Learn essential cybersecurity skills in our 4-course Cybersecurity Certificate. Quickly gain the knowledge you need to protect your technology infrastructure from physical and virtual threats. Formats: Online | In-Person 

This program is perfect for...

  • IT professionals looking to advance into the cybersecurity area
  • Managers who oversee a security team, and want a higher level understanding of cybersecurity
  • Those in the technology field who want to learn about securing networks, infrastructure, and how to defend against cyber attacks
  • Entrepreneurs who want to mitigate their cybersecurity risk by avoiding common pitfalls in security

What you can learn.

  • Learn about securing applications, cryptography, common attack vectors, cyber attacks, and exploits
  • Hands-on experience with OSI stack security, hacking methodology and mitigation, penetration testing, and defensive strategies
  • Create security policies, risk assessments, disaster recovery plans and post attack protocols, and procedures
  • Learn concepts needed for the CISSP, CCNA, CompTIA, and other certifications

About this certificate

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Cybersecurity is an essential component of every organization. The risks involved in a cyber attack include loss of data, intellectual property, brand equity, and possible legal ramifications. Understanding how cyber attacks happen is your best defense against them. Whether you're an entrepreneur who wants to protect your business against cyber intrusions, or you manage people responsible for cybersecurity, our Cybersecurity Certificate will quickly give you the knowledge you need. Our courses are taught by industry experts who are up-to-date on the latest trends in cybersecurity.

Formats: Online or In-Person

What our students say about our certificates.

What our certificates have done for our students.


feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program


switched careers after completing a certificate program


recommend a certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey


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

Required Courses
COM SCI X 420.1
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
COM SCI X 420.5
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Optional Internship Elective
COM SCI X 460.100 Digital Technology Internship may be taken as an optional elective course. It is not required for the certificate. 

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.

An internship in digital technology can provide you with practical experience in a variety of job functions in programming and tech, including cybersecurity. To apply, students must be enrolled in a UCLA Extension digital technology certificate or specialization program and have completed a minimum of 12 units, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Permission in advance from the certificate advisor is required. 

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The Certificate in Cybersecurity 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

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