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Become a Cybersecurity Professional

Certificate in Applied Computing, Systems and Network

Prepare to be a successful cybersecurity professional with Boise State’s Certificate in Applied Computing, Systems and Network. Learn the fundamental principles of secure design, computational thinking, cloud computing, python programming and more. Ideal for students who are new to the cyber field; no math or technical background is required.

Add the 12-credit certificate to a bachelor’s degree or complete it as a stand-alone credential.

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About the Program

  • 100% online with asynchronous classes
  • Flexible with seven-week classes and full- and part-time schedules
  • Learn from industry-leading faculty
  • Ideal for students without an IT or cyber background
  • 12-credit program; possible to complete in two semesters

Certificate in Applied Computing, Systems and Network at a Glance

What Can You Do With A Certificate in Applied Computing, Systems and Network?

The cybersecurity industry is booming!

CyberSeek.Org reports “there were 194,000 openings for Information Security Analysts, but only 141,000 workers currently employed in those positions – an annual talent shortfall of 53,000 workers for cybersecurity’s largest job. There were 561,743 additional openings requesting cybersecurity-related skills.”

Enter an essential field and meaningful career!

Possible careers:

  • Cyber Defense Analyst
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst

What Are The Admissions Requirements?

Admissions Requirements

  • Applied computing, systems and network certificate program acceptance is dependent upon admittance to Boise State University.
  • There are no program admission application costs or additional fees.

Application Deadlines by Semester

Admission is offered each fall, spring and summer semester. Space is limited, so early application is recommended. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. The priority deadlines to submit materials are:

SemesterApplication DeadlineCourses Begin
FallJuly 15Late August
SpringDecember 1Early January
SummerApril 15Early May

How Do I Apply To This Program?

Step 1 - Apply to Boise State University

Complete the Boise State Admissions Application. On the Degree Path page within the application, select “Applied Computing, Systems and Network Certificate” from the Program or Certificate drop-down list.
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Step 2 - Request Official Transcripts

Contact the registrar offices of all the universities and colleges that you’ve attended to obtain transcripts that can be emailed to Boise State. You can also get a copy for yourself to reference.

If you have served in the military, please make sure to send your Joint Services Transcript and/or Community College of the Air Force transcript.

How Much Does This Program Cost?

Program Cost Table

Boise State Online offers reasonably priced tuition, ongoing support and degree paths that help ensure you reach your goals quickly and efficiently.

Review the following table for an example of the total program cost for a student completing the 12 credits required to earn a Certificate in Applied Computing, Systems and Network.

Boise State Application Fee (non-refundable)$50
Courses (12 total credits @ $375 per credit)*$4,500
Books (estimate)$400
Approximate Total Investment$4,950

*The per-credit fees listed in the table are for the 2024-25 academic year. Future academic year per-credit fees may vary slightly and are finalized each May.

**Costs for room, board and transportation are used to calculate financial aid and are included to disclose the full cost of attendance. These costs are not required for students pursuing a fully online degree.

Notice: Boise State and other Idaho higher education employees: fee waivers do not apply to this program.

What Classes Will I Take?

The online Certificate in Applied Computing, Systems and Network is a 12-credit program that can be completed in as little as two semesters.

Review the following table for details on required courses for the certificate.

Course TitleCredits
CORE 100 Secure Design and Computational Thinking3
CORE 101 Blue Team U3
CORE 200 Operating Systems and Cloud Operations3
CORE 201 Cyber Operations Networking3

This content is provided as a quick reference for planning your academic schedule. All official course descriptions and degree requirements are published on the undergraduate catalog site.

What Support Will I Have?

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The online Certificate in Applied Computing, Systems and Network at Boise State features a network of individuals who are here to ensure you succeed in the program. From student success coaches who guide you through the admissions process, to advisors who help you overcome challenges as you navigate your degree plan, to faculty with real-world experience, to staff who work to remove barriers and solve problems for students — we are here to help.
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