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Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity

Crack the code to your future.

With cybercrime on the rise, cybersecurity grows more vital with each passing day.

Our nation's leaders recognize cybersecurity as a national imperative, and there is an immediate need for cybersecurity workforce development in the Lowcountry. Major employers of computing professionals and the defense and business industry in the Lowcountry are increasingly interested in employees specializing in cybersecurity.

Learning outcomes:

The Citadel's Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity prepares you to play a critical role in the world of Internet security. By the end of this program, students will be able to:

1. Describe basic components of cybersecurity

2. Characterize the security profile of different types of networks

3. Analyze and use classical and public key cryptography algorithms

4. Secure a system from different kinds of attacks

5. Analyze security of a cybersystem and perform risk assessment

6. Discuss legal and ethical issues relating to cybersecurity.


The certificate is composed of four courses:

CSCI 614 Advanced Operating Systems
CSCI 631 Privacy and Security Issues
CSCI 632 Data Communications and Network
CSCI 641 Adanced Cybersecurity



Admissions requirements:

1. A completed graduate application form along with the appropriate non-refundable application fee returned to The Citadel Graduate College (CGC), Bond Hall room 101.

2. An official transcript of the baccalaureate degree and all other undergraduate or graduate work from accredited colleges and universities. Students admitted to the program are normally expected to have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0. With the approval of the joint program admissions committee, students whose grade point average is less than 3.0 may be permitted to take up to 6 credit hours of courses in a non-degree-seeking status and then apply for admission after successful completion of these courses.

3. Approval from the Program Director or Department Head before registering for any graduate Computer Science (CSCI) courses.

4. Evidence of a command of spoken and written English such as a TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 79-80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based 9if English is not the native language of citizenship).

5. Competency, demonstrated through courseswork, approved work experience, or a program-administrated competency exam, in the areas of basic Computer Architecture, Object-oriented Programming, Discrete Mathematics, and Data Structures.


For more information about the program or admission requirements, contact Dr. Mei Chen, Department Head (phone: 843-953-7896, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), or Dr. Shankar M. Banik, Program Director (phone: 843-953-5039, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


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