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Cybersecurity Certificate

Develop as a cybersecurity expert and advance your career.

With new cybersecurity threats emerging every day, there’s never been a greater need for professionals who can anticipate and prevent attacks on sensitive data. This cybersecurity certificate program teaches students to take on the mindset of a hacker so they can always stay one step ahead in maintaining secure systems. Through hands-on training, you will be on your way to earning these industry certifications: CEH, CISM, and CDFE.

Earn a cybersecurity graduate certificate you can put to use in the workforce and apply toward a master of science in cybersecurity.

Completion: 8 months

Schedule: Full-Time | Part-Time

Start Dates: Fall (September) | Spring (January) | Summer (May) 

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Strengthen your professional IT qualifications
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Cybersecurity Certificate Curriculum

Gain practical training that stands out to employers.

Deepen your understanding of the cybersecurity landscape and gain hands-on experience that’s directly applicable to the workforce. Using Fairfield’s fully remote Cybersecurity Lab, students who complete the online cybersecurity certificate will work to resolve real threats affecting organizations.

You’ll also prepare for industry-recognized IT security certifications as part of your coursework.

By earning a cybersecurity graduate certificate, you can develop valuable technical competencies:

  • Information security controls
  • Network and cloud security
  • Data protection

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Courses (12 total credits)

  • Cloud Computing
  • Introduction to Information Security
  • Network Security
  • Applications and Data Security
  • Ethical Hacking

Streamline your path to a degree.

Earning a cybersecurity certificate allows you to apply your credits directly toward a master of science in cybersecurity without repeating any courses.

Enhance your qualifications for an in-demand career.

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Elevate your expertise in real time.

You’ll learn from industry experts and focus on swiftly furthering your technical abilities through hands-on training. This type of practical learning can help you stand out for a career, like an information security analyst, a role where the median annual salary in May 2020 was $103,590, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Immediately progress toward a master’s degree.

Fairfield’s cybersecurity certificate program is designed to apply directly toward a master of science in cybersecurity. This means those who complete the certificate have a streamlined path toward a master’s degree — without having to repeat any courses. This is just one way this structured course sequence from Fairfield University is distinct from other cybersecurity certificate programs.

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Faculty & Academic Approach

Preparing the next generation of cybersecurity experts.

The faculty in Fairfield’s cybersecurity certificate program have decades of experience in the field. Their work has included leading corporate information security teams, engineering web-based and native applications, and investigating international technology information crimes. Benefit from their insights and guidance as you work toward your certificate.

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Mirco Speretta

Mirco Speretta

Dr. Mirco Speretta's early research focused on the creation of user profiles that improve search results. He spent 10 years as a director of technical engineering, acting as a security incident manager for mobile websites and applications.

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Admissions & Aid

Guidance on the path to your cybersecurity certificate.

From your first admissions conversation to program completion, the journey to your cybersecurity graduate certificate is streamlined at Fairfield University. Fairfield also offers personal and academic support services, and faculty take pride in developing one-on-one relationships with students. See what we have to offer.

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Admission requirements

The cybersecurity certificate program at Fairfield University is open to students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Three years of professional experience is also preferred.

  • A completed online application.
  • A non-refundable $65 application fee paid by credit card. (Application fee is waived for current Fairfield students and for anyone who attends an information session.)
  • A professional resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history (submit online).
  • A personal statement.Students should describe why they want to undertake graduate studies in cybersecurity (submit online).
  • The official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

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