Cybersecurity Adv. Cert.

Graduate Admissions Counselor

Philip Bradley

Department Contact

Sumita Mishra, Ph.D.

Online Program Available

This program may be completed online. Visit RIT Online for additional information.

Please contact the admissions counselor below for additional information about applying to the online program.

Matt Stever

Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? Yes
Application Deadline February 15th Priority Deadline, rolling thereafter
Admit Term Fall/Spring
Entrance Exam None
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 88-89
PTE Academic 61


Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

This advanced certificate in cybersecurity provides the fundamental knowledge and expertise in network security and forensics necessary for security in networked environments. Students learn to make computers and networks resistant to attack by closing off vulnerabilities and by monitoring intrusions. The application of forensics allows successful attacks on computer systems to be detected. This involves gathering information on the nature and extent of the attack for presentation in a court of law, as well as assessing the extent of the damage to an organization. Courses taken as part of this certificate can transfer into the MS program in computing security.


Cybersecurity, advanced certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CSEC-744 Network Security 3
CSEC-603 Enterprise Security 3
CSEC-742 Computer System Security 3
CSEC-730 Advanced Computer Forensics 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 12

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the advanced certificate in cybersecurity, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university.
  • Have knowledge of computing networking and system administration, and introductory knowledge of computing security. 
  • Submit transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • While GRE scores are not required, they are strongly recommended for applicants with an undergraduate GPA that is lower than required. Relevant employment experience can strengthen a candidate’s application for admission.

Bridge program

Based on the evaluation of an applicant's academic and relevant experience, the graduate program director may require some applicants to complete a bridge course to fulfill any gaps in the required prerequisites needed for admission to the program. The bridge course, Introduction to Computing Security (CSEC-600), is not part of the 12 credit hours required for the advanced certificate.

Additional information

Study options

This certificate is intended for part-time study; therefore, RIT cannot issue I-20 paperwork. Courses are offered on-campus and online.

Gainful employment

Information regarding costs and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code and occupational profiles for this program can be viewed at

Career Outcomes

The RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education website provides information pertaining to student skills and capabilities, salary data, career information, job outcomes, and contact information for the Career Services Coordinator by program.

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