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Advanced Certificate
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Graduate Program Contact Sumita Mishra

Develop the knowledge and expertise you need to protect your organization's computing systems and advance your career. This advanced certificate in cybersecurity provides the fundamental knowledge and expertise in network security and forensics necessary for cybersecurity 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.

RIT has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Education and Research by National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

The curriculum consists of the RITx Cybersecurity MicroMasters® program and one additional online course through RIT Online.

Minimum technical requirements:

  • A modern web browser with Javascript enabled (recent IE, Chrome or Firefox)
  • A desktop or laptop computer with a webcam
  • Minimal network latency to RIT's Main Campus (200ms or less). To test latency, ping or
  • Price

    $1,191 per credit hour (2020-21)

  • Duration

    12 credit hours required

    A student could finish the program in 1 year.

  • Courses
  • Application Requirements

    Applications may be submitted any time during the year. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your intended RIT Online course start date.

    To be considered for admission to the advanced certificate in cybersecurity program, candidates must complete the online application form and fulfill the following 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 two letters of recommendation
    • Official scores from the GRE are 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. RIT accepts TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE exams. Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic exams if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English. These countries include: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British West Indies, Canada, England, Guam, Ireland, Mauritius, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Virgin Islands and Wales.
    • Certain countries are subject to comprehensive embargoes under US Export Controls, which prohibit virtually ALL exports, imports and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization. Learners from Syria, Sudan, North Korea, the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Iran and Cuba may not register for online courses at RIT. Nor may individuals on the United States Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the United States Commerce Department’s table of Deny Orders. By registering for online courses at RIT, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.