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Online Cybersecurity Certificate

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Register By: March 02 Classes Start: March 04

Earn a Certificate in Cybersecurity Online

  • $330 per credit (18 credits)
  • Ideal for those exploring a career in cybersecurity
  • 3-course intro to information systems and computer networking
  • No STEM background needed
  • Complete in just over 6 months (full time)
  • Certificate credits count toward many of SNHU's STEM degrees

Certificate in Cybersecurity Program Overview

Take the first step toward a high-demand career with the Certificate in Cybersecurity online at Southern New Hampshire University. Launched in 2023, this 6-course, accredited certificate program can help prepare you for an entry-level position in cybersecurity or get you started on your way to an associate or bachelor’s degree like SNHU's AS or BS in Cybersecurity programs.

At 18 credit hours and $330 per credit, the cybersecurity certificate comes in at just under $6k, total tuition. The courses were thoughtfully designed to give an aspiring cybersecurity professional a broad view of cyber careers and a foundational level of knowledge to enter the field of cybersecurity.

The Certificate in Cybersecurity program online covers a wide range of topics in cybersecurity, including defense strategies, human factors, emerging trends, and legal-ethical considerations. It lays the groundwork on which you can build more complex and specialized skills as you progress in your profession.

"While an IT or computer science background can be beneficial, it's not a requirement for this program," said Dr. Dennis Backherms, technical program facilitator for cybersecurity at SNHU. "The certificate is built for students with an interest in technology and curiosity for the cybersecurity profession."

Backherms says ethics and integrity are crucial for students coming into the program, as cybersecurity specialists often deal with sensitive information and play a key role in protecting digital assets.

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What You'll Learn

  • IT roles, tech tools and software basics
  • Operating system fundamentals
  • Hardware-software interactions
  • How to design a simple network
  • Problem-solving through systems thinking
  • Tactics and strategies of cyber attackers
  • Legal, ethical and defense strategies

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How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom, and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Cybersecurity Career Outlook

Cybersecurity is an attractive area in the technology field with in-demand jobs, higher-than-average salaries and potential remote work opportunities.1 This certificate program builds cybersecurity competencies critical for an entry-level job role or advancing in your career.

"For individuals already in the workforce, a cybersecurity certificate can be a stepping stone for career advancement," said Dr. Dennis Backherms, technical program facilitator for cybersecurity at SNHU. "It demonstrates a commitment to staying current in the field and acquiring specialized skills."

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 16,800 openings for information security analysts are projected each year, on average, over the next 10 years.2 Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force through retirement.

While information security analysts typically need a bachelor’s degree in computer and information technology or a related field, it's possible for some workers to enter the occupation with a high school diploma and relevant industry training, like a cybersecurity certificate.3

Job Growth and Salary

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Job Growth

The BLS projects employment of information security analysts could increase 32% through 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.2

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Potential Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for information security analysts was $112,000 in 2022.2

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

Where Could You Work?

According to CyberSeek.org, about 19% of online job listings require less than a bachelor’s degree. These include entry-level and common cybersecurity job titles such as:3

Cybersecurity Specialist

Lead security-related technical projects, monitor and report key security performance metrics and maintain security infrastructure and applications.

Information Security Specialist

Analyze security logs to detect and remediate threats, aid in incident response procedures and assist with patch management and vulnerability testing.

Security Specialist

Analyze and report key security metrics and troubleshoot escalated user issues related to security across all technology and applications.

Information Security Analyst

Install and operate firewalls and data encryption programs, identify vulnerable areas and monitor organizations for security breaches.

Information security analysts typically need a bachelor’s degree; however, some workers enter the occupation with a high school diploma and relevant industry training and certifications.2

Start your Journey Toward an Online Certificate in Cybersecurity

Dennis Backherms, technical program facilitator for cybersecurity

Get Started on the Right Path

Dr. Dennis Backherms, technical program facilitator for cybersecurity

"Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing field with a high demand for skilled professionals. A certificate in cybersecurity can help you adapt to ever-evolving cybersecurity challenges."

Courses & Curriculum

In the Certificate in Cybersecurity program, you'll start by learning the basics of computer systems and networks and how they influence cybersecurity practices. Then, you'll build on this solid base in computing fundamentals as you develop an adversarial mindset. By viewing security from the perspective of a potential attacker, you'll learn how to defend against cyber threats while also considering the impacts of legal and ethical concerns.

"You'll gain practical skills and knowledge of cybersecurity techniques," said Dr. Dennis Backherms, technical program facilitator for cybersecurity at SNHU. "This is highly valuable in the rapidly evolving field of cybersecurity."

Topics covered in the cybersecurity certificate program online include:

  • An overview of information technology (IT) job roles, technology tools, software and computer operating systems
  • Computer network basics such as hardware-software interactions and how to design a simple network
  • How to solve problems using “systems thinking,” where all the parts of security (software, hardware, networks and people) fit together like puzzle pieces, so you can see the big picture and can identify weak spots
  • Adversarial thinking to help you understand the tactics and strategies of attackers, how to outsmart them and proactively defend before they can cause trouble
  • Essential cybersecurity principles including legal, ethical, privacy and defense strategies

The cybersecurity certificate is designed to stack into SNHU’s AS in Cybersecurity and BS in Cybersecurity degree programs. This is noteworthy as SNHU has recently been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and our BS in Cybersecurity is SNHU’s validated program of study.

"Students interested in pursuing additional industry certifications like CompTIA's A+, Network+ or Security+ may benefit from what they learn in the cybersecurity certificate," Backherms said.

Tuition & Fees

At SNHU, we’re committed to making education more accessible, by making it more affordable.

Beyond low tuition rates, we help our students save through transfer credits, credit for prior learning, grants and scholarships, tuition assistance and more. U.S. service members, both full and part time, as well as the spouses of those on active duty are also eligible for a 30% tuition discount.

This certificate is eligible for federal financial aid. Students seeking alternatives to federal financial aid can explore tuition assistance, grants and scholarships, as well as private loans. To learn more about private loans, visit our Funding Your Education with Student Loans page.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Cost for 18 credits 
Degree/Certificates $990 $330 $5,940
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $693 $231 $4,158

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
*Note: Students receiving the military discount rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs: No Application Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

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