Cybersecurity lab
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Cybersecurity provides essential protection for the computer systems and networks that have become essential to society. A single security breach can threaten the operations of business and government — or expose the passwords, financial data, and private personal information of millions of people. The need for cybersecurity expertise has never been greater, as organizations struggle to maintain safe, secure data and mitigate risks.

Oregon State’s undergraduate certificate in cybersecurity enables students to understand common threats to system security, assess security requirements, implement secure solutions to counter threats, and evaluate, identify, and address system weaknesses.

Whether you’re on the front lines of cybersecurity in your current job or interested in moving into expanding your professional opportunities in cybersecurity, this certificate will put you on the fast-track to a fulfilling and lucrative position in a fast-moving and challenging field.

Undergraduate Information

As a student in this program, you will take six required courses online via OSU Ecampus or in-person at the Corvallis campus. These courses provide an introduction to network and application security, malware, cryptography, forensics, and information security governance.

In addition, you will also select one elective that provides an opportunity for applying concepts from cybersecurity: Choices include information systems, cloud development, mobile app development, machine learning and data mining, parallel programming, and open source development.

This program requires 27 credits, including one elective. For details, refer to the Online Program Catalog.

You must meet the following prerequisites prior to enrolling in certificate courses.

  • Grades of C or higher in the following courses:
    • CS 261 Data Structures
    • CS 340 Introduction to Databases
    • CS 344 Operating Systems I
    • CS 372 Introduction to Computer Networks

Contact one of our advisors, who will verify that you meet the prerequisites prior to enrolling you in the program.

Current OSU students

Lizbeth Marquez, (541) 737-5564

Non-OSU students

Renee Marshall, (503) 273-4329

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We want to connect you with the information you need most. Request information about the cybersecurity program, available 100% online. Selected courses are also available at the Corvallis campus. We’ll help you learn more about the program, what it’s like to learn online from top-ranked OSU Ecampus and answer questions about the admission process.