Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the following program admission requirements in addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School.

By the time of enrollment, prospective students must have obtained a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required to be considered for regular admission. This GPA is higher than the minimum for the Graduate School. An undergraduate GPA below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis for restricted admission. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in college algebra or the equivalent. Graduate coursework also will be taken into consideration.

Applicants must obtain three letters of recommendation. The letters should be from those who are familiar with your professional and/or academic skills. At least one of the letters must be from a current or former college-level instructor. Written letters of recommendation must accompany the downloadable recommendation forms from the Graduate School. These materials should be sent by the letter writer directly to the Cybersecurity program director of either Computer Science or Information Systems.

Applicants must submit official transcripts to the graduate admissions office documenting the baccalaureate degree and all other prior college and graduate-level coursework completed.

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Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity is a six-course (18 credit hours) multidisciplinary program housed in the Graduate School. It is designed to help students from all backgrounds achieve a foundation in information security. It provides students the flexibility to focus on technical and/or managerial aspects of computer, software, network, and information security. With primary courses offered by Computer Science and Information Systems departments, the program also allows students to choose from a range of electives based on student interests. This certificate serves a broad group of managers, technical specialists, and professionals with a bachelor’s degree. A prior background in information security is not required to enter this program.


All students must take three required courses and three electives (at least one elective course must be in Computer Science)

Required Courses
INFSYS 6828Principles of Information Security3
CMP SCI 4730Computer Networks and Communications3
or INFSYS 6836 Management of Data Networks and Security
CMP SCI 5782Advanced Information Security3
or INFSYS 6858 Advanced Cybersecurity Concepts
Choose three of the following (at least one must be a CMP SCI course):9
Computer Forensics
Computer and Network Security
Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
Android Apps: Android Fundamentals
Advanced iOS Apps
Cryptography for Computer Security
Cloud Computing
Security of IoT Systems
Software Assurance
Management of Information Security
Total Hours18

Students may substitute the above courses with other courses upon approval by the graduate program director of either the Computer Science or Information Systems Department. In all cases, 18 hours are needed to complete the Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity.

A maximum of two (2) 4000-level courses can be taken as part of the graduate certificate. A minimum of four courses must be taken in residence at UMSL. Students may not receive both the Undergraduate and the Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity.

For more information, students can contact the program directors at