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Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate for Naval Officers

Distance Learning

Program Announcement

The Naval Postgraduate School plans to offer the Cyber Security Fundamentals certificate (Curriculum 256) to non-resident U.S. Naval officers starting on 2 July 2018, pending funding. Classes will be taught asynchronously. Each certificate offering will take approximately 9 months to complete with one course per quarter.


The Cyber Security Fundamentals certificate (Curriculum 256) is a graduate-level, non-degree program designed to enable U.S. Naval officers and others to gain a foundational understanding of the basic concepts and methods of computer network defense, vulnerabilities, and exploitations, with the objective of enabling informed choices that will result in better network defense.  It consists of three courses:

CS3600   Introduction to Computer Security

CS3670   Secure Management of Systems, and

CS3690   Network Security,

all of which may be applicable toward a Master's degree in Computer Science (Curriculum 368).


  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Basic understanding of computers and networking
  • Command endorsement

Application Instructions

The application cycle is currently closed for this program.  Seats fill quickly, students interested in the fundamentals certificate should reach out to cyberapps@nps.edu to obtain a spot on the waitlist.  Once funding is confirmed for the summer quarter, Cyber Apps will reach out to individuals on the waitlist with an applicant number and instructions.

More questions?

See our FAQ.  

For further information contact cyberapps@nsp.edu