The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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 Charleston region are increasingly interested in employees specializing in cybersecurity. The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity is a joint program with the College of Charleston.

Learning outcomes:

The 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 Networking
CSCI 641 Advanced Cybersecurity


Seal-of-the-United-States-Department-of-Homeland-SecuritySeal-of-the-United-States-National-Security-AgencyThe Citadel has been named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the United States Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency. [ Learn More ]



Admission requirements:

1. Completion of the online graduate application along with the non-refundable application fee.

2. Submission of an official transcript of the baccalaureate degree and all other undergraduate or graduate work directly from each accredited college and university. 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 re-apply for admission after successful completion of these courses.

All admission requirements should be submitted to The Citadel Graduate College.

Prospective students must be able to demonstrate program competency through coursework, approved work experience, or a program administered exam, in the areas of basic Computer Architecture, Object-oriented Programming, Discrete Mathematics, and Data Structures.

TOEFL Requirement: Prospective students whose native language of citizenship is not English will be required to additionally submit TOEFL scores. The minimum acceptable scores are 550 paper-based, 79-80 internet based, or 213 computer-based.

Registration Requirement: All admitted students must have approval from the Program Director or Department Head before registering for any courses in the Computer Science curriculum.

For more information about the program or admission requirements, contact Dr. Mei Chen, Department Head (phone: 843-953-7882, 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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