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Postbaccalaureate Certificate in
Information Systems Cybersecurity

Program Summary

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

How To Apply
Apply by October 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 for Professionals

The most effective way to verify knowledge, skills, and ability in the practice of information security is through education. A Penn State online Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Information Systems Cybersecurity indicates that you are committed to gaining the ability and knowledge required to detect and prevent network and cyberattacks.

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 information systems with assurances and the role of penetration testing in delivering these assurances
  • take an interdisciplinary approach to analyze the security and assurance of modern information systems
  • conduct a brief 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 you earn in the information systems cybersecurity postbaccalaureate certificate may be applied toward the 33-credit Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Homeland Security Information Security and Forensics option or the MPS in Information Sciences.

Who Should Apply?

The information systems cybersecurity certificate is open to candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in a technical or scientific discipline, including applied mathematics, computer information systems, computer science, information science, engineering, information systems, statistics, or related fields. However, the program will also consider students holding a bachelor’s degree in a non-technical or non-scientific discipline who possess sufficient background gained through work experience or professional training in information technologies such as networks, web services, and database development.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The online certificate in information systems cybersecurity can prepare you for a number of information security careers, including:

  • intel analysis
  • information assurance engineering
  • catastrophe risk analysis
  • computer systems security analysis
  • information security/digital forensics

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. 

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