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Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity


This certificate is open to all graduate students and undergraduates who have completed their undergraduate requirements, although formal graduation is not required.


Appropriate technical background in computer science, informatics, or related field.

Admissions Requirements and Application Procedure

Prospective students should apply at least 90 days before the start of the semester in which they would like to enroll.

Items that are important in the evaluation process include:

  • Complete online application
  • Application fee (non-refundable). A fee waiver is provided for US active-duty military or those who have been active within the past 12 months. For consideration, submit most recent Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) and a copy of Military ID.
  • Upload a copy of the official transcript(s) from each previous undergraduate or graduate institution via the online application under the "Additional Upload" section of the "Department Information" tab. All pages from one or more transcripts should be combined into a single .pdf document.
  • Statement of Purpose essay explaining your interest in the program and academic/career goals should not exceed 400 words.
  • One letter of recommendation. Register your recommenders email for online submission when you apply.
  • Resume, listing any awards or publications.
  • We require all students who are non-native English speakers to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. TOEFL scores are good for two (2) years from the date you took the exam.  We expect a minimum score of 100 or higher on the Internet-based test (iBT), 250 on the computer-based test, or 600 or higher on the paper-based test. Submit TOEFL scores to institution 1324 and department code 78.
  • GRE is not required

All items listed above must be submitted electronically with the online application.  Do not mail any supporting materials to the Computer Science Graduate Office.  Documents submitted to Indiana University will not be returned to the student.

Academic Requirements

Students are required to complete 12 credit hours with a grade of B- or higher

At least 6 credits from the following courses:

  • INFO-I 520 Security for Networked Systems (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 521 Malware Epidemic: Threat and Defense (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 525 Organizational Informatics and Economics of Security (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 533 Systems and Protocol Security and Information Assurance (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 536 Foundational Mathematics of Cybersecurity (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 537 Legal and Social Informatics of Security (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 538 Introduction to Cryptography (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 539 Cryptographic Protocols (3 cr.)

At least 6 credits from the following courses:

  • BUKD-T 560 IT Risk Management (3 cr.) (Online)
  • BUKD-T 578 Cybersecurity Law and Policy (3 cr.) (Online)
  • BUKD-T 579 Information Systems Security (3 cr.) (Online)
  • BUS-S 538 Organizational Information Systems Security (3 cr.)
  • LAW-B 536 Health Privacy Law (2 cr.)
  • LAW-B 587 Information Security Law (3 cr.)
  • LAW-B 708 Information Privacy Law I (3 cr.)
  • LAW-B 728 Information Privacy Law II (3 cr.)
  • LAW-B 738 Cybersecurity (3 cr.)

The certificate can be completed in residence in one semester and sufficient courses are offered so that students can complete the requirements in either the fall or spring semester.  The certificate may also be pursued over multiple semesters.  Not all courses are offered every semester, so interested students are advised to check in advance to see when the courses in which they may be particularly interested are offered.  Generally, courses are not offered in the summer.  Other cybersecurity certificates are available from the Kelley School of Business and the Maurer School of Law.

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