Cybersecurity

Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in Cybersecurity examines the digital forensics tools, techniques, and methods used by cyber analysts to detect cybercrime, cyber terrorism, cyber war, cyberstalking, and cyberbullying. This online program offers both introductory and advanced forensic science courses, along with an understanding of the social and legal impacts of cyber terrorism and cyber bullying. Cybersecurity experts are needed to keep systems and sensitive information secure and out of the hands of cyber criminals in government and the public safety sectors, as well as commercial industries.

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:

  • Information security issues and laws, including key conflicts
  • Digital forensics tools, technologies, and methods
  • Cybercrime detection, vulnerabilities, and investigation
  • Social, economic, and legal impacts of cybercrime
  • Cybersecurity practices, attacks, and incident responses
  • Network traffic and corporate espionage
  • Cyber laws and privacy in the digital age

This certificate program is intended for undergraduate students who seek to heighten their knowledge of cybersecurity without committing to an academic degree program. 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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes and goals of cyber forensics investigations.
  • Assess and select federal and state laws and legal concepts that affect how governments and organizations think about information security.
  • Support the importance of search warrants and chain of custody in a forensic investigation.
  • Apply the field of cybersecurity and the regulatory standards and compliances.
  • Gain the foundational knowledge and technologies needed to detect, investigate, and prevent computer-related crimes.

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.