Computer Science

Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics


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EKU Online > Online Computer Science Degree & Certificates > Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics

Take Your Technical Skills to the Next Level

Join the rapidly growing cybersecurity industry with EKU’s 100% online cybersecurity certificate. This program provides students with the skills needed to keep cybercriminals at bay and help organizations avoid the devastating financial and reputation losses caused by data and information breaches. Cybersecurity is among the fastest growing career sectors according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, placing cybersecurity professionals in high-demand with excellent salary potential.


Benefits of EKU Online

Learn essential skills for today’s digital work environment through a personalized and tailored certificate in computer science.

  • No application fee
  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Multiple start dates
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members and their spouses
  • No campus visits required
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

Take on Leadership Roles and Advance Your Career

Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow by 12 percent through 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 546,200 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security. 

Find your career


Advance your career with practical, results-oriented data skills including data analysis, data mining, programming and problem solving.

Degree Requirements

A total of 12 credits are required to graduate.

View the cyber security and digital forensics certificate requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 6 of the University graduate catalog.

CSC 746 – Artificial Intelligence (3)
The use of programming languages to model concepts selected from artificial intelligence. The application of heuristics to problem solving. Perception and pattern recognition.

CSC 781 – Machine Learning (3)
Introduction to Machine Learning and its core models and algorithms. Hands-on R programming experiences of using machine learning/deep learning algorithms to analyze real-world data sets.

CSC 782 – Big Data (3)
Advanced cutting edge and state-of-the-arts knowledge and implementation in big data. Modern deep learning tools for analyzing real-world data sets.

CSC 783 – Data Visualization (3)
Principles and techniques for data visualization, including visual representation methods and techniques for increasing the understanding of complex data and models. Hands-on visual programming experiences in data collection and demonstration.


John Hepner

John Hepner

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor John Hepner for information about the Certificate in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics.

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Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A August 5 August
Fall B October 5 October
Spring A January 5 January
Spring B March 5 March
Summer May 5 May


Admission Requirements

The admissions requirements for applicants to the M.S. Computer Science program are as follows:

  • A baccalaureate degree* from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 overall, or 3.0 on the last 60 semester hours of the baccalaureate program.
  • One of the following:
      • Satisfactory scores on GRE or GMAT*. The minimum satisfactory GRE scores are 149 points of Quantitative. The minimum satisfactory GMAT scores are 37 points of Quantitative.
      • A bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree in science, technology, engineering or math with a GPA of at least 3.0.
      • An undergraduate precalculus course or equivalent mathematics background.

*A baccalaureate degree in computer science is not required for admissions. However, CSC 801 will be part of the degree requirements if a student has not completed equivalent programming course(s) before being admitted.

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

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Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

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