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Cybersecurity Certificate

The Certificate in Cybersecurity is a 4-course, affordable option for professionals who need to upgrade their IT skills to meet current market demands.

Technology is playing a significantly increasing role in our society. Organizations are becoming more dependent on sophisticated information systems, mobile technologies, Internet of Things, machine learning and cloud computing. All of these technologies and systems, however, are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks.

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing fields, and is projected to expand by 28% through 2026*. The number of cybersecurity positions that need to be filled is skyrocketing, and there is a large demand for IT professionals that specialize in cybersecurity who can devise strategies to protect organizational assets from cyberattacks.

* via the Bureau of Labor Statistics



Application Process

  1. A completed admission Application and non-refundable application fee
  2. Graduate Program Advisement with an admission counselor
  3. Official Transcript(s) from a regionally accredited college or university verifying the applicant’s bachelor’s degree. Normally, a grade point average of approximately 3.0 or higher in upper division undergraduate work is expected


Specifically, by completing the certificate program in Cybersecurity, students will be able to assess information security risks and develop and implement solutions to protect organizational systems from cyber threats through offensive and defensive planning and incident response.

Typical positions that students could apply to include:

  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Threat Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Auditor
  • Cybersecurity Risk Manager
  • Cybersecurity Manager
  • Cyberforensics Analyst

Program Completion Time

The certificate can be completed in as little as six months, and is based on a sequence of four 3-unit graduate courses for a total of twelve credits. This requires enrollment for at least two terms, based on 11-week term schedules. The completion time does not account for any pre-requisite courses a student may need. 

Admission Requirements

All students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or higher are eligible to apply. In general, a strong background in the fundamentals of information technology, gained either through academics or work experience, will be required to ensure student success.


Students will be required to take the following course:

Students will also select three courses from the following options:

  • IT 582: Special Topics
  • Cybersecurity internship (IT 590) or IT Project (IT 599), with the approval of the program director

Tuition & Fees

Fall 2023 - Summer 2024
Tuition Alumni: $480 per credit
Non-Alumni: $595 per credit
Technology Fee $60 per term
Application Fee $25 online
$50 paper
Late Registration Fee
for registration submitted after the add/drop deadline
Late Transaction Fee
for employer reimbursement applications
received after the second week of the semester
Transcript Fee $5.00 minimum
Additional fees may apply, refer to the Registrar's site

All fees are subject to change without notice. The University reserves the right to change, delete or add to this pricing schedule as deemed appropriate. Transcripts and diploma will not be released for any student who has an outstanding balance owed to Cal Lutheran.