Are you considering
an IT or cybersecurity career?
In this program, you will learn everything you need to know to succeed in the Information and cybersecurity industry, starting with the fundamentals, all the way to the tasks you will be performing on the job when you get hired.
The program curriculum integrates hands-on learning with simulation labs that prepare you to take the CyberSec industry's most essential certification exams:
Go From No Experience to Ready-to-Hire.
30-Hour Introductory Course | 370-Hour Extended Program
American University’s Cybersecurity Professional Certificate program takes students who have no experience in the field and gets them job-ready and fully qualified to meet the demands of today's job market by the end of the program. It focuses on getting you prepared with the exact skills needed to find employment in the field.
Introductory Course30 in-classHours
Microsoft Security40 in-classHours
Computer Networking35 in-classHours
Linux Security30 in-classHours
Cloud Security25 in-classHours
Fundamentals Phase Final Project: Building Your Own Environment10 in-classHours
Network Security30 in-classHours
Critical Infrastructure Security35 in-classHours
Python for Security25 in-classHours
Infrastructure Phase Final Project10 in-classHours
Career Services Workshop5 in-classHours
Ethical Hacking50 in-classHours
Digital Forensics & Incident Response50 in-classHours
Advanced Phase Final Project: Attack & Response10 in-classHours
Game Theory10 in-classHours
Prepare for Internationally
Recognized Certifications Exams
Prepare for Internationally Recognized Certifications Exams
Students who graduate from the Cybersecurity Professional Certificate program will be eligible to sit for all the most recognized certification exams in the industry, including but not limited to:
During the two 2-week breaks that are built into the Cybersecurity Professional Certificate, learners will have a chance to take non-mandatory asynchronous lessons for certification-prep. The CyWar platform also hosts study guides, question banks, “Cyberpedia,” and challenges that will help learners practice and ace their exams.
We recommend that learners seek one certification during each phase, according to their individual career goals.
Linux LPI Essentials
The Linux LPI Essentials exam verifies knowledge of the open-source Linux operating system and practical knowledge of various open-source applications. The exam measures the ability to manage users and groups, as well as a candidate’s competency with Linux command line, permissions, security, basic networking configuration, and administration.
AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification exam should be considered by individuals with knowledge of AWS Cloud and its infrastructure. Experience with security and compliance aspects of the platform will be a crucial requirement for passing the examination and proving your competency to potential employers.
The CompTIA Network+ certification exam requires you to know how to configure, manage, and troubleshoot a variety of network devices. The exam also expects cyber professionals to be familiar with emerging technologies such as mobile, cloud, communication, and virtualization technologies.
EC-Council CND - Certified Network Defender
The Certified Network Defender certification should be considered by learners who want to become Network Administrators who are trained in protecting, detecting, and responding to the threats on the network.
The CompTIA Security+ is the next step up from the CompTIA Network+ and is considered an entry-level cybersecurity certification. The CompTIA Security+ exam tests the candidate’s skill set over a range of disciplines, such as systems, networks, security administration, and penetration testing.
EC-Council CSA - Certified SOC Analyst
The Certified SOC Analyst certification is the first step to joining a security operations center (SOC). It is engineered for current and aspiring Tier I and Tier II SOC analysts to achieve proficiency in performing entry-level and intermediate-level operations.
EC-Council CEH - Certified Ethical Hacker
The Certified Ethical Hacker certification is intended for learners who want to work in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective.
(ISC)² SSCP – Systems Security Certified Practitioner**
For students who achieved 1 year of experience—Post-Program Completion.
The (ISC)² SSCP certification is ideal for those with proven technical and practical, hands-on security knowledge. Individuals with this certificate have proof they can implement, monitor, and administer IT infrastructure in accordance with information security policies and procedures.