Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Cybersecurity | ITEC | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Cybersecurity | ITEC | SIU

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Cybersecurity

The post-baccalaureate Certificate in Cybersecurity enables students to study advanced cybersecurity knowledge, skills, methodologies, and tools. This certificate focuses on the hands-on, organizational, and applied aspects of cybersecurity. The certificate program requires students to complete 18 credit hours of graduate level coursework. Students can pursue the certificate program either independently or concurrently with a graduate degree in another discipline.


The evaluation of applicants for admission is based primarily on the student’s academic record with particular attention being given to past performance in relevant undergraduate course work. Applicants are expected to have a substantial background in undergraduate computing courses covering foundations of objected-oriented programming, networks, information assurance, and cybersecurity.

The following are required for admission:

  • Bachelor’s degree, related field preferred but not required
  • Courses or background in object-oriented programming, networks, and basic level information assurance and/or cybersecurity.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7/4.0 in the last two years of Bachelor’s degree or admission as non-declared graduate student until a B average is obtained on at least 6 semester hours.
  • Resume highlighting education and/or work experiences in computing or information technology related areas.
  • Statement of purpose highlighting career and educational goals (maximum one page, single spaced)

Admission to the certificate program requires two steps:

  1. Apply for admission to the certificate program with the application form here. Email the completed application form, along with unofficial transcripts, resume, and statement of purpose, to the ITEC Graduate Program Director at

    Decisions about the admission of students to and retention of students in the post-baccalaureate certificate program will be made by the ITEC Graduate Program Director and ITEC faculty subject to the requirements of the SIU Graduate School. You will receive email notification when you are accepted into the certificate program.
  2. Once accepted into the certificate program, apply to the SIU Graduate School as a nondeclared student (unless you choose to enroll or are already enrolled in another graduate program at SIU). This application process begins here. A nonrefundable application fee must be submitted with the SIU Graduate School’s online application. Official transcripts will be required from non-SIU students.

The Bridge Program

Students whose undergraduate preparation or work experience does not satisfy the computing background requirements can make up this deficiency by taking one or more courses as prescribed by the graduate program director and program faculty. This coursework may be completed at any accredited college or university. The courses below are offered online by SIU and will satisfy the admission requirements for undergraduate preparation:

  • ITEC 209 - Introduction to Programming
  • ITEC 216 - Information Security Fundamentals
  • ITEC 224 – Network Fundamentals
  • ITEC 228 - Introduction to Cyber Operations (prerequisite ITEC 216)

More information about these classes can be found in the SIU Undergraduate Catalog.


  • Students enrolled in the certificate program are required to complete 18 credit hours from a pool of eight graduate level cybersecurity courses. Four courses are required for a total of 12 credit hours and an additional six credit hours are completed by selecting two courses from the electives listed below. Enrollment and faculty availability will determine which electives are offered each year.
  • Students enrolled in the certificate program must maintain a GPA of no less than 3.0 in all coursework counting towards the certificate.
  • Maximum time allowed to complete all requirements for the certificate is six years from the date of admission to the program.

Other Information

  • Cohorts begin each fall.
  • The certificate can be completed in as little as one year (fall, spring, summer) by taking two classes each semester.
  • Certificate programs do not lead to a degree, but all certificate hours can be counted toward a graduate degree program if one with similar requirements is available.
  • Upon completion, the student will receive a printed certificate and the earned certificate will be noted on the student’s transcript.
  • A student may withdraw from the certificate program at any time by sending an email to There is no penalty for withdrawing from a graduate certificate program, but withdrawal from courses in progress must follow the rules of registration for eligibility for refund, etc.

Required Courses (12 Credit Hours):

  • ITEC 501 - Cybersecurity Fundamentals
  • ITEC 502 - Secure Cloud Computing
  • ITEC 503 - Cyber Physical Systems Security (Prerequisite: ITEC 501)
  • ITEC 506 - Cyber Forensics (Prerequisite: ITEC 501 and ITEC 502)

Elective Courses (6 Credit Hours):

  • ITEC 505 - Cybersecurity Metrics and Quantitative Approaches (Prerequisite: ITEC 502)
  • ITEC 507 - Social Computing and Cyber Intelligence (Prerequisite: ITEC 502)
  • ITEC 509 - Advanced Topics in Cybersecurity (Prerequisite: ITEC 506)
  • ITEC 511 - Cybersecurity Research Project

For more information, contact:
ITEC Graduate Program Director
Southern Illinois University
Mail Code 6614
Carbondale, IL 62901
Telephone: 618-453-7253

Online Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Cyber Security program description (pdf)