Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security


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Program Description

Accelerated and 100% online, the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security engages with and provides a pathway for, information technology professionals seeking to commence or further progress their careers in the cybersecurity domain. It is also relevant to those seeking to enter the IT professionals who have no previous experience in the cyber discipline.

The Graduate Certificate consists of only three core units and can be used as a stepping stone into the Graduate Diploma which requires completion of another three units.  

Additionally, both of these courses can provide a pathway into the Master of Cyber Security for those who do not meet the entry requirements of the Master program.

Areas of focus

Cyber career ready

Stand out as a cybersecurity expert, with advanced technical skills and comprehensive knowledge of best practice approaches to cybersecurity.


We have been the pioneers in this field of teaching, with over 10 years’ experience offering cyber courses, from undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral. We’re also a lead partner of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), along with the WA State Government and 23 other industry, research and government partners.

Centre of excellence

ECU has one of the best cybersecurity research and education teams in Australia and is the only university with an Australian Federal Government recognised Academic Centre of Cyber Security Excellence currently offering cybersecurity degrees1.

Industry connected

Our academics have strong industry connections and regularly consult with private and public institutions including Bank West, Commonwealth Bank, WA Police, and DFAT. Two of the team are also members of Interpol’s Cyber Crime Experts Group.

Accelerated & 100% Online

Graduate sooner to take advantage of this in-demand cybersecurity field. Delivered 100% online, you could complete the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security in as little as six months whilst continuing to work full-time, meaning you can take advantage of the growing employment opportunities sooner.


1July 2018

What you will study

As a student of Cyber Security, you will develop advanced technical and hands-on skills that are immediately applicable to industry needs upon graduation.

Informed by global best practice and cutting-edge research, the course will provide you with the tools and techniques to predict, identify, and mitigate cyber risk, and the knowledge and strategies to defend and respond to threats and attacks, protecting organisations, people, their data and rights.

Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security units

  • Cyber Security
  • Networking Technologies
  • Network Security

ECU Online Master of Cyber Security

Student support

Not only will you be supported by the academic staff, with feedback and answers to your academic-related questions, but you will also receive dedicated one-on-one support for all non-academic queries from your Student Success Advisor. They are available via phone or email and provide motivation and guidance to support you to achieve your study goals.


Assessments vary from unit to unit. Please check with your Course Coordinator or Student Success Advisor about each unit assessment requirements. Assessments may include case studies, reviews, reports, portfolios, applied projects and presentations. We do not hold exams for 100% online programs.

Entry criteria

General admission requirements

To gain entry to the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security, you require a Bachelor degree in any discipline and to satisfy English competency standards. Alternatively, if you don’t have a Bachelor degree, you may gain entry by demonstrating a minimum of five years’ relevant professional experience.

Program pathways

Generally, if you complete a Graduate Certificate, you can progress to the Graduate Diploma, and from there, to the Masters by coursework degree. Usually, if you successfully complete a Graduate Certificate you can progress to the Graduate Diploma, and from there, to the Masters by coursework degree. Many courses progress from Graduate Certificate to Masters level in natural stages.

How to apply

Give us a call

We’re here to support you. You can phone and speak with one of our Student Enrolment Advisors before you begin the application process to talk through any questions you may have and help you with your application.

Gather your documents

Your Student Enrolment Advisor will advise what you will need to accompany your application. Documents for a strong application often include transcripts, certificates to verify previous studies and work experience evidence.

Apply now

Visit our website and go to our application system. The great news is you don’t have to complete the whole application in one sitting; you can save it and come back later.

To apply, you will need the course name and code, as well as scanned, certified copies of supporting documents.

Studying online with ECU

We have been Australia's top-ranked public university for student experience two years in a row. Receive the support you need to succeed when fitting study into your already busy life.

Not only are our teaching staff supportive and attentive - but you will also have a dedicated Success Advisor to support you every step of the way at ECU.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

Edith Cowan University is a young and progressive university with a strong reputation for excellence in teaching. We have been rated the maximum of five stars for teaching quality 12 years in a row. F ... Read More

Edith Cowan University is a young and progressive university with a strong reputation for excellence in teaching. We have been rated the maximum of five stars for teaching quality 12 years in a row. Fit study around your life and graduate sooner with our flexible and accessible accelerated and 100% online postgraduate courses. Read less
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