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Cybersecurity Graduate Badge

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A digital badge, or badge, is a record of achievement that recognizes a student's completion of a coherent and meaningful academic experience. GVSU offers both credit and non-credit bearing badges as digital credentials. Credit-bearing badges include anywhere from 0.5 to 15 academic credits and may include additional noncredit criteria. Credit-bearing badges are also posted to the academic transcript.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

The School of Computing's cybersecurity badge is not a degree or certificate. The badge is designed to prepare students to:

  • Analyze risk, using a variety of risk evaluation techniques.
  • Discuss legal and ethical issues related to information security.
  • Secure a network against attack.
  • Apply principles of ethical hacking to harden an operating system.
  • Apply tools and techniques to cyber forensic investigations and examinations.
  • Describe software vulnerabilities.

Why Earn a Digital Badge at Grand Valley?

  • Badges document knowledge, skills, and competencies you've gained through various learning and professional development opportunities.
  • Pursuing a badge, either in continuing education or while completing a degree, can enhance your education.
  • Digital badges can be displayed on social media, websites, and in emails.
  • Completing a badge is an opportunity for you to highlight particularly marketable and desirable skills to potential employers.
  • It is offered fully online, making it more convenient.

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Completion of a Bachelor's degree, and evidence of object-oriented programming skill is required for admission. You must submit an official transcript from your baccalaureate degree granting institution. To start your application, click here

For current GVSU students:

  • Declare your badge via myBanner. Login to Banner Self-Service, click on Student, Student Records, Add a Certificate or Badge to your Program, Select the appropriate badge from the drop down list, and click Submit.
  • Speak with the appropriate badge coordinator to ensure criteria are being met. You will be able to track your progress toward the badge in myPath as well!
  • Once you are done with the requirements, apply to receive the badge via myBanner.
  • Once the completion of your badge has been verified, the badge will be posted to your student record and will be viewable on your transcript. In addition, your digital badge will be posted on

Location & Format

Classes for the program are fully online.



The cybersecurity badge is three courses, nine credits. Required course:

  • CIS 615 - Information Security Principles

And two of the following:

  • CIS 518 - Secure Software Engineering
  • CIS 555 - Applied Cryptography
  • CIS 616 - Data Security and Privacy
  • CIS 617 - Digital Forensics and Investigations
  • CIS 618 - Secure Software Engineering
  • CIS 619 - Data Analytics for Cybersecurity

For More Information

School of Computing

Robert Adams, Ph.D.
C-2-100 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-2060



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