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Undergraduate Certificates

Upskill with Our Cyber Security Certificate Program

Online Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security

As the digital world expands, maintaining cybersecurity becomes ever more critical to businesses and their customers. At DeVry University our 100% online Cyber Security Certificate program can help prepare you to become a cyber defender, securing sensitive data and protecting organizations against data breaches.

If you enjoy all things tech, completing an online cyber security certificate program can help you develop fundamental cyber security skills for combating cybercrime. The courses in this program will teach you how to design strategies to protect information, infrastructure and brands against the threat of cyberattacks.

Courses within our curriculum may also help you prepare to pursue industry-relevant cyber security certifications like:

  • CompTIA A+ - 

    A certification gained after passing two exams designed by IT professionals. This certification focuses on troubleshooting, hardware, operating systems and networks.

  • CompTIA Cloud+ -

    A globally recognized certification that confirms an individual's ability to troubleshoot, set up and manage cloud computing systems in a secure fashion.

  • CompTIA LINUX+ -

    A certification designed for professionals that use the Linux operating system to manage networks and devices. This is particularly useful for carefully managing each aspect of a system or network.

  • CompTIA NETWORK+ -

    This certification verifies a recipient's knowledge of emerging technologies such as the cloud. It is recommended for IT and cybersecurity professionals who wish to remain on the cutting edge of network developments.

  • CompTIA PenTest+ -

    Cyber security professionals might consider pursuing this certification to confirm that they can monitor the vulnerability of networks. It focuses on verifying offensive capabilities that you can use to test the security level of existing networks and data archives.

  • CompTIA Security+ -

    This certification and exam confirm a recipient's possession of the skills needed to perform basic cyber security functions.

  • EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker – 

    This certification indicates that the holder knows how to look for and identify weaknesses in networks and computer systems.

  • EC Council Certified Network Defender –

    This certification is designed to verify an individual's ability to create secure networks that are protected from a variety of threats.

Whether you’re looking to advance in your current cybersecurity role, or you’d like to venture into a new career path, it all starts with a simple conversation.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

100% Online Cyber Security Certificate classes start every 8 weeks.

Quick Facts
How long is the Cyber Security Certificate Program?
  • 14 courses

  • 40 minimum credit hours

  • Can be completed in as little as 1 year and 2 months with an accelerated schedule* or 1 year and 6 months with a normal schedule** —or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters, enrollment in 9-12 credit hours per semester and continuous, year-round enrollment with no breaks.
**Per 12-month period, assumes completion of 2 semesters and enrollment in 8-13 credit hours per semester.

Scholars Program

Future Cyber Defenders Scholars Program

Take your ambition to the next level with a cybersecurity scholars program that helps you build your network, boost your skills and pursue the career you want. 

Minimum Completion Time*
1 year
2 months
OR
Normal Completion Time
1 year
6 months

ACCELERATE AT YOUR PACE

Choose the schedule that best fits your goals and commitments. You can earn your Undergraduate Certificate in as few as  1 year 2 months*.

Or, follow a normal schedule and complete your program in 1 year 6 months.**

*Minimum time to complete is per 12 month period, does not include breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment. ** Normal time to complete is per 12 month period, does not include breaks, assumes 2 semesters of full-time enrollment.

Knowledge & Skills

Online Cyber Security Certificate Program - What You Can Learn

This program helps you develop the essential skills needed to be a strategic data defender capable of protecting an organization from highly disruptive cyberattacks. DeVry’s Online Cyber Security Certificate covers the following:

Strategies to Safeguard Networks and Systems

Learn about assessing threats, developing countermeasures, protecting information and designing security processes and performing audits used to verify compliance with policies and procedures.

Information Assurance Policies

Learn the measures that protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity and confidentiality using principles of authentication and non-repudiation.

Ethical Hacking As a Means of Selecting and Systematically Investigating Systems

Gain knowledge and skills related to activities behind hacking attacks and countermeasures. Learn to build defense mechanisms to protect applications, systems and networks from hackers.

Small Enterprise Networks

Produce, secure, operate and troubleshoot small enterprise networks by gaining an understanding of the underlying technology of networks and the internet.

OS Concepts

Install and configure operating systems using Command Line Interface (CLI).

Cyber Security Admissions Requirements

Students must place in MATH062 & ENGL062 or above. To begin program coursework, students must complete transitional studies courses first, if applicable.1

Cyber Security Certificate and Financial Aid

Our commitment to educational affordability is one of the many ways we strive to help you pursue your Cyber Security Certificate. During the 2020-2021 award year, DeVry University has assisted students by awarding  more than $57 Million in student financial assistance2 through partner tuition savings, institutional scholarships and university grants.

DeVry University’s Cyber Security curriculum is acknowledged and verified as an approved provider by NICCS.

Embedded Programs

Build Skills With Stackable Degrees

Earn a Credential at Every Step

You don’t need to wait four years to add a credential to your resume.  At DeVry, many programs are designed to stack — allowing you to work towards your education goals at your own pace. Start with a shorter credential that takes less time, such as an Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security.

These credentials are gained through flexible online and on-site classes that help you build your professional skills right away. Best of all, every course counts toward the next degree level.3

How Do Credentials Stack?

Our online Cyber Security Certificate program can serve as a building block to our Associate Degree in Cybersecurity and Networking. When you complete the associate, all courses are designed to stack into our Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking with a specialization in Cyber Security.*

*The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.

Bachelor's
+58
Credit Hours Remaining
120
Total
Associate
+22
Credit hours remaining
62
Total
Certificate
40
Credit Hours
Career

Job Opportunities in the Cyber Security Field

More and more, people are rethinking the way they go about their education and career planning. Many times, an undergraduate certificate can be a way to kick-start your future in cyber security.

A certificate in cyber security is an option for anyone who currently works in the tech field and wants to expand their knowledge in the cyber security niche. It may  also be a great solution for someone who is looking to break into the industry for the first time, but may not have time to complete a bachelor's degree program.

Graduates with our Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security may find themselves prepared for entry-level opportunities such as:
  • Computer Network Support Specialist​

  • Computer User Support Specialist

    A computer user support specialist, also known as help desk support specialists or technicians, will work directly with individual employees to assist with computer problems. They specialize in translating jargon into simpler terms to diagnose a computer problem since most of the people they encounter do not have a background in IT. A cyber security certificate and background is valuable for this position as many people lack a complete understanding of how to protect their data in this ever-changing technology landscape.

  • Cyber Security Specialist

    A cyber security specialist handles a variety of security-related tasks. Some of these tasks are:

    • Analyzing risks and developing protective strategies

    • Monitoring for and responding to security breaches

    • Installing and maintaining firewall, encryption software and other defensive measures

    • Simulating attacks to detect vulnerabilities
      This is a broad title that is used less often today as security roles have become more specialized, however, smaller organizations may hire a cyber security specialist as a sort of "all-in-one" professional.

  • Information Security Specialist​

  • Information Security Analyst*

    Information security analysts are a first line of defense in protecting an organization’s data. They ensure that information is kept confidential, accurate and available through a combination of policies, procedures and technical measures. People in this profession are responsible for analyzing the flow of data and identifying weaknesses where breaches could occur. Once a breach point has been identified, it can be rectified prior to a network intrusion.

*Employment in this occupation may require years of relevant experience

Program Courses

Cyber Security Courses

Mathematics
MATH114
Algebra for College Students
Tech Core
CEIS101C
Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
CEIS106
Introduction to Operating Systems
CEIS110
Introduction to Programming
CEIS114
Introduction Digital Devices
NETW191
Introduction to Information Technology & Networking
NETW211
Fundamentals of Cloud Computing
SEC285
Fundamentals of Information Security
Cyber Security
SEC290
Fundamentals of Infrastructure Security
SEC395
Cybersecurity Architecture and Engineering
SEC399
Cybersecurity Career Preparation


+ Choose one below:

SEC311
Ethical Hacking
SEC322
Penetration Testing


+ Choose one below:

SEC305
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
SEC340
Business Continuity
SEC380
Cloud Computing Security
Career Preparation
CEIS298
Introduction to Technical Project Management

Cyber Security FAQs

Cyber security, also known as computer security or information technology security, is the set of practices and processes put in place for the protection of computer systems and networks. It protects institutions from the theft of or damage to their hardware, software or electronic data as well as any disruption or misdirection of services. While cyber security has always been important, the highly online nature of business in the modern era has made it a necessity.

A cyber security certificate from DeVry can help prepare you for a career by teaching you technology skills and cyber security standards through hands-on experience. It’s a great way to show your current and future employers that you have the knowledge you need to effectively complete relevant job tasks in applicable entry-level cyber security roles.

When you earn your Cyber Security Undergraduate Certificate, all courses you complete in the program apply to your Associate Degree in Cybersecurity and Networking. When you complete the associate, all courses are designed to stack into our Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking with a specialization in Cyber Security at DeVry, should you choose to continue your education.

Graduates of DeVry’s cyber security undergraduate certificate program may consider, but are not limited to, the following careers:

  • Cyber Security Analyst

  • Cyber Security Specialist

  • Cyber Security Technician

  • Computer User Support Specialist

  • Network Systems Administrator

In today's interconnected world, companies need their services and networks to be secure. A cyber security specialist is critical for many companies. Those who show that they have the expertise needed, along with the ability to adapt to changing standards, can help provide value to their organizations.

By guarding networks and systems against viruses, spyware and other unwanted programs, cyber security protects businesses and their information. This improves the privacy and security of any persons included in the data being managed and increases stakeholder confidence in the institution being protected.

Cyber security programs may focus on different specialties depending on the program itself. Some focus more intently on hardware security and best practices for employees. Others may specifically touch on network security and data breach prevention. It's also important to note that, while similar, cyber security programs are distinct from information technology (IT) programs. The former are far more concerned with data security while the latter are geared more towards ensuring network functionality.

The professional world needs cyber security professionals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that between 2020 and 2030, the industry is expected to grow by 33%, leading to roughly 47,100 jobs in the sector.4 A cyber security certification is an industry-recognized credential that can help you stand out among other candidates.

Mildred Owens
Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security, 2023
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"I can't be grateful enough, I love DeVry! I love my professors! I love the way my class opened my perspective about life a whole lot wider just from my math class. DeVry's career pathway is so motivating that I feel I have a clearer direction towards the future. I am so blessed too with how DeVry made it possible for me to pursue schooling, financially. Without the current payment plan, I would not have been able to start. I love the curriculum. It is fast paced but so far so good. I appreciate having a Career Services Advisor."
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1Transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
2Data is inclusive of all partner tuition savings, institutional scholarships and grants for the period for July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
3 At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.
**The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.
4Growth projected on a national level. Local growth will vary by location. BLS projections are not specific to DeVry University students or graduates and may include earners at all stages of their career and not just entry level.