Certificate in Applied Cyber Operations (DL and Res) - Curriculum 225/226

Program Officer

Eric Regnier, LCDR, USN

Code CS/32, Glasgow East, Room 309

(831) 656-7980, DSN 756-7980


Academic Associate

Duane T. Davis, Ph.D.

Code CS/Ce, Glasgow East, Room 212

831-656-2239, DSN 756-2239


Program Manager

Cynthia Irvine, Ph.D.

Glasgow East, Room 211

831-656-2461, DSN 756-2461


Brief Overview

The Applied Cyber Operations certificate is a graduate-level, non-degree program designed to enable DoD and U.S. Government personnel to effectively employ cyber capabilities in an operational context and to prepare students to maintain a high state of readiness for cyber operations in the face of hostile action.

Students will be able to utilize their understanding of cyber capabilities and their employment to achieve or support both cyber and overall mission objectives while accounting for adversary activity and environmental constraints.

The program consists of three courses to be taken over a minimum of a three-quarter period. The total number of NPS graduate credits obtained for the certificate is 13 or 13.5, depending upon the choice of courses. This certificate program may be applicable toward a master's degree program in Curriculum 326.

Requirements for Entry

  • A baccalaureate degree is required.
  • Recent completion, viz. within the past five years, of courses in computer and network security, computer and communications networks. Students lacking these prerequisites may be acceptable to the program through their undergraduate records and other indicators of success.

Entry Dates

At the beginning of the Spring or Fall quarters. (March or September)

Program Length

Three quarters

Required Courses

One of the following electives.

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
CY3520Practical Network Operations



CY3602Network Operations II



CS3690Network Security



DA3104Computer Network Attack and Defense



And both of the following.

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
CY4700Defensive Cyberspace Operations



CY4710Adversarial Cyberspace Operations