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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (Cybersecurity)

SIU Cybersecurity Certificate


The post-baccalaureate certificate in cybersecurity enables you to focus on and advance cybersecurity knowledge, skills and abilities in only six courses. Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing field with expected growth for years to come. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for exciting opportunities in the field.

Certificate Program

For more information, contact
ITEC Graduate Program Director
Carbondale, IL 62901

SIU Cybersecurity Student Working on Computer

Bridge Program

Don’t have a computing background? Not a problem! Our online “Bridge Program” will get you up to speed with the foundation courses you’ll need for certification. Some of the courses covered in our bridge program include:

  • ITEC 209 - Introduction to Programming
  • ITEC 216 - Information Security Fundamentals
  • ITEC 224 – Network Fundamentals
  • ITEC 228 - Introduction to Cyber Operations (prerequisite ITEC 216)

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, related field preferred but not required
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7/4.0 in the last two years of Bachelor’s degree

Ready to Apply?

  1. Apply directly to the program by emailing the following items to the Graduate Program Director at
    • Completed Certificate Application Form 
    • Resumeé
    • Unofficial Transcripts
    • Statement of purpose highlighting career and educational goals (one page, single-spaced)
  2. Once accepted into the certificate program, if you are not already enrolled with the graduate school you will need to apply to the SIU Graduate School as a non-declared student. You can apply at

Requirements & Required/Elective Courses

The following are required for admission:

Other Information

  • Cohorts begin each fall.
  • The certificate can be completed in as little as one year (fall, spring, summer) by taking two classes each semester.
  • Certificate programs do not lead to a degree, but all certificate hours can be counted toward a graduate degree program if one with similar requirements is available.
  • Upon completion, the student will receive a printed certificate and the earned certificate will be noted on the student’s transcript.
  • A student may withdraw from the certificate program at any time by sending an email to There is no penalty for withdrawing from a graduate certificate program, but withdrawal from courses in progress must follow the rules of registration for eligibility for a refund, etc.