Data Science with Concentration in Cybersecurity

Learn how to harness the power of big data and protect technological infrastructures in this nine-course certificate program. Formats: Online | In-Person

This program is perfect for...

  • Multidisciplinary professionals seeking to learn or enhance data analytics skills
  • IT professionals expanding their areas of expertise to include cybersecurity
  • Aspiring data scientists looking to build skills in data management, visualization, and programming
  • International students aiming to maintain full-time status while learning in-demand skills in technical fields
  • Tech workers interested in learning about infrastructure, securing networks, and defending against cyberattacks

What you can learn.

  • Learn foundational tools and techniques for analyzing data, delivering insights, and building forecasting models
  • Gain expertise in Python, exploratory data analysis (EDA), and advanced data visualization, using R and Tableau
  • Understand the management of big data, types of NoSQL data stores, and the Hadoop ecosystem
  • Discover how to create security policies, risk assessments, disaster recovery plans, and post-attack protocols and procedures
  • Explore concepts needed for the CompTIASecurity+ and other certifications
  • Get hands-on experience with OSI stack security, hacking methodology and mitigation, penetration testing, and defensive strategies

Data fundamentals and protection.

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Build the foundation for a career in data science while developing complementary skills for mitigating cybersecurity risks. Learn big data management, programming, and analysis, as well as how to protect and defend against cyberattacks.

The UCLA Extension Certificate in Data Science with Concentration in Cybersecurity was created to offer skills from two in-demand specialties in one combined environment.

Formats: Online or In-Person
Duration: 3 quarters full-time; 2 years part-time

This certificate is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

Students participating in courses offered solely by UCLA Extension must meet the English Language Requirements outlined below. Any international student interested in taking classes on UCLA’s main campus must adhere to the English Requirements outlined for UCLA courses.

Acceptable tests and minimum scores

Scores that are equal to or higher than the listed minimum scores from the following tests, taken within the past two years, can satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

  • TOEFL: 80 (iBT)
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • iTEP: 4.5
  • CAE: B (CEFR C1)
  • CPE: C (CEFR C2)
  • TOEIC: 685
  • DUOLINGO (DET): 105

While no other type of test score is accepted in general, students who are affected by test center closures may request an exception to submit an alternate test score.

International Baccalaureates (IB) students or students currently enrolled in an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English may submit an official academic transcript or verification of enrollment from their school as proof of English proficiency.

Learn more:

International Students: How to Apply

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
COM SCI X 450.1
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
COM SCI X 450.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
COM SCI X 450.3
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
COM SCI X 420.1
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
COM SCI X 420.5
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Machine Learning Course
Students must complete one of the following courses.
COM SCI X 450.4
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
COM SCI X 450.41

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

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