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Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate

Cyber attacks are rising at an alarming rate. To fight and protect against them, the need for professionals with Cyber Security certification is also growing. If you have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or a related discipline, a Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate from the University of Central Missouri will strengthen your technical skills — and could lead to various jobs in this exciting field. With this credential, you’ll be better equipped to help create and maintain secure tech systems and environments for organizations. 

Protect cyber domain resources with Cyber Security certification 

UCM’s Cybersecurity graduate certificate can increase your employment potential or amplify your readiness for Cybersecurity graduate programs to earn a master’s degree. The skills you learn will enable you to recognize, combat and prevent cyber attacks on all types of electronic and internet-based equipment and systems. Cybersecurity graduate programs are offered at our Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) in Lee’s Summit — close to Kansas City and convenient for students working full time or unable to commute — and at our main Warrensburg campus.

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All faculty are SANS GIAC Certified

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ABET-accredited Cyber Operations degree

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Prep for CISSP, CSSLP, Security+ Exams

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Highly ranked for affordability


What you will study

Build on your undergraduate degree in Computer Science or a related discipline to master the technical skills needed to protect cyber domain resources. Our graduate Cybersecurity certificate program will teach you how to put counter measures into action against cyber intruders and attackers. You’ll learn the essential cybersecurity tools and techniques you need to defend an organization’s existing tech environment. 

At UCM, you can complete this Cybersecurity graduate certificate in a year while exploring topics such as: 

  • Designing cryptographic algorithms and protocols
  • Developing policies and management to assess and mitigate cybersecurity risks 
  • Scanning for vulnerabilities and achieving information assurance
  • Understanding hacking techniques and how to use them for ethical purposes to protect information
  • Advancing your skills and tools to acquire evidence, counter threats and respond to incidents


Excellence in Cybersecurity 

  • Top 55: Most Affordable Cybersecurity Schools and Colleges in the U.S. by Cyber Degrees Edu.
  • One of the first two programs in Missouri — and one of the few U.S. programs — accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • Awarded Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) Designation by the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, a group of federal agencies assuring the creation of a qualified cybersecurity workforce.


Unique learning opportunities in the Cybersecurity graduate certificate program

As you earn Cyber Security certification at the University of Central Missouri, our low student-faculty ratio and extensive opportunities for professional development give you direct, individualized access to cybersecurity experts and help you build your career network. You’ll gain hands-on experience to help you meet the demands of today’s tech jobs in cybersecurity.

  • State-of-the-art technology: As a graduate student in UCM’s Cybersecurity certificate program, you’ll master your coursework in eight computer labs equipped with the latest technology and software. A major software licensing agreement allows you to download and install state-of-the-art licensed software for free. Gain 24/7 access to the NDG NetLab system for step-by-step instructions on practice sessions and skills mastery.
  • Industry leaders: UCM’s graduate Cybersecurity certificate program features an active alumni network, 20+ faculty, strong partnerships with industry partners and student organizations such as CyberMules. These provide ample opportunities to create lasting relationships for career-building opportunities. Conferences, alumni panel discussions, headquarters tours and guest speakers add to the vibrant mix of choices offered by UCM’s Cybersecurity graduate programs.


What can you do with a Cybersecurity graduate certificate?

The University of Central Missouri can help you prepare for Cybersecurity graduate programs and successful tech careers. You’ll be on the frontlines of an industry dedicated to protecting vital government resources, corporate and nonprofit assets and the health and security of financial institutions. 

Professionals with Cyber Security certification are in high demand

Completing the graduate Cybersecurity certificate program at UCM can help you qualify for a number of IT careers. It will also give you a firm foundation for graduate level studies in the field of cybersecurity.

Use the interactive tool below to gather insights about job outlooks and potential salaries with a Cybersecurity certificate.




Financial assistance options for your Cybersecurity graduate certificate

As a graduate student in the Cyber Security certification program at the University of Central Missouri, you may be eligible to apply for UCM scholarships or awards. One application is all you need to launch an automatic search for ways to help you finance your education.


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Take your degree further.

Continue your studies in Cybersecurity graduate programs by earning a master’s degree at UCM. You can increase your earning potential by specializing in related areas of Cybersecurity.

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Make yourself more marketable.

UCM offers a variety of services and resources that are free to our students. These include multiple ways to connect with potential employers. 

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Explore programs related to Cyber Security certification.

If you’re interested in Cybersecurity graduate programs at UCM, you may also want to explore programs in similar disciplines.

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