Online Certificate in Cybersecurity

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Be prepared to join one of the fastest growing industries in the world

The Cybersecurity certificate program will provide the tools to handle the most lethal cybersecurity attacks and viruses.

Every day, hackers and cyber criminals are releasing new, advanced computer viruses, ransomware, and scams that endanger the data on which businesses and communities depend. A McAfee study in February 2018 reported hackers drained an estimated $600 billion annually from the world economy. Today, that number is even higher due to an increase in cloud-based applications and the growth in e-commerce.

If you’re a professional interested in network security, biometrics, cryptography, and related areas, you would enhance your career with PennWest’s online Cybersecurity program. In just one year, this online graduate certificate will provide you with the tools you need to plan for and recognize today’s most lethal cybersecurity attacks and viruses.

The Cybersecurity certificate program was built on PennWest California’s unique Cybersecurity program and is part of the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Cybersecurity degree program. It has received affiliation approval from the PSM National Office, which oversees 356 PSM programs nationwide.

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Growing Market

The global cybersecurity market is projected to grow from $155.83 billion in 2022 to $376.32 billion by 2029, according to Fortune Business Insights.

3.5 million

Cybercrime Magazine projects 3.5 million job openings for cybersecurity professionals in 2025.


The growth of e-commerce is the #1 factor driving the need for increased cybersecurity.

Fast Facts

One Year

Length of time it takes to complete PennWest’s online graduate Cybersecurity certificate program.




100% online


Graduate Admissions

Start Terms:

Fall, Spring, Summer

Careers and Salaries

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs in the field of information security will grow 33% by 2030—much faster than most other occupations. Salaries are also significantly higher. The median annual wage for information security analysts, for example, was $102,600 in May 2021 compared to $47,760 median annual wage for all occupations.

Graduate Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge in computer networking, security, and cryptography for industry.
  2. Integrate principles and techniques of risk analysis, project planning, and change management in the development of information security strategies.
  3. Describe how to provide message privacy, integrity, authentication, and non-repudiation using network security practices and infrastructure hardening techniques.
  4. Address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.

Admissions Requirements

3.0/Official transcripts relevant discipline CS, IS, IT, CE, Math

Applicants without a related discipline may be considered for conditional admission into the Cybersecurity certificate program with pre-requisite requirements. Upon successful completion, students can be moved to the PSM master’s in Cybersecurity

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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