Information Security and Privacy, Graduate Certificate

12 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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Optimize Your Career with the UNC Charlotte Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Privacy

The Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Privacy at UNC Charlotte is designed for professionals looking to elevate their expertise in the dynamic fields of cybersecurity and privacy. This comprehensive program is tailored to impart an advanced understanding, management skills, and application techniques in cybersecurity and privacy technology, setting a solid foundation for a successful career in the IT security domain.

Program Overview

  • 100% Online Format: Offers flexibility and convenience, allowing students to complete the program at their own pace.
  • Accelerated Completion: Achievable in as little as 1 semester for full-time students, and 2-3 semesters for part-time students.
  • Credits Towards Advanced Degrees: Coursework can be credited towards M.S. in Information Technology or M.S. in Cybersecurity.
  • Enhanced Career Opportunities: Tailored for individuals seeking to advance their knowledge without committing to a master's degree.

Objectives & Benefits

  • Targeted Learning: Focuses on enhancing the competency of professionals in cybersecurity and privacy.
  • Flexible Pathways: Ideal for students aiming to deepen their understanding and skills in cybersecurity technology.
  • Concurrent Pursuit: Can be undertaken alongside any graduate degree programs at UNC Charlotte, maximizing learning opportunities.

Who Should Enroll?

  • Professionals seeking to upgrade their skills in information security and privacy.
  • Individuals looking to gain academic credentials for career advancement in the IT security field.
  • Students who wish to accumulate credits towards a Master's degree while specializing in cybersecurity and privacy.

Career Prospects

Alumni of the UNC Charlotte Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Privacy program are well-equipped for a variety of roles in the information security and privacy sector. Graduates have job titles such as:

  • Software Engineers
  • Computer Scientists
  • Technology Support Analysts
  • Network Engineers
  • IT Compliance Specialists

These alumni work for companies and organizations such as:

  • Wells Fargo
  • Bank of America
  • Truist Financial
  • US Department of Defense
  • Lowe's
  • US Department of Homeland Security

By choosing the Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Privacy, you are not just enhancing your professional capabilities; you are setting the stage for a thriving career in an ever-evolving technological landscape.

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Elena Artsiukhevich

Elena Artsiukhevich
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Application Deadlines: 

  • August 1 (fall)
  • December 1 (spring)
  • May 1 (summer first half term)
  • June 15 (summer second half term)

Admissions & Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized institutional accreditor.
  • Undergraduate GPA 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
    • The GPA requirement may be waived if an applicant is currently enrolled and in good standing in a graduate degree program at UNC Charlotte. 
  • Experience with object-oriented programming in C++, C#, or Java and software development experience preferred.  Fundamentals of Programming introduction course is available for those without a technical background.
  • Application materials: 
    • Official transcripts
    • Resume
    • Statement of purpose
  • Certificate Requirements:  The certificate will be awarded upon completion of four graduate level courses (12 credit hours) in the area of cybersecurity and information privacy.

The Certificate requires 12 credit hours of coursework. All requirements must be completed within five years of studies, starting from the time when the first course for the certificate is taken. Coursework taken for one graduate certificate may not be counted towards a second graduate certificate.

Four (4) graduate level, 16 week, project-based courses (12 credits)

  • ITIS 6200: Principles of Information Security and Privacy (3)
  • ITIS 6362: Information Technology Ethics, Policy, and Security (3)
  • ITIS 6420: Usable Security and Privacy (3)
  • ITIS 6230: Enterprise and Infrastructure Protection (3)

ITIS 5101: Fundamentals of Programming is available for those without a tech background


*Rates are subject to change*


  • $288.82 per credit hour

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour

Non Resident:

  • $1098.21 per credit hour

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