Master the fundamentals of digital defense.

The University of Mary's Cybersecurity Foundations Certificate serves as a gateway to the ever-evolving field of network protection. Led by seasoned faculty, this program blends theory and hands-on lab experiences, emphasizing both technical training and ethical formation. Whether you're a working IT professional or an aspiring cybersecurity specialist, our Cybersecurity Foundations pathway will empower you to help build a safer digital world.

We work in close collaboration with an advisory board of industry leaders to ensure that our certificate curricula remain immediately applicable to evolving workforce needs.

Free Curricular Resources

Our students enjoy privileged access to no-cost course materials, lab experiences, and industry certification training through the University of Mary's partnerships with CISCO, CompTIA, and Amazon Academy.

Take the First Step

Get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission.
We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

    At a Glance

    Median annual salary for information security analysts (May 2021)

    Program Length

    9 credits/3 courses/4 months


    • Online

    Tuition per Credit


    Is This the Degree For Me?

    Who It’s For

    • High school graduates and career-changers looking for a flexible, affordable introduction to the field of cybersecurity.
    • Established IT professionals interested in gaining additional competencies.
    • Anyone seeking to learn more about basic network defense strategies

    Career Paths

    • Computer and Information Research Scientist
    • Computer Support Specialist
    • Computer Systems Analyst
    • Cybersecurity Analyst
    • Database Administrator
    • Forensics Analyst
    • Information Security Analyst
    • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
    • Server Administrators

    What You’ll Learn

    As you progress through our cybersecurity foundations program, you'll:

    • Build proficiency in essential network protection protocols.
    • Develop expertise in hardware troubleshooting and upkeep.
    • Gain a thorough understanding of cybersecurity policies and best practices. 
    • Prepare to sit for industry certification exams (A+, Network+, ISC2 Cybersecurity).

    Chart Your Course

    We offer four stackable certificates in cybersecurity, each of which you can apply toward an online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Administration.

    Program Details

    Program Information

    Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

    Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

    If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

    For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

    The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

    We welcome students from various backgrounds, including transfer students from institutionally accredited colleges and universities recognized by the US Dept. of Education and those with military or career and work experience. 

    How do I show my previous college, military, or work experience?

    Official transcripts (if applicable) from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 should be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions.

    • Did you graduate from the University of Mary? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
      • Have your transcripts sent to:
        Office of Admissions
        University of Mary
        7500 University Drive
        Bismarck, ND 58504
      • Or request to send electronic transcripts to
    • Students with previous career or work experience can earn credits for prior learning.
      • You can choose to test for prior learning credits — we convert your test scores into college credit.
      • You can request a portfolio review for prior learning credits. You’ll assemble documentation to show your experience, which will be reviewed and evaluated by an experienced faculty member.
    • Military experience can count towards a degree.
    • All of our programs require you to fill out the general application form in addition to submitting the application fee and your transcripts.
    • Any program-specific requirements you’ll need to submit in addition to the items listed above can be found in our catalog.

    At the University of Mary, we review every application on an individual basis, ensuring that the materials you submit are evaluated with care and attention. Reach out to us if you have any questions in filling out your application.

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