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Business Cybersecurity Foundations Graduate Certificate

Aug. 21, 2024

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Develop Cybersecurity Strategies

The Business Cybersecurity Foundations Graduate Certificate is a 12-month, flexible, online program that requires 4 courses or 12 credit hours to complete. The emphasis is on developing a case for and the tools to launch a successful cybersecurity management strategy. There is a demand for individuals with specific skillsets because cybersecurity has broad-reaching impacts on just about every component of contemporary business. Cybersecurity threats to businesses are real and these incidents are becoming more severe, costly and escalating over time.

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The Business Cybersecurity Foundations Graduate Certificate is a 12-month, flexible, online hybrid program that requires 12 credit hours.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Develop and maintain data-driven justification for cybersecurity management in firms of any size or in any industry.
  • Identify cybersecurity management vulnerabilities and suggest strategies to eliminate or mitigate such vulnerabilities.
  • Establish and maintain robust data collection and warehousing infrastructure.

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Business Cybersecurity Foundations Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements

  • Create a username and password.
  • 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, 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

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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 Foundations 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 Foundations

As cyber threats continue to evolve and become more complex, the demand for professionals with skills in business cybersecurity is increasing. Graduates of a Business Cybersecurity Foundations Certificate program can expect a promising future in the field.

Career outlook for graduates with a certificate in Business Cybersecurity Foundations

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 2021 to 2031, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

What can you do with a certificate in Business Cybersecurity Foundations?

As the field continues to evolve, new specialties are likely to emerge to address emerging threats and technologies. Here are a few examples of current opportunities within the field: network security, application security, cloud security, cybercrime investigation, identity and access management and incident response.

Certificate Code - CG55

Course Requirements: Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to graduate from the program. Each required class must be completed with a grade of a C- or better. Graduate students with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) below 2.75 will be placed on academic probation.

Course Title Credit Hours
BUDA 510 Foundations of Business Intelligence 3
BUDA 520 Data Management 3
CYBR 525 Information Security Assurance Management 3
CYBR 530 Business Data Communications 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 Foundations 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).

What draws people into this field?

Several factors draw people to the cybersecurity field. Some common reasons are: increasing need, positive earning potential, challenge of the work, the opportunity to make a difference and the opportunity for continuous learning.

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