Cybersecurity – Graduate Certificate


Help infrastructure security keep better pace with the growth of information in cyberspace. Learn detection and counter-measure strategies to thwart computer hackers.


Iowa State University faculty have a national reputation for education in computer security. In 1999 the National Security Agency named Iowa State University one of the seven charter Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Education. As a bachelor in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related field, you can increase your technology proficiency and policy issues critical to the security of information infrastructure.

Your position as an information system security specialist in government, the private sector, or educational institutions will be strengthened in several ways. Certification will increase your knowledge about information infrastructure security, expand and develop your engineering abilities, nurture and instill the ethics involved in technology, and help you develop and understand strategy and policy issues.

Several of the courses offer hands-on learning experience where you will be able to perform experiments and use software systems remotely through the internet. The ISU faculty members offering these courses have over a decade of experience in online education and the courses have been designed with online education in mind.

Admission Requirements

Our target audience is students who have a BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a closely related field; or one year of experience in IT and BS.  Admission and application procedures can be found on the Graduate College website .  Students may take up to 9 credits as a non-degree seeking student, so it is possible to begin your studies before formal admittance into the program. GRE not required for IT professionals with 3 + years of IT experience.


Total: 12 Credits

You can receive the certificate in as little as 9 months by taking two courses a semester. You’ll need to get a C in each class in order to apply to the certificate.

  • If you want to continue for a Cybersecurity graduate degree, you will need approval from that degree program. Credits earned for the graduate certificate may also be used to meet degree requirements for the graduate degree if approved by the Program of Study Committee.

Contact Information


Iowa State Online

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