Rochester Institute of Technology

B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Cybersecurity Advanced Certificate


One Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY 14623

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Cybersecurity Advanced Certificate

Format: Online

Program Description:

This advanced certificate in cybersecurity provides the fundamental knowledge and expertise in network security and forensics necessary for security in networked environments. Students learn to make computers and networks resistant to attack by closing off vulnerabilities and by monitoring intrusions. The application of forensics allows successful attacks on computer systems to be detected. This involves gathering information on the nature and extent of the attack for presentation in a court of law, as well as assessing the extent of the damage to an organization. Courses taken as part of this certificate can transfer into the MS program in computing security.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the advanced certificate in cybersecurity, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university.
  • Have knowledge of computing networking and system administration, and introductory knowledge of computing security. 
  • Submit transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • While GRE scores are not required for students with degrees from US universities, they are strongly recommended for applicants with an undergraduate GPA that is lower than required. Relevant employment experience can strengthen a candidate’s application for admission.
  • Official scores from the GRE are required for individuals with degrees from international universities.

Bridge program
Based on the evaluation of an applicant's academic and relevant experience, the graduate program director may require some applicants to complete a bridge course to fulfill any gaps in the required prerequisites needed for admission to the program. The bridge course, Introduction to Computing Security (CSEC-600), is not part of the 12 credit hours required for the advanced certificate.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Facts & Figures

International Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid Description: For graduate study, many of the 70 graduate programs offer assistantships. Additionally, more than 9,000 student jobs are available on campus each year.

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Candidates may work with RIT's Financial Aid Office to determine aid eligibility and funding options.

Locale: Large Suburb

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