The graduate-level certificate in Cyber Security is intended for students who are interested in training in the core areas of cyber security and digital forensics. It is a 9 credit hour program intended to develop fundamental skills, including familiarity with industry practices, methods, and problem-solving skills critical for success in the areas of cyber security. This certificate program also seeks to provide to current employees in the public and private sectors an opportunity to obtain training in the core areas of cyber security, which may help in career advancement.

CIS student in a darkend computer lab. The Cyber Security Certificate focuses on:
  • Fundamental knowledge in major computer security topics — including cyber threats, malware, information assurance, authorization, applied cryptography, web security, mobile and wireless security, network security, systems/software security, database and storage security, user-centered security, and best security practices and countermeasures.
  • Skills to apply this knowledge to solve basic real-world cyber security problems.

This certificate serves as a badge testifying that you have mastered fundamental knowledge in major cyber security topics and essential skills in investigating and remedying cyber security threats and events. Students who earn this badge are also prepared to explore and investigate new emerging cyber security issues. Once you complete the certificate you can continue to complete a MS degree in Computer and Information Sciences or a MS degree in Computer Forensics and Security Management jointly offered by Department of Computer and Information Sciences and Department of Justice Sciences.

Certificate Program Requirements

The graduate certificate requires students complete three courses:
  • CS 623: Network Security
  • CS 636: Computer Security
  • and one of the following:
    • CS 537: Cybercrime and Forensics
    • CS 654: Malware Analysis
    • CS 643: Cloud Security
    • CS 645: Modern Cryptography
    • CS 646: Digital Currency
    • CS 657: Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment

Who is Eligible to Enroll?

Students must first be admitted into the Computer and Information Sciences program. You can use the certificate as a stepstone towards an MS degree, if you choose to continue your graduate education.


Upon completion of the program requirements you will receive a certificate signed by the Department Chair of Computer and Information Sciences and the Dean of College of Arts and Sciences. Since this is a Category B certificate, it will not be identified on a UAB transcript.


For more information about the Computer Forensics Certificate Program, please contact Dr. Chengcui Zhang.SaveSaveSave