Jul 15, 2024  
Graduate Catalog | 2024-2025 
Graduate Catalog | 2024-2025

Information Security and Privacy, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Privacy provides professionals with an opportunity to advance their level of competence in the understanding, management, and applications of cybersecurity and privacy technology. Coursework towards this graduate certificate can be used for credit towards the M.S. in Information Technology  or M.S. in Cybersecurity . However, its primary objective is to provide a well-defined target for students who want to advance their knowledge and skills in understanding and applying cybersecurity technology, but do not necessarily wish to complete all the requirements for a master’s degree. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of the graduate degree programs at UNC Charlotte.

Admission Requirements

This graduate certificate program is open to all applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or institution accredited by an accepted accrediting body in a computing, mathematical, engineering or business discipline, with a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 and Junior/Senior GPA of 3.0, on a 4.0 scale.  In addition, applicants are required to have substantial knowledge of data structures and object-oriented programming in C++, C# or Java.

The requirements on GPA may be waived if an applicant is currently enrolled and in good standing in a graduate degree program at UNC Charlotte.

As part of an application for the graduate certificate program, applicants are required to submit a brief (one-to-two page) statement of educational and work experience in applying information technology.  All applications are handled centrally through the Office of Graduate Admissions.  Note: the admission process for the graduate certificate is separate from the admission process for a M.S. degree.

Certificate Requirements

The Certificate requires 12 credit hours of coursework. All requirements must be completed within five years of studies, starting from the time when the first course for the certificate is taken. Coursework taken for one graduate certificate may not be counted towards a second graduate certificate.

Certificate Total = 12 Credit Hours