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Do More with a Cybersecurity Certificate
Did you know that the demand for cybersecurity professionals is so high that there is a zero percent unemployment rate in the field? The cybersecurity industry is exploding for a host of reasons. Cybersecurity is one of two of the top biggest concerns facing corporate boards. The cybersecurity job outlook in 2022 and beyond couldn’t be brighter. Technology is developing at a rapid pace, and the need to keep that technology, intel, and data safe will only increase as innovation progresses.
Cybersecurity Certificate will unlock many career paths
A certificate in cybersecurity is an option for anyone who currently works in the tech field and wants to expand their knowledge in the cybersecurity niche. It may also be a great solution for someone who is looking to break into the industry for the first time, but may not have time to complete a bachelor’s degree program.
The online Cybersecurity Certificate program, offered by the College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture, in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Central State University, is your gateway to develop the essential skills needed to be a strategic data defender capable of protecting an organization from highly disruptive cyberattacks. Central State's online Cybersecurity Certificate program offers you stackable credentials to go on to pursue higher-level degrees and certifications.
Graduates with our Certificate in Cybersecurity may find themselves prepared for professional entry-level opportunities such as:
Digital forensic analysts
Intrusion detection experts
IT Security Manager
Network Systems Administrator
Cyber Network Defender
Information Security Analyst
Cybersecurity Certificate courses include:
Cybersecurity I: Learn first-hand cybersecurity fundamentals. Introduction to the field of cybersecurity, network, and internet architecture. Study technologies, security protocols, policies, and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs, and data from attacks. Understand and research computer viruses and other vulnerabilities, and cyberattacks and the techniques for identifying, detecting and defending against cybersecurity threats.
Cybersecurity II: Gain knowledge in contemporary security technologies and issues, infrastructure security management processes, risk analysis, security planning, analysis and safeguards, industrial espionage, cyber terrorism, information warfare, security policies, contingency planning, incidence handling, and response, and security standards.
Cybersecurity Program Courses
CPS1000 Ethics in Computer Science (1 credit)
CPS1191 Computer Science I (4 credits)
CPS1192 Computer Science II (4 credits)
CPS2215 Internet Web Essentials (3 credits)
CPS2300 Cybersecurity I (3 credits)
CPS3316 Computer Networks (3 credits)
CPS3300 Cybersecurity II (3 credits)
CPS3320 Database Systems (3 credits)
CPS4895 Senior Project (3 credits)
CRJ2210 Intro to Criminal Justice (3 credits)
Courses within our curriculum may also help you prepare to pursue industry-relevant cybersecurity certifications like:
- CompTIA A+ - A certification gained after passing two exams designed by IT professionals. This certification focuses on troubleshooting, hardware, operating systems and networks.
- CompTIA Cloud+ - A globally recognized certification that confirms an individual’s ability to troubleshoot, set up and manage cloud computing systems in a secure fashion.
- CompTIA LINUX+ - A certification designed for professionals that use the Linux operating system to manage networks and devices. This is particularly useful for carefully managing each aspect of a system or network.
Cybersecurity Admissions Requirements
High School GPA 3.25 and passing grade in a College-level mathematics course, such as College Algebra or above, or 3.0 cumulative college-level GPA from an accredited institution.
Cybersecurity Certificate and Financial Aid
Our commitment to educational affordability is one of the many ways we strive to help you pursue your Cybersecurity Certificate. Central State also offers "100% textbook free using Open Educational Resources" for this program. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. We will put you in touch with a financial aid advisor who can answer your questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Online courses aren't defined as has how many hours per week but how many contact hours and it is standard practice to have students log in every day.
Cybersecurity related professionals are in a huge-demand. You can find the job advertisements on popular job sites.
This certification is 100%.
Yes, we recently received the approval for the certificate program from the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
Yes, however an instructor may set a deadline for certain sessions.
The online modules are self-paced, but you can always contact your instructors for additional help in the course material.
The certificate program is built upon a strong computer science background. All the computer science courses can be transferred towards a BSc degree in Computer Science at Central State University.
$9,200 for full-time attendance. Students attending part-time will pay a $415 per credit hour cost. Tuition fees are approximate and may change. Visit Schedule of Fees for up-to-date information.
Tuition fees are approximate and may change. Visit Schedule of Fees for up-to-date information.
No, however, programing experience is a plus.
Now. You can start enrolling in the spring 2022 semester.
You need a computer.
Yes. As a CSU student, you have Free access to Career Services at Central State University for any job placement assistance. The Career Services organizes on-campus career fairs regularly.
You can download a copy of the catalog at the link, Registrar - Central State University.
Central State University offers the most affordable online cybersecurity certificate program. More importantly, we use Open Educational Resource (OER) textbooks, which means your textbooks are Free! This helps to reduce the cost further.
There are no fees for the books. Central State also offers “100% textbook free using Open Educational Resources.