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Why ODU for Cybersecurity?

This online certificate program teaches professionals working in computer science and related fields the additional skills needed to manage and secure cyber data.

You can complete this certificate in as little as one year by taking two courses in spring semester and two courses in fall semester. These courses can also apply toward ODU's Master of Science in Computer Science.

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Ranked #23

Best Online Cyber Security Certificate Programs, 2019 - CyberDegrees.org

Required Courses

  • 12 credit hours:
    • CS 562 - Cybersecurity Fundamentals
    • CS 563 - Cryptography for Cybersecurity
    • CS 564 - Networked Systems Security
    • CS 565 - Information Assurance

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Many classes don't have a scheduled meeting time, so you can fit class into your personal schedule. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$547 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2019 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

Bright Outlook

Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 32 percent from 2018 to 2028.
— Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Oct. 2019

Careers in Cybersecurity

Credentials in cybersecurity can help you in positions like the ones below.

Note: earning a degree from ODU does not guarantee employment in the positions listed above. Explore more career information on our Career Coach website.

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How to Apply

To apply for this certificate program, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution with a computer science-related major. You'll need to be accepted into ODU as a non-degree graduate student before and apply to the certificate program with the department.

If you decide to pursue a Master of Science in Computer Science at ODU and are admitted into that program, courses from this certificate may also apply towards that degree.

Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.