Program Type
1 year


As the world becomes more digitally driven, cybersecurity has become one of the most urgent challenges in information technology—and that challenge is intensifying. Mapped directly to industry standards and certifications, this affordable online cybersecurity certificate program from Radford University’s Vinod Chachra IMPACT Lab empowers you to master critical IT security workplace objectives while progressing at your own pace.

Why Study Cybersecurity at Radford?

  • You get to take the courses needed to meet the curriculum requirements of several industry certification standards including: CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CISSP (7 out of 8 domains), SANS GIAC Incident Handler, and SANS GIAC Pen Tester.
  • We designed this certificate to provide working professionals with the competencies required to attain industry-standard knowledge.
  • You get to work around your schedule–the courses are all online and asynchronous to support the schedule of working professionals.
  • Self-paced learning helps you complete the certification at your own speed.

Careers and Internships

Private and public institutions today collect and store tremendous amounts of data. That data is then transported across networks and maintained by multiple computer systems, making cybersecurity a must-have skill for anyone in information technology.

The purpose of the program is to educate graduates so they can obtain an entry-level position in the cybersecurity field.  This growing field focuses on the protection of networks, data, software, and computing resources from unintended or unauthorized changes, access, or destruction. 

The BSCS will provide students the technical foundation to work in public and private organizations protecting the data, software, and hardware resources from criminal and espionage activities.  The students will also learn the foundational issues with policy and procedures necessary for organizations to ensure the safe handling of data and management of resources.

Opportunities for Cybersecurity students at Radford

In our competency-based courses, you will learn the practical application of core competencies aligned with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). Experiential learning activities develop your foundational understanding of data privacy and web threat detection, as well as provide an in-depth study of the GIAC Certified Penetration Tester (GIAC GPEN) and GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GIAC GCIH) certifications. You will also cover significant preparation materials for the ISC2 CISSP CAT, CompTIA Security+, and CompTIA Network+ certification exams. Plus, after completing this professional certificate in cybersecurity, you will earn 18 undergraduate credits you can use to pursue a degree from Radford University.

Now is the time to take the next step. Whether you are an employer looking to improve employee effectiveness and retention or an individual who wants to start a career in cybersecurity, IMPACT will take your career to the next level.