6 Courses Required

The Stanford Advanced Computer Security Certificate Program provides participants the advanced skills needed to learn how to protect networks, secure electronic assets, prevent attacks, ensure the privacy of your customers, and build secure infrastructures through this six-course certificate program.

  • Learn from the experts:

    Access the latest research and best practices from leading professionals and world-renowned Stanford faculty.
  • Take a test drive:

    New skills and knowledge you can apply directly in your work.
  • Real World value:

    Instructors evaluate real-world security attacks - learn what to do to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Benefits of better security:

    Secure software means improved productivity and significant cost savings
  • Intensive learning format:

    Course material is condensed, relevant, and designed specifically for busy professionals. Learn it today and apply it tomorrow.

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Who Should Enroll

Whether you manage small projects or large-scale initiatives, the Stanford Advanced Computer Security Certificate Program will benefit you. Participants come from various job areas such as:

  • Information Technology Professionals
  • Network Security Engineers
  • Software Developers
  • AppDevelopers
  • Software Engineers
  • System Architects
  • Systems Analysts

Earning the Certificate

Participants have the flexibility of taking individual courses within the program or earning the Stanford Advanced Computer Security Certificate by completing the 3 required courses and 3 electives.

Courses are available online at anytime.


  • $495 per online course (XACS101 $595)
  • $75 one-time document fee ?

Time to Complete Certificate

All of the courses are available online at anytime and each online course is approximately 6 - 8 hours, with the exception of Software Security Foundations (XACS101), which is approximately 11 hours. Participants are able to complete the certificate at their own pace.

We recommend you have the equivalent of a BS in Computer Science and a background in security.

We highly recommend that you take this course, Software Security Foundations (XACS101) as the 1st course within the Stanford ACS certificate program. It provides the fundamentals necessary for the subsequent courses in the program.



Stanford Advanced Computer Security Certificate Application
Program requires an accepted application. Applications may be submitted online at anytime. Sample Application