12
Credit Hours
4
Courses

Degree

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Format

  • In-Person

Real-world Cyber Security Training

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Our real world depends on the digital world, which can be vulnerable to many issues including malicious software and hardware, denial of service attacks, unauthorized access, network outages, data corruption and sensitive data being compromised by hackers.

With the growing threat of digital attacks, securing digital assets has become an increasing national priority.

The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security program focuses on presenting students with the fundamental principles and hands-on experience in protecting networks, computers, programs and institutional data from attack, damage or unauthorized access.

  • National Designation


    St. Mary’s University, through the M.S. in Cyber Security program, has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).

  • Certificate Program


    The Certificate in Cyber Security presents students with the fundamental principles and hands-on experience in protecting networks, computers, programs and institutional data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. This program is designed to serve the needs of individuals who would like to increase their knowledge and skill levels in the field of cyber security in a short time frame.

    See the catalog for program requirements:

    Students who earn the certificate are encouraged to pursue a Master of Science in Cyber Security, which requires just 6 additional classes and a project, or 5 additional classes and a thesis.

  • Cyber Security Courses


    The certificate program in Cyber Security requires four classes (12 credit hours), which can also be used toward completion of a Master of Science degree in Cyber Security with additional courses and completing either a capstone project or thesis. Students select their courses from this list:

    • Computer Network Security
    • Software Security
    • Computer Security and Privacy
    • Cloud Computing Security
    • Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime
    • Preparation for Security Certification
    • Cryptography Principles and Practice
    • Cyber Security Risk Management
    • Cyber Security Policy and Law

    See full course details in the catalog:

  • Admission Requirements


    Applicants should have an undergraduate degree (or equivalent experience) in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or a closely related discipline.

    Applicants whose undergraduate degree is not in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or a closely related discipline are required to demonstrate proficiency in the following subjects or take the corresponding prerequisite courses at St. Mary’s University or other institutions: Discrete Mathematics, Object Oriented Programming, and Data Structures.

    For specific admission requirements, visit the catalog.


Cyber Talk

Associate Professor of Computer Science, Dr. Ayad Barsoum, was a guest on the Cyber Talk Radio podcast to discuss the benefits of the Cyber Security Graduate Program at St. Mary’s University.

From the dark web to your radio dial, Cyber Talk Radio is a weekly discussion on cloud computing, Internet and cyber security trends facing businesses with Bret Piatt, CEO of Jungle Disk.



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