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This online certificate program is designed to train professionals working in computer science and related fields the additional skills needed to manage and secure cyber data. You can complete this certificate in as little as one year by taking two courses in spring semester and two courses in fall semester. These courses can also apply toward ODU's Master of Science in Computer Science.
Can be completed in one year: 12 credit hours (four courses)
Complete as full or part-time student
Flexibility to do it online
Friendly to non-CS major students
Introduction to networking and the Internet protocol stack; Vulnerable protocols such as HTTP, DNS, and BGP; Overview of wireless communications, vulnerabilities, and security protocols; Introduction to cryptography; Discussion of cyber threats and defenses; Firewalls and IDS/IPS; Kerberos; Transport Layer Security, including certificates; Network Layer Security.
This course covers mathematical foundations, including information theory, number theory, factoring, and prime number generation; cryptographic protocols, including basic building blocks and protocols; cryptographic techniques, including key generation and key management, and applications; and cryptographic algorithms--DES, AES, stream ciphers, hash functions, digital signatures, etc. Prerequisites: MATH 162M.
Authentication in cyber systems including password-based, address-based, biometrics-based, and SSO systems; Authorization and accounting in cyber systems; Securing wired and wireless networks; Secured applications including secure e-mail services, secure web services, and secure e-commerce applications; Security and privacy in cloud environments.
Students entering the Certificate program in Cybersecurity should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
Candidates for the program must at least have a 4-year Bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution. The program requires a student to take four (or 12 credits) courses. Each course has a normal letter grade and a student is expected to obtain a C or better in each course and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Everyone is required to take one required course CS 562. Students can choose any three of the remaining courses of CS 563, 564, 565, 569.
The courses offered under this program may be taken by current ODU students or new students. A student must first apply to the certificate program and be admitted to the program to be eligible to receive the certificate. A student admitted to this program may subsequently apply for MS in CS. If admitted, the courses taken during the certificate program may be considered towards the MS program.
1. Complete the Graduate Certificate Declaration Form.
2. Form is submitted to Graduate Admissions.
3. Admissions contacts the Certificate Coordinator to seek a review.
4. Certificate Coordinator reviews student information to determine admission into the program (ideally within 1-2 days).
5. Certificate Coordinator sends admission decision to Graduate Admissions.
6. If admitted, certificate program will be placed in the student's DegreeWorks under the drop-down Degree tab.
7. Graduate Admissions notifies student of decision.
8. Certificate Coordinator follows up with student.
Students who finish the requirements of the certificate program should submit the Notification of Completion - Certificate Program Form to the Certificate Coordinator.
Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.
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