Cybersecurity & Cyber Defense: Computer Networking Certificate

UW-Stout's online certificate in cybersecurity is the ideal solution for busy professionals.
Degree Type Certificate
Careers & Salaries Certificate Outcomes
Delivery On Campus or Online

The Cybersecurity and Cyber Defense Certificate combines both computer networking and systems administration fundamentals, with a focus on defensive strategies to securing networking infrastructure and systems. The certificate is designed to prepare students for a career in computer networking and security.

The certificate program will help prepare students for the following prestigious industry certifications:

  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate-Security (CCNA-Security)
  • Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP-Route)
  • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Undergraduate Certificate Requirements

View the undergraduate credit course requirements and certificate plan.


The Undergraduate Certificate is only available on campus.


Graduate Certificate Requirements

View the graduate credit course requirements and certificate plan.


The Graduate Certificate is only available online.

Graduate Admission Requirements and Application Materials

To apply to the certificate program, please complete the online application form.

Additionally, the following program-specific materials are required at the time of application:

  • Unofficial transcript attached to the application

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Center for Cybersecurity and Cyberdefense

On October 6, 2017, the University of Wisconsin Stout was designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense for academic years 2017-2022 by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). UW-Stout is the first four-year university in the state of Wisconsin to receive this prestigious designation.

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has certified that the curriculum of the Computer Networking & Infrastructure Engineering (CNIE) program at UW-Stout meets or exceeds the requirements, as cited by the National Information Assurance Education and Training Program (NIETP).


As a result of the designation, students attending cyber defense programs are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.

Official letter of notification for the designation was sent to the university's administration, the Wisconsin governor, members of the U.S. Congress, and appropriate congressional committees.

This University of Wisconsin-Stout initiative serves to equip students to deliver excellence in the cyber defense field. The initiative includes serving as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education, a program jointly sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency which the University is currently seeking.

Through dedicated faculty and support from administration, the cyber defense initiative provides a core structure whereby UW-Stout can help reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure. We accomplish this by a disciplined approach to course content and program guidance, communicating with industry about current cyber defense information, and by providing leadership through collaboration among students, faculty, and other institutions. We help produce outstanding graduates.

As “Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University,” our goal is to “offer high quality, challenging academic programs that influence and respond to a changing society.” Through this initiative our graduates will understand key ideas such as data analysis, scripting, fundamental security and information assurance design, cryptography, ethics and compliance, programming, digital forensics, penetration testing, and much more. Preparing our students for these demanding responsibilities is of utmost importance.