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Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate for Naval Officers

Distance Learning

Program Announcement

The Naval Postgraduate School is offering the Cyber Security Fundamentals certificate (Curriculum 256) to non-resident U.S. Naval officers starting on 2 July 2018. 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

Prerequisite Requirements and Expectations

CS3690, Network Security, assumes that students have a basic knowledge of computer networking

To avoid being over your head in the program, we have created a self assessment so that you can determine if you are sufficiently prepared for the class.  Download and take the self assessment. When you are done, download the answers and determine how well you did. You do not have to get all of the answers right. Use your judgement to determine if you are ready for the certificate.

The certificate requires completion of graduate-level courses.  Each course requires the study of some combination of course material, readings, homework exercises, laboratory exercises, quizzes and exams.

Application Instructions

  • To apply to the certificate program, send and email to cyberapps@nps.edu for further instruction; officers will be selected on a first-come-first-served basis.  DO NOT directly apply to through the admissions department, your application will not be considered.
  • The NPS admissions office will send you an acceptance email if you are selected for the program.  Approximately one month prior to the start of the course the program manager will be in touch with each student to notify of login credentials and further information.

More questions?

See our FAQ.  

For further information contact cyberapps@nsp.edu