Online Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity

The Department of Computer Science’s Graduate Certificate Program in Cybersecurity is designed to train working professionals in computer science and related fields for jobs in cybersecurity. The program is fully online to meet the demands of the working professional, and the four courses in the program may be completed within one year (Fall and Spring semesters). These courses could also be used as part of the MS in CS degree program, if the student so decides.

In 2018, ODU’s Online Graduate Certificate Program was listed as one of the top 30 Best Online Cyber Security Certificate Programs by  For more information about ODU’s reputation, see

“Developed by ODU’s well-regarded Department of Computer Science, this short program is especially suited to IT professionals who need skills to manage and secure cyber data.”

Courses: A student seeking the graduate certificate must register for each of these courses at the 500-level. Additional electives may be added in future. All the courses offered in this program will be online. All courses must be approved by the Program Coordinator before enrollment.

Eligibility Requirements: Candidates for the program must have a 4-year Bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution with a computer science-related major and at least a 3.0 GPA. The program requires a student to take four courses. Each course has a normal letter grade. The student is expected to obtain a C or better in each course and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

The courses offered under this program may be taken by current ODU students or new students. A student must first apply to the certificate program and be admitted to the program to be eligible to receive the certificate. A student admitted to this program may subsequently apply for MS in CS. If admitted, the courses taken during the certificate program may be considered towards the MS program.

To Apply:

  •  ODU Admissions Application- Students not enrolled at ODU must first apply to ODU as a non-degree-seeking student.
  • $50 application fee
  • All students (new and current) must submit the certificate program enrollment form to their Program Coordinator.

* Non-degree applicants do not need to submit credentials such as transcripts or test scores until completing a degree-seeking application

Program Coordinator: Dr. Cong Wang (cwang at