The successful applicant will typically have a total TOEFL score of 80 or higher or an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.

Students enrolling in this graduate certificate program will need to have sufficient background to be successful. Therefore, students must have completed the required course prerequisites, or have equivalent knowledge from courses taken at other universities, or from work experience. Prerequisites include courses (or equivalent) such as CECS 130, CECS 310, and CECS 503.

Students can enroll in a Graduate Certificate program either as a non-degree seeking student or as a student simultaneously enrolled in a graduate degree program and this graduate certificate program.  Students who wish to earn a graduate degree must meet all admission criteria for the degree program.

All students enrolled in a graduate certificate program are expected to make steady and satisfactory progress toward the completion of the certificate. Students who are not enrolled for a period of more than 12 months will be considered to have withdrawn from the certificate program. Students who seek to return after such a period of time must contact the graduate program director.

Program Requirements

A total of 12 credit hours are required with 2 required courses and two elective courses.

Required Courses
CECS 564Introduction to Cryptography3
or CECS 568 Computer Forensics
CECS 566Information Security3
Select two of the following: 6
Network Security
Mobile Computing
Data Mining
Special Topics in Computer Engineering and Computer Science
Special Topics in Computer Engineering and Computer Science (Advanced Cryptography)
Special Topics in Computer Engineering and Computer Science (Database Security)
Minimum Total Hours12

The Certificate Program of Study must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all graduate courses used to satisfy certificate requirements. 

Graduate certificate students must take all certificate course work at the University of Louisville. No transfer credits will be accepted toward a graduate certificate.