Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

Course information for - 2024 entry

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

$4472 CSP

Start dates
ACU Term 1 - 29 Jan, ACU Term 2 - 22 Apr, ACU Term 3 - 15 Jul, ACU Term 4 - 7 Oct


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

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Commencing ACU Term 1

  • Specified UnitsITEC611Computer Networks

    This unit may be completed in ACU Online Term 3 instead.

    10 cp
  • Specified UnitsITEC615Information Technology Essentials

    This unit may be completed in ACU Online Term 3 instead.

    10 cp
  • Specified UnitsITEC614Cyber Security Concepts

    This unit may be completed in ACU Online Term 4 instead.

    10 cp
  • Specified UnitsITEC624Network Security and Applications

    This unit may be completed in ACU Online Term 4 instead.

    10 cp

Graduate statement


As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

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 2024 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*

$4472 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per year.

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

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • 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.


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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