2024-2025 Catalog 
    May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Cybersecurity (CYBR-CT) Certificate

Location(s): Online, Ferris Main Campus

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Undergraduate Certificate

The Cybersecurity Certificate was created to increase the options available for Ferris State University students and professionals seeking to supplement their education in Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics, and Incident Response. In addition to earning the certificate, students may earn industry certifications such as Cellebrite Certified Examiner, EC Council’s Certified Network Defender (CND), and CompTIA’s Security+.

  • The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Ferris State University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.
  • The Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations has named Ferris State University as the first university to obtain designation as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence.

Program Outcomes

  1. Theory and Practice - Work as a member of an information security and/or intelligence team and effectively integrate theories and practice in an information security environment.
  2. Security Domain - Demonstrate knowledge of concepts and methodologies of the principles of information security objectives and the information security lifecycle.
  3. Networks and Devices - Set up computer networks and peripheral devices, install and maintain software; demonstrate how to handle, transport, utilize and safeguard digital devices and information.
  4. Digital Devices - Theorize ways digital devices could be used for security and criminal activity and collect and process digital information in support of an investigation or hypothesis.
  5. Digital Forensics - Demonstrate knowledge of concepts and methodologies of incidence response, cyber forensics (acquisition, preservation, analysis, and presentation of evidence) and the information security lifecycle including cyber laws, cybercrimes, incidence response, pre-incident preparation, detection, notification, initial response, strategic decisions, response, recovery, and reporting.

Admission Requirements

New Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.35 HS GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and/or 16/900 ACT/SAT
  • Applicant should show proof of high school graduation with a 2.35 GPA (on a 4.00 scale). If it is determined by the College of Business Dean’s Office/Student Academic Affairs that regular program admission criteria should be met in order to complete the certificate successfully and be a contributing member of the course, all college transcripts should be submitted to the Admissions Office.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.35 College GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • No more than 50% of the credits may be transferred from another institution.

All Certificate Requirements - 12 Credits Required

Certificate Courses - 12 Credits Required


  • Students who return to the university after an interrupted enrollment, not including summer semester, must normally meet the requirements of the curriculum which are in effect at the time of their return, not the requirements which were in effect when they were originally admitted.
  • Credit Variance - Credits required may vary based on course placement, prerequisites, etc. If you have questions, contact your advisor.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from Ferris State University, students must meet both University and Programmatic Graduation Requirements.

University Graduation Requirements

These are the minimum graduation requirements for an undergraduate certificate at Ferris State University:

  • A GPA of 2.00 or higher must be achieved for the courses within the certificate.
  • A minimum of 6 credits within the certificate must be earned.
  • A minimum of 50 percent of certificate credits must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.

Programmatic Graduation Requirements

These are the additional graduation requirements mandated by the program:

  • All requirements as specified in the All Certificate Requirements section must be met.
  • For students seeking a degree from Ferris State University, a maximum of 50 percent of the certificate credits can be from courses required in their program/major.
  • A term prior to completion of the certificate, students must log into MyFSU and complete the “Apply for Graduation”. You will receive an email back with the next steps to take. Once this is done, the Graduation Secretary will notify the Registrar who will note the completion of the certificate.

Contact Information

Accountancy, Finance, & Info Systems Department
(231) 591-2434
[email protected]

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