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Enhance your skills in cybersecurity

Certificate in Cybersecurity

UVM's certificate in Cybersecurity is designed to develop a comprehensive foundation in the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in cybersecurity.

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Program Snapshot

Fall Start Date

August 26, 2024

Fall Application Deadline

August 19, 2024

Learning Format



1 year

VA Benefit Eligible





15 credits


Cybersecurity Matters More than Ever 

The demand for cybersecurity skills is growing in government, private companies, and other organizations such as universities and non-profits.

 Organizational leaders, managers, and IT professionals must be prepared to anticipate the wide-ranging impacts of a cybersecurity breach, understand how to mitigate them and learn to prevent them.

Our certificate helps you develop a comprehensive foundation in the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in cybersecurity. Whether you are new to computer science or interested in adding cybersecurity to your undergraduate degree, this credential is highly sought-after.

Courses are online, and the certificate includes a deliberate selection of foundational computer science courses, including programming, web, and database development, as well as cybersecurity coursework covering both the technical and conceptual aspects of cybersecurity. A reliable computer is essential to complete the coursework.

To learn about all of our tracks offered, including this Cybersecurity track, please see our Computer Software Certificate webpage.Please see the UVM Center for Computer Security and Privacy for more information about additional education and research opportunities in this field.

A flexible, online program you can take from anywhere.

You’ll build a comprehensive foundation of cybersecurity and computer science.

Earn a credential in a highly sought-after area of expertise.


Cybersecurity, Computer Networks and Computer Programming 

All courses are available online. Students must complete five courses or 15 credits (9 required credits, 6 elective credits) with a GPA of 2.0 or above in each course. Each course is 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Required Courses:

  • CS 1080: Introduction to Web Development
  • CS 1210: Computer Programming I
  • CS 2660: Cybersecurity Principles OR CS 266 Network Security and Cryptography

Two electives

  • CIS 1010: Cybersecurity Law and Policy
  • CS 1060: Exploring Cybersecurity
  • CS 2660: Cybersecurity Principles
  • CS 2670: Cybersecurity Defense
  • CS 3660: Network Security and Cryptography
  • CS 3250: Programming Languages
  • CS 3650: Computer Networks

-CS 1080 will not count towards the certificate if taken after CS 2660 or CS 3660. CS 1080 was formerly run as special topics courses CIS 099 and CS 5 Exploring Cybersecurity

-CS 166 will not count toward the certificate if taken after CS 266. CS 2660 was formerly run as special topics courses CIS 196 and CS 195 Applied Cybersecurity I

-CS 2670 was formerly run as special topics courses CIS 196 and CS 195 Applied Cybersecurity II

For additional questions regarding course sequencing, please contact program advisor Jason Hibbeler at Jason.Hibbeler@uvm.edu

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 35 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.The Bureau also reports that the median annual salary for information security analysts is $102,600. This salary is more than double the national median earnings of workers across all industries ($45,760).

  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Cybercrime Analyst
  • Incident and Intrusion Analyst
  • IT Auditor
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Penetration and Vulnerability Tester
  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Architect


For information about Professional and Continuing Education tuition and financial aid, please visit Student Financial Services. Summer tuition is offered at a discounted rate and can be found here.

Students may transfer one course (3 credits) from another institution to be applied to the Certificate.

If a student transfers a course from another institution to be applied to the Certificate, it will not appear on the student’s UVM transcript.

This program can help students improve or advance their career in an IT-related field, enhance their computer science skills to become a valuable employee, receive certification prior to entering or while working toward a degree in Computer Science, or prepare for graduate studies in Computer Science.

The University cannot issue immigration documents for entry to the US for purposes of enrolling in credit courses as a non-degree student, thus you will not be able to complete this program.

The Cybersecurity Certificate courses are available online and on campus.

Once a student completes the Certificate program, they must submit a completion form to receive their Certificate. You can find this form here. Please email Learn@uvm.edu to notify us of your completion.