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
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to mitigate cybersecurity risks by avoiding common pitfalls
  • Tech workers interested in learning about infrastructure, securing networks, and defending against cyberattacks
  • Security managers pursuing a higher-level understanding of cybersecurity

What you can learn.

  • Best practices for secure applications; cryptography, common attack vectors, cyberattacks, and exploits
  • How to create security policies, risk assessments, disaster recovery plans, post-attack protocols and procedures
  • Hands-on experience with OSI stack security, hacking methodology and mitigation, penetration testing, and defensive strategies
  • Concepts needed for the CompTIASecurity+ and other certifications

Your best defense against cyberattacks.

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Cybersecurity is essential for mitigating organizational risk against loss of data, intellectual property, and brand equity, as well as associated legal ramifications. Understanding how cyberattacks happen and how to protect your IT infrastructure against them is your best defense. 

Whether you're an entrepreneur seeking to protect your business from cyber intrusions, or you manage a cybersecurity team, our Cybersecurity Certificate program was designed to give you a deep understanding of the foundational principles, plus hands-on experience with both offensive and defensive tools. The classes in this five-course program are taught by cybersecurity industry experts.

Formats: Online or In-Person



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

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.

The Certificate in Cybersecurity is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

International Students seeking a longer program should consider our 9-course certificate in Data Science with a Concentration in Cybersecurity.

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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