Cybersecurity Certificate

Online Undergraduate Certificate from an Accredited Leader in Distance Learning


The undergraduate Cybersecurity Certificate from Excelsior College is designed for working adults who want a quick, practical education in cybersecurity.

You'll develop a set of cybersecurity strategies and skills that you can use right away on the job to improve your performance, add new responsibilities, and earn promotions and higher pay.

This 16-credit online cybersecurity program is ideal for working adults. You'll take classes where and when it's convenient for you, in a convenient interactive format. The cybersecurity certificate program provides a solid foundation in core subjects such as:

  • Computer system security
  • Cybersecurity defenses
  • White collar crime
  • Cybercrime and cyberterrorism

Excelsior's undergraduate certificate in cybersecurity is a useful credential on its own—and it can be a first step toward a bachelor's degree, should you choose to pursue one. All the credits from the certificate transfer directly into Excelsior's Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program.

Develop Practical, Career-building Skills in Cybersecurity

A national leader in adult education and distance learning since 1971, Excelsior College specializes in career-building educational programs that combine high quality with flexibility and convenience.

Our student-friendly online format is designed for working adults who need to meet work and family obligations at the same time they're pursuing their education. We also offer budget-friendly tuition and student fees to keep the cybersecurity certificate affordable.

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (Learn more about the MSCHE accreditation programs and specialized accreditations on our accreditation page.)

The undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity is cross-listed between the School of Business & Technology and the School of Liberal Arts. This 16-credit undergraduate certificate comprises introductory courses in cybersecurity technology and fundamental knowledge in cybercrime investigation.

All students will be required to complete the capstone course, CYS 460, at Excelsior College. Approved courses from other institutions may be accepted in transfer for the remaining requirements.

Credits earned for the undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity may transfer into the Bachelor of Science in Business or Information Technology programs from the School of Business & Technology, or the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts with a major in Criminal Justice from the School of Liberal Arts

See the credit requirements in chart form.

Upon successful completion of the Excelsior College undergraduate certificate in Cybersecurity, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain incident response handling, incident coordination, and ethical and legal issues.
  2. Explain the process of building and coordinating a Security Incident Response team and a Product Security team.
  3. Assess security risk and vulnerability of existing and proposed information systems.
  4. Investigate cyber crime and apply best practices for managing attack situations with a Security Incident Response team.
  5. Explain how to build relationships with other Incident Response teams, organizations, and law enforcement to improve incident response effectiveness.

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