Cybersecurity Advanced Certificate

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Program Highlights

Gain the essential knowledge and expertise in network security and forensics needed for cybersecurity in enterprise environments. You will learn to make computers and networks resistant to attack by closing off vulnerabilities and by monitoring intrusions. 

You’ll apply forensics to allow successful attacks on computer systems to be detected. You’ll gain practice in 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.

You will begin this program by taking RIT's Cybersecurity MicroMasters® program on edX. Students who successfully complete the MicroMasters program and are admitted to RIT may be awarded credit for the MicroMasters program certificate toward the Cybersecurity Advanced Certificate at RIT. Learn more about how this pathway to credit works and see specific requirements. 


Choose one of the following:

Credits 3
This course is designed to provide students with the advanced concepts needed to establish network security strategies to ensure adequate protection for the corporate environment and yet provide accessibility for the corporate community.
Credits 3
The importance of effective security policies and procedures coupled with experience and practice is emphasized and reinforced through research and practical assignments. Organization and management of security discipline and response to threats is studied. Case studies of effective and failed security planning and implementation will be examined and analyzed. The issues influencing proper and appropriate planning for security and response to attacks will be studied. To be successful in this course students should be knowledgeable in networking, systems, and security technologies.
Credits 3
Computer malware is a computer program with malicious intent. In this course, students will study the history of computer malware, categorizations of malware such as computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, etc. Other topics include, but are not limited to, basic structures and functions of malware, malware delivery mechanism, propagation models, anti-malware software, its methods and applications, reverse engineering techniques. Students will conduct research to understand the current state of the computer malware defense and offense.

A foundation for the MS Computing Security

With your advanced certificate in cybersecurity, the MS Computing Security is within your reach. The 12 credits/four courses will count toward your master’s degree.

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Knowledge of computing networking and system administration and introductory knowledge of computing security 
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit a current resume, personal statement, and one  letter of recommendation
  • Official scores from the GRE are only required for individuals with degrees from international universities
  • A test of English Language aptitude is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English.


The online advanced certificate in cybersecurity requires 12 credits and costs $1,237 per credit hour (Academic Year 2021 – 2022). This tuition reflects the RIT Online discount of 43% off the advanced certificate campus-based program cost. 

Keep in mind that there are many options available that may help you lower your costs including: 

  • Military credit 
  • Support from employers 
  • Private scholarships 
  • Financing 
  • Payment plans

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