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Undergraduate Certificates

Upskill with Our Cyber Security Certificate Program

Online Undergraduate Cyber Security Certificate Program

Our Undergraduate Cyber Security Certificate Program provides learners with an extensive set of technology skills to help prepare for entry into the field, demonstrate foundational competencies, pursue essential industry certifications and pursue a career pathway in the high-demand world of cyber security.  

Whether learners are new to cyber security or not, this cyber security certificate program provides a specialization pathway by offering foundational cyber-related coursework to help develop essential skills and prepare those interested in securing systems and data and defending organizations from cyberattacks to pursue a broad set of career outcomes.

Elements of this curriculum help you prepare to pursue industry certification opportunities that can validate your knowledge and skills to employers. Once you meet the program requirements, we’ll reimburse you for up to $300 toward the cost of one industry certification exam attempt. Certifications include:

  • 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 Essentials+ -

    A globally recognized certification that confirms an individual's ability to assess the implications of cloud services on business operations.

  • CompTIA Linux+ -

    A certification designed for professionals who 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.

Classes start on July 8, 2024

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

DeVry University’s Cyber Security Certificate Program curriculum is acknowledged and verified as an approved provider by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS).

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
Normal Completion Time
1 year
6 months


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

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

*Minimum completion time does not include breaks and assumes 3 semesters of year-round, full-time enrollment in 7-13 credit hours a semester per 12 month period.
**Normal completion time does not include breaks and assumes 2 semesters of enrollment in 7-13 credit hours per semester per 12 month period.

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 Program covers the following:

Infrastructure Security: Learn the essential skills for implementing infrastructure security, covering topics like identifying vulnerabilities, wireless security, risk assessment, intrusion detection, business continuity, disaster recovery, firewall architecture and cryptography.

Information Systems Security: Understand information security basics, including attack vectors and surfaces, defense strategies, and policies for safeguarding people, data, networks and devices.

Cybersecurity Architecture and Engineering: Develop vital security architecture skills for varied IT environments, including cybersecurity assessment, leading teams in deploying enterprise-wide solutions, and ensuring compliance with organizational policies to bolster resilience against cyber threats.

Ethical Hacking: Explore hacking attacks, defense mechanisms, and black hat hacker tools to better protect applications, systems, and networks, applying this knowledge to analyze security vulnerabilities.

Cyber Security Certificate Program Admissions Requirements

Students must place in MATH062 & BUSN062 or above. To begin program coursework, students must complete transitional studies courses first, if applicable.1

Cyber Security Certificate Program 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 2022—2023 award year, DeVry University assisted students by awarding more than $71 million in student financial assistance2 through partner tuition savings, institutional scholarships and University grants.

2Data is inclusive of all partner tuition savings, institutional scholarships and grants for the period for July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.


Stackable 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. Here 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 Cyber Security Certificate.


These credentials are gained through accessible 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 Cyber Security and Networking3.

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


Job Opportunities in the Cyber Security Field

A cyber security certificate is a great option for anyone looking to break into the tech and cyber security industry for the first time. It may also be a good solution for anyone who currently works in technology and wants to expand their knowledge in cyber security.

Graduates from our Undergraduate Cyber Security Certificate Program may find themselves prepared for entry-level opportunities such as:
  • Computer User Support Specialist:

    Computer user support specialists assist users with technical issues related to hardware, software, networks, and equipment to ensure smooth operation of technology.

  • Computer Network Support Specialist​:

    Test and evaluate existing network systems. Perform regular maintenance to ensure that networks operate correctly. Troubleshoot local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Internet systems.

  • Cybersecurity Analyst:

    Cybersecurity analysts safeguard computer systems, networks, and data by detecting, analyzing, and responding to threats, while also implementing and improving security measures.

  • Cybersecurity Specialist:

    Lead security-related technical projects, such as needs assessment, business risk/benefit analysis, technology vendor selection, and more. Monitor, analyze and report key security performance metrics. Aid in incident response procedures, which include providing input to incident response policies. Manage and maintain security infrastructure and applications.

Program Courses

Cyber Security Courses

Algebra for College Students
Tech Core
Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
Introduction to Operating Systems
Introduction to Programming
Introduction Digital Devices
Introduction to Information Technology & Networking
Introduction to Cloud Computing
Fundamentals of Information Security
Cyber Security
Fundamentals of Infrastructure Security
Cybersecurity Architecture and Engineering
Cybersecurity Career Preparation

+ Choose one below:

Ethical Hacking
Penetration Testing

+ Choose one below:

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

Cyber Security FAQs

What is cyber security?

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.

What can you do with a cyber security certificate?

A cyber security certificate program from DeVry can help prepare you to pursue a career by teaching you basic 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 Cybersecurity and Networking or Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking with a specialization in Cyber Security at DeVry, when you choose to continue your education.3

What kind of jobs can you get with a cyber security certificate?

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

  • Computer Network Support Specialist

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

What are the benefits of cyber security?

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.

How do cyber security programs differ from one another?

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 and systems security while the latter are geared more towards ensuring network functionality.

Why do you need a cyber security certification?

The professional world needs cyber security professionals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that between 2022 and 2032, the industry is expected to grow on a national level by 32%, leading to roughly 16,800 available jobs in the sector every year.4 A cyber security certification is an industry-recognized credential that can help you stand out among other candidates.

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.

An academic certificate such as DeVry’s Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security combined with industry certifications such as those featured from CompTIA, EC-Council, and ISC2 can be a powerful combination for entry-level career seekers as well as those looking to advance their role in the field of cyber security.

Mildred Owens
Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security, 2023
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 helped make it more affordable for me to pursue schooling. 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, 2022 to June 30, 2023.
3At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credits will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied. Future programmatic changes could impact the application of credits to a future program. Refer to the academic catalog for details.
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.