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Certificate of Graduate Study in Information Security and Cyber Leadership

Whether you are a cyber professional seeking to advance your skills, an active-duty service member/veteran who wants to help counter adversaries’ cyber-attacks, or a recent graduate who wants a certificate in a high-demand field, this 12-hour online certificate is uniquely positioned to prepare you to become an information security expert and future leader in the cyber industry.

There is a much higher demand for cybersecurity skills than there are available employees with those skills.

A 2020 study revealed that by 2024 there would be three million cybersecurity jobs unfilled. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the cybersecurity industry unemployment rate has stayed close to zero for over a decade, and someone with less than five years of experience in cybersecurity can earn around $100,000 a year. 

Core Courses

Required (Core) Courses - 3 credit hours each:  

  • Information Networks
  • Seminar in Applied Information Systems for Information Specialists


Two additional 3-hour courses for a total of 6 hours:

The program advisor(s) will help students choose courses based on their career interests and goals. Students in this certificate program must complete 6 hours in courses such as the following: 

  • Data Visualization
  • Information Behavior and Practices
  • Fundamentals of Data and Digital Communications
  • Knowledge Management for Library and Information Professionals
  • Government Information Sources
  • Challenges in Information Intensive Organization Administration
  • Design and Management of Databases
  • Strategic Intelligence for Information Professionals
  • Web Technologies for Information Specialists
  • Seminar in Applied Information Systems for Information Specialists
  • Implementing Data and Digital Communications
  • Special Topics in International Information Issues 

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