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Cybersecurity Professional Certificate at American University

Cybersecurity Certification Tracks

THE BLUE TEAM

Cybersecurity Professional Certificate

This track is designed to help students break into the field of cybersecurity. The program does not require students to have experience in IT, which means you can apply and get accepted no matter what kind of professional background you have.

On the Blue Team, you’ll learn how to protect against hackers to help safeguard sensitive information for governments and businesses alike.

Graduates of the Cybersecurity Professional Certificate program will be qualified to take the most important certification exams in the field, including but not limited to: Network+, CSK, Linux LPI Essential, CCNA CyberOps, Security+, (ISC)2 SSCP, CySA+, and the newly consolidated CCNA certification.

THE RED TEAM

Ethical Hacking Program

This track is geared towards established IT professionals who want to venture into the adventurous path of Ethical Hacking, also known as Offensive Security.

On the Red Team, you’ll learn how to hack into some of the most secure cyber infrastructures that exist in order to help businesses and government organizations find security vulnerabilities before a malicious hacker discovers them. Once you find the vulnerabilities, you hand over the information to the Blue Team so they can always stay one step ahead of potential hackers.

Graduates of the Ethical Hacking program will be eligible to take the EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) exam, as well as the Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) exam.

Cybersecurity Education at American University

The Cybersecurity Professional Certificate program sets you up with the hands-on experience you need to outsmart the competition and step up your career. The instructors, some of the top experts in the field, bring their real-life experience to the classroom and provide you with personalized training.

Throughout the program, you will work on projects that mimic the real day-to-day actions of the job, preparing you to hit the ground running as soon as you land your first job in the field.

Global Certification Training

Career Services

Hands-On Learning

International Expertise

The Five-Step Pathway To Cybersecurity Success

American University’s Cybersecurity Professional Certificate program provides a path to transition you into the cybersecurity and information security industry quickly, while providing you with expert instructors and practical, hands-on training.
The Five-Step Pathway is focused on one goal: To provide you with the skills you need to be extremely competitive in the cybersecurity industry.
STEP 01

Talk to Us

Prospective students set up a personal consultation with a Cybersecurity Admissions Advisors to assess their aptitude in the field and help them decide if a career in cybersecurity could be a good fit for them. The advisor will explain the five-step process, answer any questions, and set up a flexible advising session with a Senior Admissions Advisor.

STEP 02

One-on-One Advising

Each prospective student meets with their assigned Senior Admissions Advisor to further discuss the program, career expectations, and future job opportunities. Meetings can be in person, virtual, or on the phone.

STEP 03

Introduction to Cybersecurity

This 30-hour Introductory Course gives you the chance to explore the material and the cybersecurity industry before making a substantial commitment to the full course. That way, you can make a practical, confident, and informed decision about your future career path. The Introductory Course also ensures classroom success by facilitating the advancement of only those students with the necessary passion and skills to ultimately land a career in the field. At the end of the course, you will complete an exam and meet with your instructor, who will guide you in the next step of your career.

STEP 04

The Cybersecurity Professional Certificate Program

Here’s what you can expect from the Cybersecurity Professional Certificate program: Your instructors will immediately start to teach you in a hands-on style, so you can start to practice the skills of the job right away. You will be completing projects that mimic the day-to-day tasks of a true professional, so you can have the experience that potential employers will be looking for when you apply for your first professional cybersecurity job.

STEP 05

Career Connections + Services

Throughout the entire program, instructors and staff members will provide counseling and prepare you to land your first professional cybersecurity position quickly. As a student, your instructors and Career Services administrators will help you prepare for specific job interviews, network with industry professionals, perfect your resume, increase your professional online presence, and discover hiring opportunities. The purpose of these services is to help you get your foot in the door for your first professional cybersecurity role.*

*Career Services are consultation-based only and do not guarantee job placement.

Higher Education.
Lower Risk.

We are committed to providing the highest quality of education and career preparation, which is why we designed an innovative educational model that virtually guarantees your success, lowers your costs, and makes your decision as low-risk as possible. We believe that everyone deserves to study a profession they are passionate about, while resting assured that the job market is full of opportunity upon graduation. Here’s how it works: The Introduction to Cybersecurity Course gives you the exposure you need, along with hands-on training within real-world Cyber Labs, so you can determine if cybersecurity is the right career for you. The Introductory Course also ensures classroom success by facilitating the advancement of only those students with the necessary passion and skills to ultimately land a career in the field. If, for any reason, you decide the extended program is not a right fit for you, you are eligible for a 75% refund on your Introductory Course tuition.*
*Terms & Conditions apply. For more information, please speak to a Cybersecurity Admissions Advisors.

“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”

“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”

Higher Education.
Lower Risk.

Higher Education. Lower Risk.
We are committed to providing the highest quality of education and career preparation, which is why we designed an innovative educational model that virtually guarantees your success, lowers your costs, and makes your decision as low-risk as possible.


We believe that everyone deserves to study a profession they are passionate about, while resting assured that the job market is full of opportunity upon graduation. Here’s how it works: The Introduction to Cybersecurity Course gives you the exposure you need, along with hands-on training within real-world Cyber Labs, so you can determine if cybersecurity is the right career for you.
The Introductory Course also ensures classroom success by facilitating the advancement of only those students with the necessary passion and skills to ultimately land a career in the field.

*Terms & Conditions apply. For more information, please speak to one of our Cybersecurity Admissions Advisors.

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