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Online Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Technology

Offer Protection on the Back End

From the online graduate certificate in Cybersecurity Technology from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, you'll develop the skills to introduce and maintain network protections for organizations across an array of industries. As a result, you'll engage with and understand more deeply the central tenets of providing effective cybersecurity infrastructure planning.

  • Duration: Approximately two semesters
  • Total Credits: 15 (or 18 with CYBR590)
  • Cost-per-Credit: $710

Learn How to Protect Digital Assets

In the online Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Technology, you'll gain the knowledge base to reinforce organizations' networks with effective, comprehensive security strategies. From faculty with real-world experience in the field, you'll engage with topics that include intrusion detection, incident response, and network security as you prepare to enter the field.

Additionally, the online certificate program is designed to help you understand the ins and outs of developing and sustaining an effective security policy. Ultimately, the program will equip you with the skills to protect information resources, identify security vulnerabilities, and plan for potential cyberattacks on networks.

Curriculum

The coursework in the online Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Technology is structured to accommodate students who want a more nuanced introduction to the hard technology skills necessary for success in the field. As a result, you will cover topics that include data privacy, ethical hacking, and network security to give you a more real-world understanding of your responsibilities in the industry.

Prerequisite Course

Students who have not taken a foundational computer networking course and/or lack previous experience in the networking technology field may be required to take CYBR 590 Computer Networking (3 cr.) as part of their program.

Certificate Courses

Certificate Outcomes

In this program, you'll learn how to:

  • Balance business needs and initiatives with an effective security architecture strategy
  • Communicate technical information digestibly to non-technical audiences
  • Identify vulnerabilities in networks and computer systems
  • Apply effective security measures to mitigate potential threats
  • Conduct security control testing to protect sensitive information and data

Launch Your Career in Cybersecurity: Career Outlook

As more employers aim to protect their sensitive information, there has been a palpable rise in the need for trained, qualified cybersecurity professionals in practically every industry. Employers from the private sector to nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies are looking for help securing their data. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security analyst jobs are expected to grow by 31% through 2029. These analysts earn an average salary of $99,730 per year.1

Other positions include:

  • Security Operations Center Manager
  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Data Security Analyst
  • Threat Response Analyst
  • Application Security Engineer

Admission Requirements

To apply for the online graduate certificate in Cybersecurity Technology from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, you can submit an online application, mail a hard copy, or meet with a Saint Mary's enrollment counselor in person. Your application must include the following items:

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • A written statement: Your background and future goals all impact your success with Saint Mary's and inform your education. As you prepare your written statement, think about including previous experiences, education, and your strengths and interests. Share your motivations for earning the online artificial intelligence certification and how it will contribute to your career.
  • Two email and phone references: Please provide contact information for two individuals who can speak to your professional and academic abilities. 
  • A current resume: Include both your educational and professional experience.
  • If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive conditional status in the program at the discretion of the program director.

For more information about the online Cybersecurity Technology graduate certificate, contact us or call 877-308-9954 to speak to an enrollment counselor.

Resources:

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm (visited January 12, 2020).