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Certificate in Cybersecurity

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The 100% online Cybersecurity graduate certificate program at UW-Whitewater offers studies in core areas of cybersecurity that include: cryptography, system security, network security, risk management, and emerging areas in security and privacy.  The certificate emphasizes both design and operations of secure systems through theoretical studies and a large amount of hands-on assignments and projects. It is designed for both professionals and fresh graduates with bachelor's degrees who may not wish to complete a full master's degree program, as well as those who want to integrate this certificate into their master's degree program.

This is a 12-credit certificate program that includes 3 required courses and one elective course (3 credits for each course).

Required Courses (9 credits)

COMPSCI 750            SYSTEM AND SOFTWARE SECURITY

COMPSCI 754            INTERNET SECURITY

COMPSCI 755            CRYPTOGRAPHY AND SECURITY PROTOCOLS

Elected Course (3 credits):

COMPSCI 759            TOPICS IN CYBERSECURITY

ITSCM 760                  TOPICS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT (Topic needs to be in cybersecurity)

Note that starting Fall 2020 there will be more cybersecurity course choices for the elective course.

Anyone with a bachelor's degree in any area is welcome to apply. Applicants must meet all requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, including the minimum undergraduate GPA requirement (at least 2.75/4.00 overall or 2.90/4.00 during the last half of the degree).

Applicants must have completed the following prerequisites or their equivalents before starting the certificate program:

1. Intermediate level programming

2. Discrete mathematics or discrete structures, and

3. Computer organization.

Note that requirement 2 and 3 could be satisfied by taking two separate courses from any accredited institute, or by taking one UW-Whitewater course CYBER 701 - System Fundamentals for Cybersecurity (starting Fall 2020).

The program accept applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer admissions. The deadline is two weeks before the start of each semester.

To apply, complete items 1-3on School of Graduate Studies link.

Contact Info

Program Coordinator:
Dr. Jiazhen Zhou
McGraw 104C
Phone: (262) 472-5172
Email: zhouj@uww.edu