Cybercrime Essentials

Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in Cybercrime Essentials presents digital forensics tools and techniques used to detect, recognize, document, and verify cybercrime, cyberterrorism, cyberwarfare, cyberstalking, and cyberbullying. The rapid change in technology and the exponential growth in cybercrime means more skilled professionals are necessary to combat the effects of computer-related malice. This certificate program is intended for undergraduate students who seek to heighten their knowledge of cybercrime without committing to an academic degree program.  

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online certificate program maps to the general objectives of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) certification, and is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Cybercrime detection, investigation, and prevention
  • Tools, techniques, and methods specific to cyber analysts
  • Computer forensics investigation
  • Rules of evidence collection and chain of custody
  • Protection of enterprise information assets
  • Computer security vulnerabilities, issues, and planning methods
  • Cybercrimes and their social, economic, and legal impacts

Coursework in this undergraduate certificate program aligns to the general objectives of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) certification and meets the topical requirements for the Department of Defense Directive 8570.1M Information Assurance Management (IAM) Technical I, Technical II, Technical III, Management I, Management II, and Management III categories. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Appraise the rudiments of cybercrime and computer forensics, and profile the challenges of securing information on the Internet.
  • Assess the process, the techniques, and technologies used by hackers to gain unauthorized access to information systems.
  • Examine the processes, best practices, and techniques to manage and prevent cybercrime.
  • Inspect the strategies and steps to investigate digital evidence in cybercrime.
  • Construct the legal portfolio of digital evidence to support the prosecution of cybercrime.
  • Examine the file structures, formats and technical protocols in storage subsystems encountered in gathering digital evidence.
  • Develop a plan to analyze the processes and practices to seize and secure digital evidence at a crime scene and to collect evidence in both the private and public sectors.
  • Analyze the steps and process used to identify, secure, catalog, and store digital evidence.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.