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The impact of your certificate

From the individual to corporate to government levels, the security of our computer and information systems is critical to daily life. As global cyber threats become more sophisticated, the demand for cybersecurity professionals has outstripped supply. By 2026, cybersecurity job openings are expected to grow by 28%.1

Mastery of this burgeoning field requires more than technical know-how. Northeastern’s Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate prepares students with the practical, legal, and ethical background to analyze security risks and prevent intrusion in vital information systems.

The Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate enables you to:

  • Learn foundational concepts of the discipline while also mastering their technical applications.
  • Explore state-of-the-art technologies that can help you advance your career.
  • Enhance your skill set in a promising field that is predicted to grow by 28% by 2026.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to continue your education to a full Master of Science in Cybersecurity.
  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook:


Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate Curriculum


The Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate combines an understanding of information security technology with relevant knowledge from law, the social sciences, criminology, and management. The certificate program is designed for IT professionals seeking an entry point into the cyber security industry or continuing education. Certificate credits count toward completion of the Master of Science in Cybersecurity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Secure employment in entry-level cyber security positions in industry.
  • Apply effectively state-of-the-art methods and technologies in defense of industrial enterprises.
  • Learn the concepts and develop the skills to continue education to a full Master of Science in Cybersecurity, and also continue a lifelong learning process in the fast-changing cyber threat global environment.
  • Building core knowledge surrounding computer system security and network security theory, processes, and practices
  • Planning and implementing security strategies to reduce risk and enhance protection of information assets and systems
  • Identifying and addressing legal and ethical issues associated with information security, privacy, and digital rights and identifying how they inform specific information assurance plan/decisions
  • Communicating effectively, verbally and in writing, with corporate management on information assurance-related issues

Program Requirements

Core Requirements:

  • IA5010 – Foundations of Information Assurance (4 credits)
  • IA5130- Computer Systems Security (4 credits)
  • IA 5210- Information System Forensics (4 credits)


  • IA5200- Security Risk Management and Assessment (4 credits)
  • IA 5150- Network Security Practice (4 credits)
  • IA5240- Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights (4 credits)

16 total semester hours required.

Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate Curriculum

Overview Program Requirements



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