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Graduate Certificate in
Information Systems Cybersecurity

Program Summary

Build your understanding of information systems security, risk management, digital forensics, knowledge management, cybersecurity, crisis and disaster management, and web security and privacy with this online graduate certificate.

How To Apply This deadline has been extended .
Apply by November 1 to start January 10

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

15 Credits $950 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Information Systems Cybersecurity Certificate a Bridge for Advancement

The most effective way to acquire the knowledge and abilities necessary to successfully practice information security is through education. As the cybersecurity field is forecasted to generate many new jobs for the next generation, the industry will need more individuals with the skill set to meet this growing demand. Now is the time to consider expanding your expertise.

A Penn State Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Cybersecurity offers a bridge for individuals without an academic or professional background in cybersecurity to gain advanced education in the field. The certificate demonstrates your commitment to entering or advancing in the field and shows you have the skills required to keep information, systems, and networks safe from cyberattacks. This graduate certificate is designed to provide students with a foundation in information systems cybersecurity.

Upon completion of the course work, you should be able to:

  • understand the common body of knowledge in information cybersecurity and assurance
  • understand the core technologies used in making a networked information system secure and assured
  • understand how to build secure information systems
  • take an interdisciplinary approach to analyze the security and assurance of modern information systems
  • conduct penetration testing to identify and explore the essential vulnerability of a system

Why Penn State for Your Information Security Education

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Penn State as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. The designation demonstrates Penn State’s commitment to academic excellence in information cybersecurity and assurance education.

Credits earned in the information systems cybersecurity graduate certificate may be applied toward the MPS in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations or the MPS in Homeland Security – Information Security and Forensics option.

Who Should Apply?

The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Cybersecurity is an attractive option to candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-technical or scientific discipline who are seeking a career change or who are already working in the industry with a sufficient professional background in networking, web services, or database development. The certificate could also be a good fit for individuals who do not wish to complete a full master’s degree program or for those who might wish to take a certificate to determine if they are interested in a complete graduate degree program in cybersecurity analytics and operations.

Information Systems Cybersecurity Career Opportunities

Information systems cybersecurity professionals protect the data for organizations, companies, health care institutions, and government agencies. As the demand for educated cybersecurity professionals continues to grow, so does the gap in knowledge and skills required to fill these positions in industry, government and intelligence, and military and defense. This certificate can prepare you for a number of information security careers, including:

  • computer systems security analyst
  • intel analyst
  • information assurance engineer
  • catastrophe risk analyst
  • information security/digital forensics and cyber threat advisor
  • penetration tester
  • information security director

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions. 

Note: This program is under review for GI Bill® eligibility, and you may experience delays attempting to use GI Bill benefits toward this program until it has been officially approved.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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