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Business Cybersecurity Data Analytics Graduate Certificate

Aug. 21, 2024

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Cost Per Credit Hour
Military Discount Available


Total Credit Hours

Online Courses

Learning Format

Learn to Analyze and Secure Data

The Business Cybersecurity Data Analytics Graduate Certificate, offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, will prepare both data and technology analysts for the demands and requirements of both securing and analyzing data. Cybersecurity and data analytics have a symbiotic relationship where data of all types relies on robust cybersecurity management for security and accuracy. Students will demonstrate managerial expertise in understanding and investigating complex cybersecurity ideas, evaluating data security of businesses from a data and systems security perspective, using appropriate tools to mitigate cybersecurity threats and communicating the analysis and findings of a comprehensive security audit initiative to enhance the protection and security of an organization.

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The Business Cybersecurity Data Analytics Graduate Certificate is a flexible, online program that requires 4 courses or 12 credit hours to complete.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Establish and maintain robust data collection and warehousing infrastructure.
  • Develop ethical and legal frameworks for storing and using data within databases and digital systems.
  • Analyze and draw conclusions about the accuracy and validity of data within databases and digital systems.

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Business Cybersecurity Data Analytics Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements

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  • Once an account has been created, applicants can edit the application at their discretion. Please complete all questions asked.
  • Upload an up-to-date resume: Your resume should include enough information for the admissions committee to trace your entire professional work history and should indicate any relevant affiliations.
  • Request 1 letter of recommendation through the online portal. Individual letters should not exceed one page. We recommend that your reference provide some information that is not found in the other materials being submitted.
  • Create a Statement of Purpose (not to exceed one page): Your statement of purpose should be a short, one-page essay which describes your interest in the program, why you wish to pursue the program at WVU, and how the program will help you reach your career goals.
  • Pay application fee.
  • Submit application.
  • Applicants will then need to send their transcripts to WVU's Office of Admissions. If the applicant's undergraduate school offers "e-script" (an official electronic copy of transcripts), email the transcripts to This will help expedite the admissions process. If they do not offer this service, please have your official transcripts mailed to:
    West Virginia University Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510
  • For applicants submitting GMAT/GRE scores, the program GMAT code is C2S-6D-25 or 5904 for GRE.
  • International Students are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. The WVU John Chambers School of Business and Economics TOEFL requirement is higher than the University’s - applicants must have a TOEFL score of either 580 (paper prior to July 27) or 68 (paper after July 27), 237 (computer), or 92 (Internet-based). If you have taken the IELTS instead of the TOEFL, the minimum score must be 6.5. English language exam scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions, West Virginia University, PO Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis once all parts of the application are received including transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation.

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Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Students enrolled in certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Visit Student Financial Support & Services for additional information.

Business Cybersecurity Data Analytics Graduate Certificate total degree cost: $11,580 – Residents and Non-Residents

Tuition and fees are usually not the only educational expenses you may have while pursuing a degree. You may have other costs such as books, supplies and living expenses. Please see the Estimate Costs and Aid webpage for how to estimate and plan for other potential expenses.

The future for graduates with a certificate in Business Cybersecurity Data Analytics.

As businesses and organizations continue to rely more on technology to conduct their operations, the demand for professionals with expertise in business cybersecurity data analytics is likely to increase.

Career outlook for Business Cybersecurity Data Analytics Graduate Certificate graduates

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information security analysts, which includes professionals in business cybersecurity data analytics, is projected to grow 33% from 2020 to 2030, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

What can you do with a certificate in Business Cybersecurity Data Analytics?

With the increasing adoption of cloud-based technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT), the need for professionals with expertise in cybersecurity data analytics is likely to expand beyond traditional industries such as finance and healthcare, to include areas such as manufacturing, transportation, and retail.

Certificate Code - CG54

Course Title Credit Hours
CYBR 530 Business Data Communications 3
BUDA 520 Data Management 3
CYBR 540 Information Ethics and Legal Procedures 3
ACCT 582 or BUDA 550 Fraud Data Analysis / Business Data Visualization 3

Total hours: 12

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some potential career paths in this field?

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Business Cybersecurity Data Analytics Graduate Certificate degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

  • Fraud Examiner, Investigator and Analyst Projected Growth: 5-10%
  • Business Intelligence Analyst Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook
  • Data Scientist Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook
  • Database Architect Projected Growth: 5-10%
  • Management Analyst Projected Growth: 10-15% *Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Explain the role of data in cybersecurity.

Here are a few examples of how data factors into cybersecurity:

Data protection: One of the primary goals of cybersecurity is to protect data from unauthorized access or theft. Cybersecurity professionals use a variety of techniques, such as encryption and access controls, to ensure that sensitive data remains confidential.

Data backup and recovery: Cybersecurity professionals also work to ensure that data can be recovered in the event of a cyber attack or other disaster. This may involve backing up data to a secure location and developing recovery plans to quickly restore systems and data.

Data analysis: Cybersecurity professionals also use data analysis to identify potential security threats and vulnerabilities. This may involve monitoring network traffic, analyzing log files, and using machine learning algorithms to identify patterns and anomalies.

Compliance and regulations: Many industries are subject to data protection regulations, such as GDPR or HIPAA, that require organizations to protect sensitive data. Cybersecurity professionals must understand these regulations and ensure that their organizations are in compliance.

Overall, data is a critical component of cybersecurity. Cybersecurity professionals work to protect data from a wide range of threats and to ensure that it can be quickly recovered in the event of a cyber attack or other disaster.

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