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Cybersecurity Technologies Certificate

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This Certificate in Cybersecurity – Specialization in Technologies focuses on understanding security issues with technology configuration and management. Topics include operating system security, network security, secure software development and cryptography.

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Courses offered following the Master of Cybersecurity class schedule. Cohorts begin every fall semester.

Application and document deadline:

  • Fall 2024: Feb. 14, 2023

Fall 2024 Application

Program Details


    Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or equivalent education background
    • Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in a related field may be able to meet prerequisites with equivalent work experience in computer science and will be considered for conditional admission
    • Admission requires a minimum of 3.0 GPA in upper-division computer science courses and at least a 2.5 undergraduate GPA in the last 60 semester units (or last 90 quarter units) attempted
    • One official transcript from each academic institution attended
    • A personal statement describing reasons for pursuing this program
    • Résumé or curriculum vitae
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • No GRE required to apply

    Please note: To be considered for admission you must reside in an approved state.


    Computer science degree or related work experience. 

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    Semester Units* Subtotal**

    Fall Semester 1

     3  $2,475
    Spring Semester 1  $4,950
    Fall Semester 2  $3,300
    Total 13   $10,725

    *Unit rate for this program is $825

    **University semester fees not included. View complete breakdown of Extended Learning fees. Semester tuition subtotals based on sample program sequence. All quoted tuition rates are based on previous academic years and are subject to change without notice.

    Funding and Financial Aid

    • This program is not eligible for financial aid
    • Visit the Extended Learning funding page or call 760-750-4850 to learn more about your funding options
    • Federal VA educational benefits can be used for this program (not eligible for Cal Vet fee waiver)
    • Active duty military, veterans and dependents should visit the military services page or call 760-750-8705

    View course descriptions and specific program requirements on the Cybersecurity - Technologies Certificate of Advanced Study Catalog Page.

    Please note: This program has a set schedule of courses that you are expected to follow as part of your cohort.

    Sample Schedule for Fall Start

    Semester Course (units)
    Fall Semester 1  MCS 511 (3)
    Spring Semester 1 

    MATH 503 (3)

    MCS 510 (3)

    Fall Semester 2 MCS 512 (4)

    Schedule is subject to change.

  • FAQ

    Can these classes count toward the Master of Cybersecurity program?

    Yes! These selected courses are part of CSUSM's fully online Master of Cybersecurity program.

    What services do you offer to active military, veterans and dependents?

    Please visit our military and veteran services page to learn how we can help.

    Who is this program designed for?

    This program is perfect for professionals who cannot commit to a full master's degree at this time, but want real world cyber education and training. Earning these certificates allows you to take graduate-level courses that can be used to complete your Master of Cybersecurity at a later time. 

    The Cybersecurity Technologies certificate is ideal for those who don't want or need to go deeper into governance & policy. The Cybersecurity Management, Risk and Governance certificate is ideal for those who don't want or need to go deeper into technology.  If you're looking to go deeper into both areas, you can apply these certificate courses to CSUSM's fully online Master of Cybersecurity program

Graduate-level courses

The courses that make up this certificate program are part of the Master of Cybersecurity at CSUSM

No GRE required

As an alternative to the GRE, you may submit a resume showing work experience in cybersecurity or technology fields

Fully online

This certificate program is fully online, allowing you the convenience and flexibility to fit this program into your busy schedule

Range of topics

Topics include: crypotography, security in computer networks, secure features in operating systems and development of secure software


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