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Online Cybersecurity Certificate

The online graduate certificate in Cybersecurity is designed for advanced computer professionals who wish to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the fast-changing field of cybersecurity.

Offered by the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville, this certificate prepares you to monitor and identify instances of cybercrime, and respond to increasingly more sophisticated attacks against the nation's information infrastructure. The 4 course (12 credit hour) program was developed as part of the University of Louisville’s Cyber Security Initiative, which strives to deliver more educated and informed computer science and engineering professionals to the industry.


Complete this certificate on your own time through fully online classes.

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Take only 4 courses to expand your expertise and earn your certificate.

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Earn a valuable credential in less than 12 months!

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The University of Louisville is an NSA/DHS National CAE-CDE in Cyber Defense Designated Institution, providing specialized education and academic excellence in cyber defense.

Learn more at NSA/CSS National Centers of Academic Excellence.

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How Much Will I Pay?

$764 per credit hour
$250 per credit hour active-duty

Tuition & Aid    

Students only enrolled in a non-degree certificate program are not eligible to receive federal aid. UofL students must be enrolled in a degree-granting program in conjunction with the certificate program to receive federal aid.


  • Enrich your expertise in relevant and timely cybersecurity areas like information security, data mining, mobile computing and more.
  • Gain the skills needed to grow or start your career as a cybersecurity professional.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online classes.
  • Skip the GRE – not required for admission into the certificate program.
  • Roll your certificate credits (12 hours) into UofL’s online Master of Science in Computer Science.


Big data is definitely here, and in a world continuously plagued by threats to our expanding databases, cybersecurity professionals are more essential to keeping our information secure than ever before—with jobs expected to grow 28% over the next decade (bls.gov). Graduates of this program can apply their knowledge to various careers in areas like network security, risk auditing or management, software security engineering, penetration testing, information security analysis, information forensics, cyber threat intelligence and more.

Application Deadline Term Start Date
July 1 Fall August
December 1 Spring January
April 1 Summer May

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete graduate application
  2. Submit $40 non-refundable application free
  3. Submit official transcripts certifying an undergraduate degree earned from a regionally-accredited institution

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Completion of required prerequisites (credits equivalent to CECS 130, CECS 310, and CECS 503 courses) or documentation demonstrating sufficient and relevant practical knowledge

Send all materials to:
Graduate Admissions
University of Louisville
2211 S. Brook Street
Louisville, KY 40292

International Students – Additional Notes/Requirements

  • Bachelor's degrees earned internationally must be assessed to ensure that entrance requirements are met.
  • If you live outside of the United States and intend to complete an online academic program from your home country, be sure to view special requirements for international students.
  • A total TOEFL score of 80 or higher or an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or higher for all foreign students from counties in which English is not the native language.
  • International students will not be issued a U.S. visa if admitted to the online structural transportation certificate program, since there are no campus attendance requirements.

The online graduate Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity is a 12 credit hour program that requires 2 core courses and 2 courses of approved electives.

Core Courses

Course [required] Hours
CECS 564 Introduction to Cryptography
or CECS 568 Computer Forensics
CECS 566 Information Security 3
Total Required Hours 6

Electives Courses

Course [choose 2] Hours
CECS 613 Network Security 3
CECS 617 Mobile Computing 3
CECS 631 Database Security 3
CECS 632 Data Mining 3
CECS 694 Special Topics Courses: Department Approval Required 3
Total Required Hours 6

Students starting in this program will need to have sufficient background to be successful. Therefore, you must have completed the required course prerequisites, or have equivalent knowledge from courses taken at other universities, or from work experience. Prerequisites include CECS 130, CECS 310 and CECS 503, or equivalent.

Course Descriptions

CECS 564 Introduction to Cryptography
This course gives a historical introduction to cryptology and the science of secret codes. The first part covers substitution ciphers, transposition codes, Vigenere cipher and more complex polyalphabetic substitutions including those created by rotor machines. The second part describes bit block cipher schemes such as Data Encryption Standard (DES). Public key encryption is the subject of the final part including RSA, Knapsack codes, and Diffie-Hellman key exchange.

CECS 568 Computer Forensics
Course examines legal, legal, administrative, technical and scientific issues in computer forensics, network forensics, information security and trusted systems. Course requires class participation, lab work, team projects, writing and oral presentations.

CECS 613 Network Security
This course provides basic knowledge and understanding of network security and vulnerability. The course also examines the internal mechanisms of various attacks and possible protection. Class participation, lab work, team projects, writing, and oral presentations will be integral components of the course.

CECS 617 Mobile Computing
Mobile communication and computing concepts, and related software development. Internal mechanisms by which mobile communication networks provide data transfer service for attached devices. Architecture of ad hoc networks and related protocols.

CECS 631 Database Security
This course covers basic issues in the field Security for database systems. Topics include Security Architecture, Administration of Users and Password Policies, Database Application Security Models, Virtual Private Databases and Label Based Access Control, Database Auditing Models, and Application Data Auditing. The course contributes to the following ABET goals: written communication, and contains heavy coverage of the following ABET goals: Knowledge of contemporary issues in the field of computer engineering and computer science. The understanding of professional and ethical responsibility in the field of computer engineering and computer science.

CECS 632 Data Mining
Data mining concepts, methodologies, and techniques, including statistical and fuzzy inference, cluster analysis, artificial neural networks, and genetic algorithms, rule association and decision trees, N-dimensional visualization, Web and text mining, and advanced topics.

Learn from the best!

The faculty at the University of Louisville are leaders in the field of Data Science, Data Warehousing and Data Analysis. Their expertise spans the use of text, web, numerical and image data bases. They have worked in application areas such as medical, e-commerce, security, military, institutional and financial research. Our faculty have authored or contributed to textbooks and professional publications and have received research awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DoD).