Current Size: 100%


The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity is designed to provide existing graduate students with a significantly enhanced tool for marketability in the computer security industry.

Cybersecurity has become an increasingly important area of study within the discipline of computer science, especially in view of the increased demands for national and international security. The interdisciplinary program is comprised of the curriculum in the Department of Systems and Computer Science.

Courses can be used towards the masters degree program in computer science to provide a continuous path for the student towards a master degree. The Certificate program requires 15 credits, including a year-long course in Cybersecurity, two additional technical courses, and a capstone project course. 

Certificate in Cybersecurity Studies Program List of Accepted Courses

  • Cybersecurity I, SYCS 653
  • Cybersecurity II, SYCS 654
  • Capstone in Cybersecurity, SYCS 659
  • Advanced Operating Systems, SYCS 680
  • Special Topics in Cybersecurity, SYCS 684

If you have a course not offered on this list that you would like to take you MUST get written approval from Dr. Wayne Patterson.

Cybersecurity Data

Application Information

To apply, please submit a packet of the following documentation:

  • Application form 
  • 2 letters of recommendation- 1 required from Academic Advisor
  • Resume/CV
  • Official transcript with a minimum GPA of 3.2

All credentials must be sent to:

Kamla B. Deonauth
Howard University Graduate School
Annex III, Room 308
4th and College Street
Washington, D.C. 20059

Admission Requirements

Students Already Enrolled

  • Good academic standing
  • A minimum of 6 eligible credits (as determined by the Department of Systems and Computer Science)

Students Not Already Enrolled

  • Satisfactory completion of regular degree requirements

Requirement Exceptions

  • No Graduate Record Examination
  • Other specific requirements of the Department
Degree Requirements
  • Demonstration of the same level of achievement as degree seeking students.
  • Maintenance of at least a B grade in each course.
Related Resources