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Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity

Earn your Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity

A strong cybersecurity workforce is a requirement for all organizations operating in the digital world.  As risks evolve, demand will continue to grow in this ever-changing field. Whether it is on the front lines stopping attacks, or managing technical risk at an enterprise level , the Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity prepares technology professionals to meet this demand.

Students have the option to use the coursework from their graduate certificate to continue in a Master of Science degree program offered by Graduate Programs in Software.

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How to earn a graduate certificate

Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Requirements

To complete the Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity, you must complete the following four required SEIS graduate courses (12 graduate semester credits) with a GPA of 2.7 or higher. Please note: Students in the Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity must demonstrate adequate proficiency in a programming language (Java or Python) before enrolling in the program. Students will be expected to have a prior background in Java or Python programming language, or take SEIS 601 Foundations of Java I or SEIS 603 Foundations of Python I: 

Four Required Courses:

  • SEIS 640   Ethical Hacking and Operating Systems
    (Prerequisite courses: SEIS 601 – Foundations of Java I* or SEIS 603 Foundations of Python I* and SEIS 715 – Networking Architecture and Protocols)
  • SEIS 663  Introduction to Cybersecurity
    (Prerequisite courses: none)
  • SEIS 715  Networking Architecture and Protocols
    (Prerequisite courses: SEIS 601 – Foundations of Java I* or SEIS 603 – Foundations of Python I* and SEIS 663 – Intro to Cybersecurity)
  • SEIS 723  Security Operations
    (Prerequisite courses: SEIS 663 – Intro to Cybersecurity and SEIS 715 – Networking Architecture and Protocols)

*Course may be waived with prior professional or educational experience. Questions? Please contact gradsoftware@stthomas.edu

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Convenient Schedule

Classes are offered in-person and online weeknights from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

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Course Delivery Mode

All programs in the Software Engineering and Data Science department at the University of St. Thomas are offered in CoFlex mode, i.e. the student has the flexibility to attend classes either in-person or online.

Inclusions and restrictions:

  • CoFlex course delivery mode is available to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and students on work visas.
  • International students or students receiving certain scholarship benefits are ineligible to take the online option and must attend classes in-person.
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Attend an online information session to learn program details. Our programs serve working professionals with busy lives. Set your own pace and start fall, spring or summer. Classes are offered in-person and online weeknights from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. We look forward to meeting you.



All full-time tenured faculty hold Ph.D. degrees and offer extensive industry experience. Adjunct faculty are selected based on professional experience and educational credentials.

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Julie Denning

Julie Denning's background spans technology, including 10 years as a software developer and three years on the infrastructure side before moving into cybersecurity in 2010. Julie Denning works at Thomson Reuters as a Product Security Architect, partnering with architects and product teams to ensure the software they build and deploy for their customers in the legal and government industries are built securely.
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Tony Harris

Tony Harris has over 25 years of experience in the information technology industry in both the public and private sectors with roles including Software Engineer, Systems Engineer and Network Architect. Tony currently works as a Business Solutions Architect with Cisco where he advises public sector customers in 13 states throughout the Pacific Northwest, Southwest and Midwest to make their organizations successful.
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Melinda Mattox

Melinda Mattox has over 20 years of experience working in data security. She has experience in the public, non-profit, government, and higher education sectors. She is currently the Director of Security Operations at the University of St. Thomas. Melinda holds professional certifications in information security, security management, and risk management.