Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.
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About the Program
The graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity from ACU Online is designed for a professional who holds an undergraduate degree and is already working in IT or for someone looking for the skills and knowledge to help them break into this booming profession.
All the Details on Your Degree
Our certificate courses are industry-aligned, equipping students to be high-performers. The curriculum can help you prepare for the following certifications:
- CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+)
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
You’re one step closer to a master’s degree.
Want to expand your skills in cybersecurity and information technology? Our certificate’s credit hours are stackable toward ACU’s online Master of Science in Information Technology degree. It’s a great option if you plan on applying for the master’s program at a later time. Simply complete the certificate program, and ACU will seamlessly apply your 15 credit hours toward your master’s. Earn both the graduate certificate and master’s degree in approximately two years.
9 month timeframe
Information Assurance and Control
Risk Management and Compliance
Incident Management and Response
Upcoming Start Dates
August 22, 2023
January 16, 2024
Common Job Titles
Information Assurance/Security Specialist
Information Security Analyst
Information Assurance Officer
Information Systems Security Manager
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Joe Feliciano is the Program Director for the Certificate in Cybersecurity, Master of Science in Information Technology, and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Administration programs. He received his doctorate from Pace University in New York. His master’s degree in Information Systems is from Long Island University, and his undergraduate work was completed at Hawaii Pacific University in Business Administration.
After leaving the U.S. Air Force in 1995, he began to work on Windows Servers, PCs, and Mainframe Systems for manufacturing, health care, and telecom organizations. He has taught IT management, computer networking, database, and cybersecurity courses since 2007.
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To be considered for admission, students must:
- Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
- Submit an official transcript of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent.
- Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above, probationary status may be granted. The program director will evaluate applications on a case-by-case basis.
- Supply a current resume that includes any related experience in the field of information technology.
- International applicants will be required to provide TOEFL scores (if applicable) and transcript assessment for degrees completed outside of the United States.
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Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).