Cybersecurity (CERT)

Admission Requirements

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

  1. All admission applications for the Graduate Certificate program shall include the following:
    1. Completed graduate application for the Graduate School,
    2. Application fee,
    3. Official transcript certifying at least a bachelor's degree.  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 a graduate 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, IELTS or Duolingo score or demonstrate a degree award from an acceptable English language institution.  The successful applicant will typically have a total TOEFL score of 79, higher or an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or higher or Duolingo score of 105.

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 CSE 130, CSE 310, and CSE 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 Students who are not enrolled for a period of more than 12 months will be considered to have withdrawn from the certificate program.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 twelve (12) credit hours are required with two required courses and two elective courses.

Required Courses
CSE 564Introduction to Cryptography3
or CSE 568 Computer Forensics
CSE 566Information Security3
Select two of the following: 6
Introduction to Machine Learning
Software Security
Special Topics in Computer Science and Engineering (Computer and Cyber Security)
Network Security
Mobile Computing
Database Security
Data Mining
Special Topics in Computer Science and Engineering
Special Topics in Computer Science and Engineering (Advanced Cryptography)
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.