This graduate certificate offers courses in four key elements of cyber security. It is designed for professionals who work for, or in support of, U.S. federal agencies and provides post-bachelor's academic preparation for students who may not wish to complete a full master's degree program as well as for master's graduates who wish to take the topic-specific courses the certificate provides.

The graduate certificate may be pursued on a full or part-time basis.


Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and have earned a GPA of 3.00 or higher in the last 60 credits.

Students not enrolled in a graduate degree program at Mason should apply for the certificate program through the Office of Graduate Admission. Students already enrolled in a Mason graduate degree program should apply to the department for admission into the certificate program. Admission to the certificate program does not guarantee admission to any MS program.


For policies governing all graduate certificate programs, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Banner Code: EC-CERG-ACBS

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 12

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.


Select twelve credits from any of the following:12
Cyber Security Fundamentals
Cloud Computing Security
Information System Infrastructure Lifecycle Management
Identity and Access Management
Cyber Incident Handling and Response
Cyber Security: Emerging Threats and Countermeasures
Total Credits12