Never far from the day's headlines, data theft impacts business and consumers throughout our interconnected world. Due to a growing dependency on information security, businesses are hiring more cybersecurity professionals.

Quinlan graduate students have the unique opportunity to earn a certificate in cybersecurity from the highly ranked University of Dallas (UD) Gupta College of Business.

The online cybersecurity certificate is a graduate-level, five-course program that provides the foundational skills and knowledge for strategic cybersecurity management.


Who this certificate is for


Professionals interested in careers in areas such as threat analysis, cyber defense, network security, penetration testing, and digital forensics.

Program Highlights


University of Dallas partnership: The UD Gupta College of Business is top cybersecurity program.  While remaining a Loyola business student, you'll earn a credential from a top cybersecurity program, featuring:

  • National recognition: Since 2003, UD has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
  • Real-world curriculum: UD’s cybersecurity course content is created with expert data from the NSA, NIST, UD’s Cyber Advisory Council, and highly qualified academic and professional cybersecurity professors.
  • Top rankings: UD’s program is No. 6 on Best College’s 2019 list of the Best Online Master's in Cybersecurity Programs.

What You'll Learn


The complexities in protecting and defending infrastructures and networks that contain valuable information


Courses are scheduled to enable completion of the certificate in as fast as 4 trimesters, with students beginning the course sequence in fall or spring. Sessions meet once per week for 12-weeks on the following schedule. All courses are online.

Course Sequence

Fall Start

Fall Late August Mid November CYBS 5F70: Foundations of Cybersecurity
Spring Late January Mid April CYBS 6350: Data Protection AND
CYBS 7350: Operational Cybersecurity Management
Summer Early June Mid August CYBS 6355: Compliance and Legal Issues
Fall Late August Mid November CYBS 7357: Network Security

Spring Start

Spring Late January Mid April CYBS 5F70: Foundations of Cybersecurity
Summer Early June Mid August CYBS 6350: Data Protection
Fall Late August Mid November CYBS 6355: Compliance and Legal Issues AND
CYBS 7350: Operational Cybersecurity Management
Spring Late January Mid April CYBS 7357: Network Security

Earn microcredentials

Upon successful completion of required coursework, students receive a verified University of Dallas microcredential in “Cyber Operations.”

Microcredentials demonstrate mastery of in-demand skills to potential future employers. They can be displayed with a special digital badge from the University of Dallas on your LinkedIn account and resume. Through Acclaim, your accomplishment can be verified by employers and hiring managers.



TECH 5F70: Foundations of Cybersecurity (OR) CYBS 5F70: Information Technologies and Management (Pick one)
TECH 5F70: This course examines the global issues facing IT and Cybersecurity organizations today by providing an understanding of IT infrastructure, services, and technologies for competitiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness. Students investigate security threats faced by enterprises through the tenets of cybersecurity of confidentiality, integrity, availability, and governance.

CYBS 5F70: This course provides an introduction to the study of cybersecurity and the need to maintain confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. Students will be introduced to cyber laws and governance issues, risk management, security tools, security awareness and the ongoing responsibilities associated with maintaining a secure organization.

CYBS 6350: Data Protection
Provides a working knowledge of fundamental data protection techniques for protecting data at rest, data in motion, and data in processing. Techniques include encryption algorithms and systems (symmetric, asymmetric, standard, digital certificates, and hashes), Steganography, data masking, and data obfuscation. Examines access controls, availability, authentication, confidentiality, data integrity, and non-repudiation as well as defenses against DDOS and other data attacks. Security by diversity and security in depth are presented as fundamental requirements.

CYBS 6355: Compliance and Legal Issues
Examines legal, privacy, and compliance environments facing organizations globally. Students build an understanding of the complexities of security, compliance and legal obligations starting with a general foundation of laws and industry standards that apply across most organizations that handle sensitive data. Examination of industry verticals expand students’ knowledge of particular federal and state regulatory and industry-based obligations. It also examines how security and compliance obligations can be used to establish the security, compliance, and risk management programs for an enterprise. Equivalent to TECH 6355.

CYBS 7350: Operational Cybersecurity Management
Focuses on developing skills relative to an understanding of the business risks that exist when proper cybersecurity access controls are not effectively implemented. Students will study breach cases and have the opportunity to interface with security experts to gain an in-depth understanding of current risks, threats, and vulnerabilities organizations face. Lab simulations will be completed and each lab will be analyzed for its meaning and purpose in increasing security knowledge. Students will create a cybersecurity breach report and as a team project create an access control plan with recommendations for overcoming or minimizing cyber breach situations through the use of proper controls, the control framework, lab experiences, and other resources explored in the course. Co-requisite: CYBS 6350. Equivalent to TECH 7350.

CYBS 7357: Network Security
Provides a comprehensive explanation of network security basics including how hackers access networks and the use of network security tools to provide countermeasures. Strategies for meeting the challenges from expanded network boundaries are developed through active hands-on exercises in networked lab environments. Prerequisite: CYBS 5F70 and CYBS 6350.


Admitted and current Quinlan students should apply for the certificate program on your application status page.

Application Deadlines


This program is only for current students.

QuarterApplication DeadlineQuarter Starts


July 15

Late August


January 15

Late February

Non-Loyola students: Visit UD’s Cybersecurity page for details on all cybersecurity programs offered at the University of Dallas.

For International Applicants

Language Test Requirements

An official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score report is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; we must receive test scores directly from the testing service. The minimum acceptable total score on the Internet-Based Test (IBT) of the TOEFL exam is 90. The minimum acceptable total score on the IELTS exam is 6.5. The minimum acceptable score on the PTE exam is 61.

This requirement is waived for those who have completed a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree program or those who are citizens of or have completed a bachelor's degree at a recognized institution at which the language of instruction is English in these countries: Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

Transcript Eval

If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit your official education credentials (e.g., transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates, graduation diplomas) and evaluation fee directly to any NACES member companies including:

Please request a course-by-course evaluation report and have the official report sent to:

Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611

Please direct any questions about required credentials to the evaluation company you have selected and not to Loyola University Chicago.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The Quinlan School of Business and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their graduate business education at Loyola affordable.