Cybersecurity Undergraduate Certificate

Certificate Requirements

The Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity is a six-course (18 credit hours) interdisciplinary studies program. 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 or without a bachelor’s degree. A prior background in information security is not required to enter this program. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission.


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

Required Courses
INFSYS 3848Introduction to Information Security3
CMP SCI 4730Computer Networks and Communications3
or INFSYS 3842 Data Networks and Security
CMP SCI 4782Information Security3
or INFSYS 3858 Advanced Security and Information Systems
Choose three of the following (at least one must be a CMP SCI course):9
Cyber Threats and Defense
Software Security
Introduction to Android Apps: Android Fundamentals
iOS Apps
Computer Forensics
Introduction to Cryptography for Computer Security
Introduction to Cloud Computing
Computer and Network Security
Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
Introduction to Security of IoT Systems
Secure Software Development
Information Security Risk Management and Business Continuity
Total Hours18

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