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Applied Cybersecurity ,Certificate

Applied Cybersecurity, Certificate

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Applied Cybersecurity, Certificate


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The applied cybersecurity certificate program is designed to build competencies in security operations, risk assessment, network security, and governmental and regulatory compliance in an interdisciplinary learning setting. Building upon core skills that students bring with them from their majors, students practice dealing with cyber threats and resolving issues from multiple perspectives. This certificate is an ideal supplement for students interested in careers in cybersecurity in both the private sector and within government agencies (FBI, Homeland Security, NSA, DOD).

The program is offered through a collaboration between the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and the W. P. Carey School of Business.

At a Glance
Program Requirements

The certificate in applied cybersecurity consists of 15 credit hours; a minimum of 12 upper-division credit hours must be earned at ASU. Six credit hours must be unique and not count towards a student's undergraduate degree. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the certificate must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better. Students must select courses from more than one subject to fulfill certificate requirements.
Students must take CSE 365 or IFT 202 and one course each from groups A, B or C, and D; then one course from Group E for a total of five courses or 15 credit hours. It is recommended that the Group A course be taken concurrently with CSE 365 or IFT 202. The Group B or C and D courses must be taken after successful completion of CSE 365 or IFT 202. Group A through D courses must be completed successfully before enrolling in the Group E required course.
Required Courses -- 3 credit hours
Electives -- 12 credit hours
Group A - Security Operations and Risk Management -- 3 credit hours
Group B - Systems and Network Security OR Group C - Forensics/Cyber Crime -- 3 credit hours
Group D - Policy -- 3 credit hours
Group E - Project -- 3 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment Requirements

To enroll in this certificate program, students should have completed at least 45 credit hours in their declared majors and have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better.

Students should pay attention to the prerequisites needed for required certificate courses and make sure to complete prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in the certificate program.

CSE 365 Information Assurance has prerequisites of ACO 240, CIS 235, CIS 236, CSE 220 or CSE 240.
Prerequisites for ACO 240: ACO 102 or CSE 205, or GIS major with GIS 222, or software engineering graduate student
Prerequisites for CIS 235: CIS 105, 200 or 220; MAT 210, 211, 270 or 271
Prerequisites for CSE 220: CSE 205
Prerequisites for CSE 240: ACO 102 or CSE 205, or GIS major with GIS 222, or software engineering graduate student

IFT 202 Foundations of Information and Computer System Security has prerequisites of IFT 101, IFT 103 and IFT 166.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career Opportunities

The certificate in applied cybersecurity provides a solid background for students interested in the following careers:

  • chief information security officer
  • cyber risk analyst
  • information security engineer
  • network security engineer
  • security operations center analyst
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What are Accelerated Programs?
Accelerated Programs allow students the opportunity to expedite the completion of their degree.

3 year programs

These programs allow students to fast-track their studies after admission and earn a bachelor’s degree in three years or fewer while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students should talk to their academic advisor to get started.

4+1 year programs

These programs allow students to accelerate their studies by combining undergraduate with graduate coursework, which may allow them to earn a bachelor’s and a master's degree in as few as five years (for some programs).

Each program has requirements students must meet to be eligible for consideration. Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students are advised by their academic departments to apply.
What are Concurrent Programs?
Students pursuing concurrent degrees earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. ASU offers students two ways to earn concurrent degrees: by choosing a predetermined combination or creating their own combination. Predetermined combinations have a single admissions application and one easy to follow major map. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor. Either way, concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests.
What are Joint Programs?
Joint programs, or jointly conferred degrees, are offered by more than one college and provide opportunities for students to take advantage of the academic strengths of two academic units. Upon graduation, students are awarded one degree and one diploma conferred by two colleges.

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What are Online Programs?
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What is the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)?
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program in which residents of western states (other than Arizona) may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program.

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