Graduate Certificate: Cyber Security and Defense

The certificate program in cyber security and defense prepares computer science professionals to identify, analyze and mitigate technical cybersecurity related vulnerabilities, exploits and attacks against network and critical cyber infrastructure. The coursework emphasizes practical technical skills, analysis and research focused on current cybersecurity issues.

Certificate Objectives

This certificate program focuses on both the technical and analytical aspects of advanced cyber security and defense. 

Graduates of this certificate program will:

  • learn how to mitigate known cyber-related attacks against multiple network and infrastructure devices
  • learn how to design secure solutions, analyze new cyber-attacks and provide solutions that balance risk, security, privacy, cost, and operations

Each course in this certificate program provides project-based opportunities to extend technical skills in programming, network, operating system, infrastructure design and analysis as well as understanding prevention of cybersecurity breaches and incidents.

Certificate Eligibility

A bachelor of science or equivalent in computer science is ideal. Applicants with bachelor of science degrees in areas other than computer science will be individually evaluated for adequate knowledge in programming, algorithms and system design, and may be assigned additional courses to take as part of the certificate program to address deficiencies in background. 

Students currently enrolled in the CU Denver bachelor of science in computer science program are eligible for this certificate with the recommendation of their advisor.

Process to Attain Certificate Objectives

Students need to complete a sequence of four separate graduate-level courses:

  • CSCI 5742 - Cybersecurity Programming and Analysis
  • CSCI 5743 - Cyber and Infrastructure Defense

Two of the following: (depending on student background)

  • CSCI 5573 Operating Systems
  • CSCI 5765 Computer Networks
  • CSCI 5799 Cloud Computing

Students must take and pass each course with a grade of B- or better and earn a GPA of at least 3.0 to obtain the Cyber Security and Defense Certificate.

Course Objectives (pdf)