Advanced Certificate in Cybersecurity

About the certificate

The Advanced Certificate in Cybersecurity will document a student's completion of a formally organized suite of courses in information systems security. The program will introduce a breadth of cybersecurity concepts in a foundational course that is common to all students in the program, but will allow depth in chosen areas of emphasis.

In addition to the foundational course, each student will take one course each related to analysis, design and applications as they pertain to information systems security.

The intent of the program is not to provide a comprehensive self-contained competency, but rather to provide the student with special attention, in the context of an MS program or in professional practice, to information security issues inherent in computer science / electrical and computer engineering subject matter. It therefore highlights security dimensions of existing coursework and professional experience.

Binghamton University has been designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R). 

General Academic Program Requirements

The Advanced Certificate in Cybersecurity is designed to:

  • Address depth and breadth of information science and security topics
  • Attract both CS and ECE undergraduates, or students in closely related disciplines
  • Offer flexibility in choosing courses for certificate

Students will take a common foundational course and at least on course in three focus areas.

  • Design: creation and specification of secure systems (software or hardware) from elementary design principles
  • Analysis: assess and quantify security aspects and dimensions of software and hardware systems
  • Application: use existing tools and templates to defend systems or exploit vulnerabilities to become penetration testers or "red-team" assessors

The student must maintain at least a B average in four courses spanning all four general areas:

  • Cybersecurity Foundations: Fundamentals of Computer Security (WTSN 551) or Introduction to Computer Security (CS558)
  • Design Course: Cyber-Physical Systems Security (EECE 567) or Operating Systems (CS 550)
  • Analysis Course: Science of Cybersecurity (CS559), Fundamentals of Steganography (EECE 562),  Network Security (EECE 657), Cryptography and Information Security (EECE 560) or Hardware-Based Security (EECE 658)
  • Applications: Cyber-Physical Systems Security (EECE 567), Network Computer Security (EECE 565), Software Security (CS580c), Operating Systems (CS550),  Mobile Systems Security (CS527X), Hardware and Systems Security (CS580A)


The Advanced Certificate in Cybersecurity program is open to graduate students in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, or closely related area as an add-on certificate program or as a standalone certificate program to non-matriculated students. Non-matriculated students who intend to apply to Binghamton University to earn the certificate, but not a graduate degree, are required to hold a bachelor's degree in CS, ECE or a closely related area.

To apply

Go to the Graduate School's certificate application page for more information.