Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate

Certificate #256

Est.imated Completion Time: 6 months

Starts: Quarterly

Subspecialty Code: 6203L

Program Area: Cyber and Information Systems

POC: Program Manager

Modality: Distance Learning


The Cyber Security Fundamentals graduate certificate is intended to provide a technically rigorous foundation upon which to build knowledge and skills in computer network defense, attack and exploitation. Each course is comprised of both instruction and laboratory exercises involving cyber security aspects of computers and networks. These synergistic activities allow students to internalize key concepts in cyber security. The courses and material covered in the Cyber Security Fundamentals certificate satisfy prerequisite requirements for advanced courses in cyber security offered in the Computer Science Department of the Naval Postgraduate School.

Courses required

Course Details
Course 1 Choose one of the following:
  • CS3600
  • CS4600
Course 2 CS3670
Course 3 CS3690

Requirements for Entry

  • Prior academic experience at the undergraduate or graduate level in computing systems and computer networking

Application Information

Applications are handled by the NPS Admissions Office. Please visit the admissions website or contact them at

Tuition & Service Obligation

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Other Information

Students entering this program must meet the prerequisites of the individual courses that make up the program. To this end, students are expected to have prior academic experience at the undergraduate or graduate level in computing systems and computer networking.

All of the courses in the sequence are extracted from the current set of graduate courses in the Computer and Network Security specialization offered by the CS Department. Of these, one is a core course. The total number of NPS graduate credits obtained for the certificate is up to 13.5, where laboratory credits are counted as half. This certificate program can also be applied toward a master's degree program, e.g., Curriculum 368.

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Application Deadlines

  •  25 Sep 2023

    Winter quarter applications due

  •  08 Jan 2024

    Spring Quarter applications due

  •  01 Apr 2024

    Summer Quarter applications due

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Academic Calendar

  •  25 Sep 2023

    Fall Quarter instruction begins

  •  09 Oct 2023

    Columbus Day (holiday)

  •  24 Oct 2023

    Shift day: treat as Friday class schedule

See NPS Academic Calendar for more dates.