Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate -- Curriculum 256 (DL), Curriculum 257 (RES)

Program Manager

Cynthia Irvine, Ph.D.

Code CS/Ic, Glasgow East, Room 211

(831) 656-2461, DSN 756-2461

Program Officer

Kehinde Adesanya "Kenny", LCDR, USN

Glasgow Hall East, Room E309

(732) 485-6203

Academic Associate

Duane Davis, Ph.D.

Glasgow Hall, Room 212

(831) 656-2733, DSN 756-2733


Brief Overview

The Cyber Security Fundamentals graduate certificate is intended to provide a technically rigorous foundation upon which to build knowledge and skills in computer network defense, attack and exploitation. Each course is comprised of both instruction and laboratory exercises involving cyber security aspects of computers and networks. These synergistic activities allow students to internalize key concepts in cyber security. The courses and material covered in the Cyber Security Fundamentals certificate satisfy prerequisite requirements for advanced courses in cyber security offered in the Computer Science Department of the Naval Postgraduate School.

Students entering this program must meet the prerequisites of the individual courses that make up the program. To this end, students are expected to have prior academic experience at the undergraduate or graduate level in computing systems and computer networking.

All of the courses in the sequence are extracted from the current set of graduate courses in the Computer and Network Security specialization offered by the CS Department. Of these, one is a core course. The total number of NPS graduate credits obtained for the certificate is up to 13.5, where laboratory credits are counted as half. This certificate program can also be applied toward a master's degree program, e.g., Curriculum 368. 

Program Length

Six months.

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
CS3600Introduction to Cybersecurity




CS4600Secure System Principles




CS3670Secure Management of Systems




CS3690Network Security