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Before You Start

Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

Program code: UOA-GCCY

Applying for an online program with the University of Adelaide is a quick and easy process. Check out the steps below to learn more or get started now by creating an account.


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Step 1 – Check your eligibility

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Cyber Security, you need to meet one of the following requirements: 

  1. Bachelor of Computer Science (or an equivalent Information Technology degree) and a GPA of 4.5  


  1. relevant work experience of at least 3 years in Computer Science or Cyber Security roles  


  1. diploma or above in networking and IT plus 2 years relevant work experience. 

Pathway for students without programming experience 

To excel in the applied nature of our cyber security postgraduate programs, all our students require some experience with a programming language. If you don’t have this experience, we offer the course Foundations of Computer Science – Python A (COMP SCI 7210OL) in place of Political Institutions and Policy-Making (POLIS 7024OL). Our friendly admissions team will guide you through the enrolment process once your application has been accepted. 

Please call our online admissions team on 1300 241 539 if you require any assistance with the above entry requirements (Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 8.30 pm and Friday, 8 am to 5 pm (ACST/ACDT). 

Step 2 - Create an account and apply

  • Confirm the application close date of the next teaching period by checking the Important Dates page to avoid missing out.
  • Create an account via the University of Adelaide Application Portal
  • Complete application form and upload supporting documents which include:
    • valid photo ID (passport or driver's licence)
    • proof of citizenship / permanent residency
    • transcripts from your complete bachelor's degree, diploma or certificate (if applicable)
    • change of name documents if applicable (e.g marriage certificate)
    • English language requirements (if you are an international applicant).

Don’t worry if you do not have all of the required documents yet. You can still create an account and return at a later date to complete your application.  

Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll be hearing from our admissions team who will confirm the outcome of your application.

Step 3 - Write your ‘description of duties’

You will need to include a 250-word (maximum) statement about your relevant work experience in the Employment History section of the application portal.  

This description helps us assess whether you meet the ‘relevant work experience’ entry requirement, which we define as full-time employment in a computer science or cyber security role. Please include a detailed description of your duties and relevant professional experience.  

Please note: The following documents cannot be used to demonstrate your ‘relevant work experience’: 

  • employer references 
  • duty statements 
  • performance appraisal reports 
  • payslips 
  • group certificates 
  • superannuation benefits statements. 

Step 4 - Enrol

If your application is successful, you will then need to enrol in preparation for the start of the teaching period. You’ll need to register for a student ID and activate your student email address. The EnrolMe System will then guide you through the process of enrolling into your first course.


Application FAQs


When do I apply for FEE-HELP?

After you have been offered a place in a University of Adelaide program, you will be able to apply for a HELP loan as a part of the enrolment process.

I’m unsure if I meet the entry requirements

The team at the University of Adelaide are more than happy to discuss your unique academic and professional history to help identify whether you meet one of the various ways to meet the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security entry requirements. Phone: 1300 241 539 (Monday to Friday, 8:30AM – 5PM ACST/ADST). Email:

I want someone to walk me through my application

Book a consultation with one of our enrolment advisors here who will more than happy to assist you. 

I don’t have my academic transcript yet

If you don’t have all of the required documents yet you can still create an account and come back later to complete your application. Academic transcripts can be ordered from the institution you completed your bachelor's degree, diploma or certificate. Just make sure to submit all the required documents before the close of application date.

I am an international applicant. What are the English language requirements?

In order to study with the University of Adelaide, you must be proficient in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English as this is the language of instruction. 

You must be able to demonstrate that you meet the minimum English language requirements, however you will not require English evidence if you are a citizen or hold a passport from one of the following countries: Canada (English speaking provinces only), New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

Please download the English Proficiency Language Criteria to ensure you meet the minimum requirements.

If your original qualification documents (transcripts/course completion) were not provided in English we need: 

  1. the original-language documents, and 
  2. the certified translated documents.

Still have a question? Contact our online admissions team now

If you have any questions about your eligibility or want to know more details about the program, contact the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security admissions team either on:

Phone: 1300 241 539 (Monday to Friday, 8:30AM –5PM ACST/ADST).



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