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Cybersecurity is a rising field that has become critical to any organization of any size, both public and private institutions. Essentially any interface connected to a network is in constant danger — from common technological resources such as servers, desktops, network devices and mobile phones to other devices, such as drones, sensors, robots, cars and medical devices. More professionals focused on cybersecurity, with a firm desire to protect sensitive equipment, are needed.
This undergraduate certificate will provide essential training for individuals seeking entry-level positions in cybersecurity, including:
- Individuals seeking entry-level career opportunities in cybersecurity.
- Individuals working in IT or cybersecurity who are seeking career advancement.
- Individuals working in IT or cybersecurity who need to keep their skills up to date or meet professional requirements.
The experienced professors, with a wealth of industry knowledge, develop course content that incorporates hands-on training and the most crucial components of cybersecurity knowledge.
Official nameUndergraduate certificate in cyber security
Program typeUndergraduate certificate
Academic homeCollege of Engineering | Department of Information Technology
Delivery mode100% online
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.
The type of positions for individuals who earn the certificate include:
- Ethical hacker
- Penetration tester
- Security architect
- Security system administrator
- Digital forensics investigator
- Information security analyst
- IT security consultant
Graduates of this program will be qualified for entry-level positions in cybersecurity teams in both private and public institutions. They will be able to design and institute safe policies for companies, and serve in leadership positions for cybersecurity teams as necessary. This certificate will help reinforce current and developing practices for present-day and future cybersecurity professionals to deploy in jobs directly related to networks, database management and computer forensics.
The online undergraduate certificate in cyber security is 100% online: no campus visits required.
Courses are semester-based. Students typically take two classes per semester and finish the program in one year.
Course work includes
- Introduction to problem solving and programming
- Fundamentals of network technology
- Advanced cybersecurity
- Web application development
- Computer network security
- Unix operating systems
- Computer system administration
- Digital forensics
Typical program length1 year
Typical course load2 classes per semester
The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.
Before joining MU, Bazan-Antequera worked as a senior system administrator in industry. During that time he obtained training in Advanced Windows Servers administration in Japan and Computer Networking and Advanced Linux Servers administration in India through long-term scholarships. He has obtained professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco and VMware.
Before joining MU, Fang Wang worked as a senior software engineer in research and development at Ansys Inc. Prior to that, she worked for six years as a senior device modeling and characterization engineer at Motorola Inc. and Freescale Semicondutor Inc. Her research interests include simulation software development, virtual reality/augmented reality applications, mobile app development and image processing.
Aaron graduated from the University of Missouri–Columbia campus in 2015 and began working for the Division of IT as a security analyst shortly thereafter. After obtaining his GSEC and GCFA from the SANS Institute, Aaron began teaching IT2910 for the IT program as an industry professional. He has spoken at a number of security conferences and meetups, including SecKC, the Missouri Governor’s Cybersecurity Summit and the annual MOREnet security conference. Aaron currently serves as the Vice President of the Central Missouri Infragard chapter, a partnership between the private sector and the FBI, and sits on the GIAC Advisory Board.