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Cybersecurity, Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity at Utah Valley University is a post-baccalaureate program for students who wish to complete advanced studies in the field of cybersecurity. This program is designed to provide students with advanced technical and managerial knowledge of cybersecurity, preparing them for senior technical and leadership roles in the field. Coursework includes a balanced approach, combining critical analysis of cybersecurity theory with hands-on education for essential applied cybersecurity techniques and tools.

The program takes two semesters to complete the 18 credits of graduate level courses. Courses include cybersecurity operations, advanced network defense, cybersecurity management, case studies, secure coding, ethical hacking, and the legal and privacy implications of cybersecurity.

 To be successful, students should have a strong background in technology. Students should have completed undergraduate work in a related field or have applicable work experience. For those who do not meet this requirement, select undergraduate courses are available to provide the foundational knowledge needed. Please contact the academic advisor for more information.


Total Program Credits: 18

Matriculation Requirements:  
  1. Application for admission to the program.
  2. Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Information Systems, Information Security, Information Technology, or Computer Science.
  3. 2 years of IT or IT security industry experience (if Bachelor's degree in non-related field).
  4. Completion of undergraduate courses in data communication, programming, and servers.
Discipline Core Requirements: 12 Credits 
  IT 6300 Principles of Cybersecurity  3
  IT 6330 Cybersecurity Operations  3
  IT 6350 Law, Ethics, and Privacy in Cybersecurity 3
  IT 6370 Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment  3
Elective Requirements: 6 Credits 
Choose 6 credits from the following: 6
  IT 6660 Advanced Network Forensics (3.0)  
  IT 6740 Advanced Network Defense and Countermeasures (3.0)  
  IT 6760 Case Studies in Cybersecurity (3.0)  
  IT 6770 Cybersecurity Management (3.0)  
  IT 6780 Secure Coding (3.0)  
  or other departmental approved electives  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 18 credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or above.
  3. Residency hours -- minimum of 5 credit hours through course attendance at UVU.
  4. Courses and project requirements must be finished within a five-year period. No courses will apply toward graduation which are older than five years.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
IT 6300 Principles of Cybersecurity  3
IT 6330 Cybersecurity Operations 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
IT 6350 Law, Ethics, and Privacy in Cybersecurity 3
IT 6740 Advanced Network Defense and Countermeasures 3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: IT 6740 is an elective. Not all electives will be offered 2016-2017.
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
IT 6370 Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment 3
Elective   3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: Elective offered will depend on demand. IT 6660, IT 6760, IT 6770, or IT 6780.
  Degree total: 18

Department

College of Technology & Computing

 
 
Information Systems and Technology Graduate Studies
  • Advisor: Julie Harps
  • Office: CS 635
  • Telephone: 801-863-8403
  • Email: JHarps@uvu.edu
Utah Valley University offers post-baccalaureate programs in Cybersecurity for students who wish to complete advanced studies in the field of cybersecurity. These programs are designed to provide students with advanced technical and managerial knowledge of cybersecurity, preparing them for senior technical and leadership roles in the field. Coursework includes a balanced approach, combining critical analysis of cybersecurity theory with hands-on education for essential applied cybersecurity techniques and tools.
To be successful, students should have a strong background in technology. Students should have completed undergraduate work in a related field or have applicable work experience. For those who do not meet this requirement, select undergraduate courses are available to provide the foundational knowledge needed. Please contact the academic
 Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate program consists of 18 credits of graduate-level courses. The curriculum includes cybersecurity operations, advanced network defense, cybersecurity management, case studies, secure coding, ethical hacking, and the legal and privacy implications of cybersecurity.

 Master of Science in Cybersecurity

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity builds on the curriculum for the Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate and includes 12 additional credits including topics, such as advanced penetration testing, reverse engineering, and advanced network forensics. The program culminates with a capstone project where students showcase their skills and abilities.

Admission Requirements

Potential students must apply for admission into the program. To be accepted, students must have completed a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Information Systems, Information Security, Information Technology, or Computer Science. However, applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree in another field may be admitted to the program if they also have at least two years of IT or cybersecurity industry experience and have completed undergraduate courses in data communication, programming, and servers.

 Cybersecurity Advisory Board

  • Dan Anderson, Consultant, Spectra
  • Vance Checketts, High-Tech COO, EMC2
  • David Glod, VP of Information Security, Mountain America Credit Union
  • Gary Glover, Director of Security Assessments, SecurityMetrics, Inc.
  • Steve Leyba, Service Area Director, Department of Workforce Services
  • Angela Madsen, Operations Manager, Department of Workforce Services 
  • Robert Schroader, President, CEO, Paraben Corporation
  • Justin Searle, Managing Partner, UtiliSec
  • David Winberg, Director, NSA-Utah
Tuition Tables

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

 
 

Faculty

Basil Hamdan(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty

Department: Information Systems & Technology Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.A., Accounting, M.B.A., MIS, East Carolina University; Ph.D., Information Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Robert Jorgensen(2013)

Sr. Professional In Residence

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty

Department: Information Systems & Technology Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.S., Integrated Studies, Utah Valley University; M.S., Information Systems, University of Utah.

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Careers

Cyber security is a critical part of our digitally connected lives. From the public sector to private industry, organizations are seeking cyber security professionals to protect their critical data. In addition to cyber security specialists, there is a demand for other technology and business leaders to have a solid understand of the principles and application of cyber security.

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