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Cybersecurity (Graduate Certificate)

This online certificate program is designed to train professionals working in computer science and related fields the additional skills needed to manage and secure cyber data. You can complete this certificate in as little as one year by taking two courses in spring semester and two courses in fall semester. These courses can also apply toward ODU's Master of Science in Computer Science.

Cybersecurity (Graduate Certificate)


What is Cybersecurity at ODU like?

This online certificate program is designed to train professionals working in computer science and related fields the additional skills needed to manage and secure cyber data. You can complete this certificate in as little as one year by taking two courses in spring semester and two courses in fall semester. These courses can also apply toward ODU's Master of Science in Computer Science.

Program Highlights

What makes Cybersecurity at ODU unique?

  • Can be completed in one year: 12 credit hours (four courses)

  • Complete as full or part-time student

  • Flexibility to do it online

  • Friendly to non-CS major students


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Computer Systems Analysts



Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.

Information Security Analysts



Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

Database Administrators



Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators



Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.


What are some courses offered in Cybersecurity at ODU?

CS 562:
Cybersecurity Fundamentals

Introduction to networking and the Internet protocol stack; Vulnerable protocols such as HTTP, DNS, and BGP; Overview of wireless communications, vulnerabilities, and security protocols; Introduction to cryptography; Discussion of cyber threats and defenses; Firewalls and IDS/IPS; Kerberos; Transport Layer Security, including certificates; Network Layer Security.

CS 563:
Cryptography for Cybersecurity

This course covers mathematical foundations, including information theory, number theory, factoring, and prime number generation; cryptographic protocols, including basic building blocks and protocols; cryptographic techniques, including key generation and key management, and applications; and cryptographic algorithms--DES, AES, stream ciphers, hash functions, digital signatures, etc. Prerequisites: MATH 162M.

CS 564:
Networked Systems Security

Authentication in cyber systems including password-based, address-based, biometrics-based, and SSO systems; Authorization and accounting in cyber systems; Securing wired and wireless networks; Secured applications including secure e-mail services, secure web services, and secure e-commerce applications; Security and privacy in cloud environments.


What are the requirements to apply for Cybersecurity at ODU?

Students entering the Certificate program in Cybersecurity should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Candidates for the program must at least have a 4-year Bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution. The program requires a student to take four (or 12 credits) courses. Each course has a normal letter grade and a student is expected to obtain a C or better in each course and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Everyone is required to take one required course CS 562. Students can choose any three of the remaining courses of CS 563, 564, 565, 569.

The courses offered under this program may be taken by current ODU students or new students. A student must first apply to the certificate program and be admitted to the program to be eligible to receive the certificate. A student admitted to this program may subsequently apply for MS in CS. If admitted, the courses taken during the certificate program may be considered towards the MS program.

For admission to the Cybersecurity program

Non-Degree Seeking:

Apply online


1. Complete the Graduate Certificate Declaration Form.
2. Form is submitted to Graduate Admissions.
3. Admissions contacts the Certificate Coordinator to seek a review.

4. Certificate Coordinator reviews student information to determine admission into the program (ideally within 1-2 days).

5. Certificate Coordinator sends admission decision to Graduate Admissions.

6. If admitted, certificate program will be placed in the student's DegreeWorks under the drop-down Degree tab.

7. Graduate Admissions notifies student of decision.

8. Certificate Coordinator follows up with student.

Notification of Completion:

Students who finish the requirements of the certificate program should submit the Notification of Completion - Certificate Program Form to the Certificate Coordinator.


Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident

Per Credit:

$ 571


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

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Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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Professor & Chair


Ravi Mukkamala


3300 Engineering & Computational Sciences Bldg., Norfolk, VA, 23529



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Cybersecurity Certificate Program Coordinator


Shuai Hao





Graduate Admissions


1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529

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International Admissions


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