Our graduate certificates related to security are structured to provide students an opportunity to advance their level of competence and understanding in areas of information security and privacy. Each certificate has similar admissions criteria and procedures, which are summarized below. Graduate certificates may be pursued concurrently with a related graduate degree program at UNC Charlotte. In addition, all coursework from a certificate can later be applied towards the MS in cybersecurity degree.


Admissions

Our graduate certificate programs are open to all applicants who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution 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.


 

Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Privacy

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 cyber security and privacy technology. Students can take coursework across the range of security and privacy courses that we offer, with 1 required introduction course and 3 security electives.

More details on the curriculum are available here. 12 credit hours.


Graduate Certificate in Network Security

The Graduate Certificate in Network Security provides professionals with an opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in cyber security for networked systems. The certificate is comprised of 4 required courses in forensics and network security, and 1 security elective.

More details on the curriculum are available here. 15 credit hours.


Graduate Certificate in Secure Software Development

The Graduate Certificate in Secure Software Development provides professionals with an opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in developing software applications that are secure. The certificate is comprised of 3 required courses in secure software development, and 2 electives in security and software development.

More details on the curriculum are available here. 15 credit hours.