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Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate

Cybersecurity has been identified by Governor Nathan Deal's High Demand Career Initiative working group as a crucial field for businesses in Georgia. The Mike Cottrell College of Business and the University of North Georgia now offer a graduate certificate in cybersecurity. This new graduate certificate is a 12-credit summer graduate program in computer, network and information security with electives in secure software development and computer forensics.

In 2017, the U.S. employs nearly 780,000 people in cybersecurity positions with over 200,000 positions remaining unfilled. The college's new programs aim to address the fastest growing IT workforce demand, as an additional 1.5 million cybersecurity professionals are needed by 2020 nationwide. 

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Cumming
Gainesville

The program is designed for working IT professionals and recent graduates who want to deepen their expertise and skills in the critical field of cybersecurity. As companies are facing increased threats, cybersecurity spending is expected to exceed $113 billion by 2020.

The University of North Georgia is designated as an NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) and the computer science degree program has offered an undergraduate concentration in information assurance and security since 2004 as well as a minor in cybersecurity in collaboration with the Department of Criminal Justice.

In addition to a graduate certificate featuring the seals of the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security, students will be able to apply the graduate credit as electives towards the Mike Cottrell College of Business's Cottrell MBA.

Cybersecurity Graduate Courses

To obtain the Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity, students will complete 10 credit hours of graduate-level computer science courses to meet the requirement of the certificate program over the summer semester.

Those courses include:

  • CSCI 6010 - Cybersecurity Foundations (1 hour)
  • CSCI 6250 - Advanced Computer Security (3 hours)
  • CSCI 6650 - Advanced Network Security (3 hours)

And, students must select one of the following:

  • CSCI 6350 - Advanced Computer Forensics (3 hours)
  • CSCI 6450 - Software Development Security (3 hours)
  • Another 3 credit-hour Graduate-level CSCI course with prior Department Head approval

Students pursuing the Cottrell MBA who would like to take these courses to meet the elective requirement for the program must meet the proficiency requirement to admitted into one of these courses.

Applying for the Program

In order to participate in the program, prospective students will need to apply as a non-degree seeking student to Graduate Admissions.

Students also must be able to demonstrate technical proficiency in at least two of the following areas to gain admission: Programming, Systems, Networking, Forensics, or Cryptography. Students with an existing bachelor's or master's degree in CS/IS/IT or a closely related field will be deemed to meet the technical proficiency requirement.

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