Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

Course information for - 2023 entry

Study mode
0.5 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$14000 Fee-paying

Start dates
ACU Online Term 1 - January, ACU Online Term 2 - April, ACU Online Term 3 - July, ACU Online Term 4 - October


Cyber security plays a vital role in our networked global infrastructure. This course covers the theoretical foundations and application of key concepts needed to understand the security issues faced by network environments and the importance of data stewardship.

The industry and research-based projects offered by this Microsoft-certified program (Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals) give you a global perspective and make you work-ready. All our units are embedded with the United Nations sustainable goals. This program is co-designed with CISCO Networking Academy and offers free access to CISCO NetAcad resources. You can use this graduate certificate as a pathway to further expand your knowledge by completing a Master of Information Technology. Units from this course can also count towards a cyber security specialisation in the MBA.


Our graduates have pursued careers as:

  • security software developer
  • information security analyst
  • IT security consultant
  • security systems administrator
  • network engineer
  • cyber security manager

Industry partnerships

This program is co-designed with CISCO Networking Academy.

Microsoft certifications are embedded into this program:

Microsoft Certification helps you:

  • Get recognised. Build confidence and be recognised as a leader, unlock new opportunities, and share your credentials with your professional network.
  • Get ahead. Stay ahead of the curve, increase your productivity, and take your career to the next level.
  • Get hired. Certified technical skills help you prepare for job opportunities by proving to employers you have the skills they want.

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security, a student must complete 40 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 ACU Online -Term 1 and Term 3

ITEC611 Computer Networks data-versionlabel=2 >

ITEC615 Information Technology Essentials

Year 1 ACU Online -Term 2 and Term 4

ITEC614 Cyber Security Concepts

ITEC624 Network Security and Applications

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Graduate Certificate - AQF Level 8

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

  1. Equivalent of an Australian Bachelor’s degree in any discipline; or
  2. At least two years’ industry experience in a relevant role.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements for your chosen course.

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. Speak to your course consultant for more information or to discuss your eligibility.

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements for your chosen course.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

You can use this graduate certificate as a pathway to further expand your knowledge by completing a Master of Information Technology.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$14000 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 20 credit points (normally 2 units) per term.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per term;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The university reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, a scholarship and income support. Talk to your course consultant about your options.


You could be eligible for the Scholarship for ACU Online, ACU's Online Campus created to help ACU online students with the costs associated with studying. We also have university wide scholarships you may be eligible for. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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Deferment is available for one year. If you wish to defer, please speak to your course consultant.


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