Online Certificate in Cybersecurity

The field of Information Technology is growing quickly, with specialty areas such as cybersecurity analysis expected to grow 35% through 2031. Because of the emerging threats to the delivery of information, expertise in cybersecurity is crucial for any organization.

The field of Information Technology is growing quickly, with specialty areas such as cybersecurity analysis expected to grow 35% through 2031. Because of the emerging threats to the delivery of information, expertise in cybersecurity is crucial for any organization.

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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.

Locked-In Tuition

Locked-In Tuition.

Our Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire certificate program.

About the Program

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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.

Program Structure

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Our graduate 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)

Stackable Certificate:
You’re one step closer to a master’s degree.

Want to expand your skills in cybersecurity and information technology? Our graduate 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. 

Required Hours

15 hours
9 month timeframe

Example Coursework

Information Assurance and Control
Risk Management and Compliance
Incident Management and Response

Upcoming Start Dates

August 20, 2024
January 14, 2025

Common Job Titles

Information Assurance/Security Specialist
Information Security Analyst
Cybersecurity Specialist
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 is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

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).