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Certificate of Graduate Studies in Cyber Practitioner Preparation

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June 17, 2024

Regent’s Certificate of Graduate Studies in Cyber Practitioner Preparation can help you meet the urgent and growing demand for cyber training in the workplace by closing the gap between your cyber knowledge and hands-on skills. This 9-credit hour certificate is offered as either a stand-alone certification or as a degree-expansion. Through the Certificate of Graduate Studies in Cyber Practitioner Preparation program, you can gain an essential understanding of operating systems, key principles of networks, and experience various facets of cybersecurity within Regent’s multimillion-dollar cyber range. Regent is also a member of the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) Academic Engagement Network. The courses in the program are both asynchronous and online, allowing you to pursue them anytime, anywhere.

This certificate can help you prepare for the following:

  • Gain an essential understanding of the architecture of a Linux operating system through practice in hands-on labs.
  • Understand key principles of networks through study of example networks and hands-on labs to develop and test student-created protocols.
  • Acquire experience within Regent University’s cyber range to implement principles, secure against threats, and investigate cybersecurity incidents.
  • Prepare for five industry certifications*:
    • CompTIA Linux+
    • CompTIA Network+
    • CompTIA Security+
    • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker
    • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)

*Associated certifications may change due to industry demand.

Students completing this program may apply their earned credits to a Master of Science in Cybersecurity. Develop your career by acquiring the skills you need to be an expert in cybersecurity.

Please complete the Request Information form on this page to learn more about this program.

Essential understanding of the architecture of a Linux operating system. Includes hands-on labs for installing and maintaining workstations, working at the Linux command line, handling files, and providing system security. Practice includes performing maintenance tasks, user administration, data integrity, and system maintenance.
Key principles of the network physical layer, applications, and security. Real-world example networks and hands-on labs are integrated for the development and testing of student created network protocols.
Hands-on exercises within Regent’s cyber range to implement basic cyber security principles. Labe exercises to reinforce key industry certification topics and live fire hands-on incident response scenarios. Requires some synchronous availability. Prerequisites: ISYS 324 or CYBR 524 or CompTIA Network+ certification or equivalent. Pass/No Pass. Cross-listed with CYBR 381.
Hands-on exercises within Regent’s cyber range to analyze threats, design/defend network environments, and respond/investigate cyber security incidents. Lab exercises include red/blue simulation exercises. Requires some synchronous availability. Prerequisites: ISYS 324 Networks and Telecommunication Concept, CYBR 524 Network Architecture and Protocols, CompTIA Network+ certification, or equivalent. Pass/No Pass. Cross-listed with CYBR 382.
Cyber defense practitioner skills through team collaboration and hands-on exercises within Regent’s cyber range to identify, analyze, defend, and secure against emerging presented threats. Lab exercises include incident response and systems analysis exercises which include debriefs and the construction of comprehensive Incident Response reports. Requires some synchronous availability. Prerequisites: ISYS 324 Networks and Telecommunication Concept, CYBR 524 Network Architecture and Protocols, CompTIA Network+ certification, or equivalent. Pass/No Pass. Cross-listed with CYBR 383.

Given below are the prerequisites and courses that lead to particular certifications:

Certification Area UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL GRADUATE LEVEL
Course UG Pre-requisites Course Pre-requisites
CompTIA Linux+ ISYS 205 Linux System Administration ISYS 204 (Waived for Bootcamp participants) CYBR 505 Operating Systems None
CompTIA Network+ ISYS 324 Network and Telecommunication Concepts ISYS 204 (Waived for Bootcamp participants) CYBR 524 Network Architecture and Protocols None
CompTIA Security+ CYBR 381 Basic Cyber Practicum ISYS 324 or CompTIA Network+* CYBR 581 Basic Cyber Practicum ISYS 324 or CYBR 524 or CompTIA Network+*
EC Council C-EH CYBR 382 Intermediate Cyber Practicum ISYS 324 or CompTIA Network+* CYBR 582 Intermediate Cyber Practicum ISYS 324 or CYBR 524 or CompTIA Network+*
CompTIA CySA+ CYBR 383 Advanced Cyber Practicum ISYS 324 or CompTIA Network+* CYBR 583 Advanced Cyber Practicum ISYS 324 or CYBR 524 or CompTIA Network+*

*Applicants must hold a valid, unexpired CompTIA Network+ certification. Please provide documentation regarding the same.

The Certificate of Graduate Studies offers an excellent opportunity for those not seeking a master’s degree. This option is often used by those needing continuing education credits or for those who wish to complement their existing degree with additional training for career advancement. Upon completing the certificate, students have the option of applying to the master’s program, and if accepted, all courses taken toward the certificate transfer in.

Application Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Submit your application using the Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Submit Your Unofficial Transcripts

Submit your unofficial transcripts to regent.edu/items.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email requesting authorization for Regent University to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES, AACRAO or NAFSA approved agency.

Step 3: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please submit a scanned copy or photograph of it to regent.edu/items.


Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

Certificate of Graduate StudiesTuition Cost Per Credit HourTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Certificate
American Government$69512$8,340
Cyber Practitioner Preparation$6959$6,255
Cybersecurity Policy$69512$8,340
International Relations$69512$8,340
Law & Public Policy$69512$8,340
Middle East Politics$69512$8,340
National Security Studies$69512$8,340
Political Campaign Strategies & Management$69512$8,340
Public Administration$69512$8,340
Terrorism & Homeland Defense$69512$8,340

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)
University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

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*Rates are subject to change at any time.

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