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Cyber Operations Certificate

The Undergraduate Cyber Operations and Resilience (uCORe) program at Boise State University offers more than a theory-based certificate; it’s centered in real-world application and prepares you to be an industry-ready professional, capable of creating and protecting resilient systems and networks.

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About the Program

The Cyber Operations Certificate is a part of the Undergraduate Cyber Operations and Resilience (uCORe) program. The Cyber Operations Certificate is an asynchronous, online program that prepares graduates for entry- and middle-level careers in cyber operations, information security, cybersecurity and cyber-physical systems security. Graduates will also understand the challenges of cyber operations in real-world environments.

What is a Certificate, Credential, Emphasis or Minor?

Stackable and relevant

The Cyber Operations Certificate gives you crucial cyber skills important for almost every discipline and industry. Add it to a bachelor’s degree or pursue the certificate as a stand-alone credential.

Real-world application

Certificate courses are taught by cyber industry leaders to equip you with the knowledge, skills and expertise needed for maintaining the operational effectiveness of complex business, academic and government information and physical systems.

Designed for you

The Cyber Operations Certificate is 100% online, offers full- and part-time options and seven-week course offerings. The uCORe program is designed to help you launch your career within the cyber workforce!

Cyber Operations Certificate at a Glance

What can you do with a Cyber Operations Certificate?

A recent study by Cybersecurity Ventures, predicts that 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs around the world will be unfilled by 2021. With a high demand for professionals with cybersecurity and cyber operations expertise, the Cyber Operations Certificate prepares you to operate the tools to defend and protect information systems and networks.

Possible Careers

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

What are the admission requirements?

Cyber Operations and Resilience (uCORe) program acceptance is dependent upon admittance to Boise State University.

There are no program admission application costs or additional fees.

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Interested in Taking Classes on Campus?

If you are looking for the flexibility to take courses on the Boise State University campus and online, we can help. Talk with a student success coach about your options.

How much does it cost?

Boise State Online offers reasonably priced tuition, ongoing support, financial aid options 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 Cyber Operations.

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

Other potential expenses may include a personal computer, webcam, headphones with mic, and internet access which are all required for this program. Students in the uCORe program will need a computer that meets the following processing requirements: PC – AMD Ryzen 5 or Intel Core i5; MAC – 16GB memory, 500GB drive space.

*The per-credit fees listed 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.

What Classes Will I Take?

The online Certificate in Cyber Operations 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
CPS 301 Information Assurance and Critical Thinking3
Choose two courses from the following:
CPS 401 Defensive Security (3)
CPS 402 Offensive Security (3)
CPS 403 Recovery and Forensics (3)
CPS 412 Foundational Essentials for IT Cybersecurity Practitioners3

What Support Will I Have?

The Undergraduate Cyber Operations and Resilience (uCORe) program at Boise State features a network of individuals who are here to make sure you are a success 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 cyber experience, to staff who work to remove barriers and solve problems for students, we are here to help.

Contact a Student Success Coach

Meet the Cyber Operations and Resilience Staff and Instructors

About uCORe

The uCORe program offers a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Operations and Resilience and a Cyber Operations Certificate. You can pursue the certificate individually, or add it to a non-cyber operations bachelor’s degree.

Bachelor of Science in Cyber Operations and Resilience

The cyber operations and resilience degree program equips you with practical knowledge, industry certifications and the skills needed to be a cyber warrior and achieve more in your career.

More About the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Operations and Resilience


Boise State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). This means the entire university meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality and is evaluated through a peer-review process. In addition, many academic programs have special accreditation or endorsement. For more information on why accreditation matters, refer to our FAQs.

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