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Cybersecurity Essentials

Graduate Certificate

Understand the fundamentals of cybersecurity.

The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Essentials provides students with an introductory, holistic approach to cybersecurity without the necessary background and experience required for more specialized certificates or master’s degrees. This highly flexible online certificate is ideal for those who seek entry-level cybersecurity positions and/or for those who wish to augment and enhance their existing professional skillset with strong cybersecurity fundamentals.

Currently, there are more than 590,000 open cybersecurity positions in the United States and 22,000 in the State of Colorado. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), information security analyst roles will experience 33% growth through 2030. This certificate allows students to develop essential cybersecurity skills, qualify for new entry-level professional opportunities and help meet the increasing demand for cybersecurity at all levels of business and government.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
Online courses
8-week terms

Time Commitment
6-12 months

Key Dates
Starts are offered in January, March, May, July, August and October.

Join Regis Alumni Working As:

Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst

Report on cyberthreats and implement any changes needed to protect your organization.


Network Operations Center (NOC) Analyst

Provide technical support and troubleshooting for end users of a computer network or program.


Government Cybersecurity Analyst

Help federal, state, local, municipal and tribal governments keep vital data safe and secure.


Bob Bowles

"When I started at Regis, I only had a GED . . . my degrees from Regis opened more doors for me than I could have ever imagined"

Name: Robert Bowles
Title: Director, Center for Information Assurance Studies
Hometown: Conway, SC

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By the Numbers

597767
Total cybersecurity job openings in the U.S.*
$103590
Median pay for information security analysts**
33 %
Projected cybersecurity job growth through 2030**

*CyberSeek, cyberseek.org/heatmap.html
**U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm

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Interested in going further?

Start with a certificate program, end up with a full master's degree. All classes in our Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Essentials can be applied towards the M.S. in Information and Cyber Security program. This allows you to boost your credentials now, with the opportunity to level up even more in the future.

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Program Details

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MSCC 610: Information Technology Concepts

Explore how information technology concepts and architectures are utilized as system resources needed to meet organizational mission and objectives.
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MSIA 605: Advancing to Cyber Security

Discover a basic industry approach that surveys the fundamental aspects of computer systems and establishes a context for subsequent courses in cyber security.
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MSIA 678: Risk Management

Learn the essential tools and processes used to evaluate an organization’s exposure to information technology security threats using rigorous policy and standards-based analysis.
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MSIA 680: Computer Forensics

Through hands-on lab work, explore basic computer forensics and learn the technical capabilities of forensic tools, including various legal and technical challenges.

To apply to the Cybersecurity Essentials Graduate Certificate program, you will need:

  • Completed online application
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university (any field)
  • Official degree-bearing transcripts from a regionally accredited university
  • 3.0 GPA

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Tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year: $870 per credit hour

Total program credits: 12

Earning your Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Essentials from Regis sets you apart and expands your professional network—think of it as an investment in your future. Between scholarship opportunities and financial aid packages, advancing your education is within reach. Explore our Investing in Your Future graduate financing guide or sign up for one of our upcoming graduate financial aid information sessions.

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The Cybersecurity Essentials Graduate Certificate Program is offered by the Computer and Cyber Sciences Department in the Anderson College of Business and Computing.