• Develop valuable, marketable skills in protecting information, computers and networks against the growing threats of intrusion and disruption.
  • Enter a field with excellent job growth.
  • Certification courses taught by industry professionals.
  • Flexible schedule for working adults.

Jobs in cybersecurity are booming: The federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs in information security will grow by 18% from 2014 to 2024 -- that’s much much faster job growth than in most other occupations. The CUA cybersecurity certificate will give you the technical edge that you need to move into this field, or to advance further in it if you’re already working in cybersecurity.

The Certificate in Cybersecurity and Privacy requires the completion of four three-credit graduate courses, either online or at our campus in the District of Columbia, steps from a Metrorail mass-transit station.

In these courses, practicing professionals will teach you cutting-edge practical skills that you will be able to use immediately in your workplace. The program is designed to meet the needs of full-time working professionals.

You can start the certificate in any semester, and you can take the courses in any order. Our admissions advisers can walk you through the admissions process and can help you assess your technical readiness for the coursework.  Fill out the information request form on the right side of this page so one of our admissions advisers can reach out to you and get the ball rolling!

Certificate requirements

Complete all three of the following:

  • CSC/EE 526/426: Computer and Network Security
  • CSC/EE 569: Computer Security and Privacy
  • CSC/EE 581: Cryptography and Steganography
And complete one of the following:
  • CSC/EE 524: Secure Programming
  • CSC/EE 565: Information Security
  • CSC/EE 536/436: Distributed Computing and Networking
  • ENGR 543/443 Mobile Computing


The Cyber Security and Privacy Program is a collaboration between the School of Engineering and the Metropolitan School of Professesional Studies. Tuition rates follow those of the Metropolitan School (see current rates here). Federal employees receive a 10% scholarship.