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. Coursework towards this graduate certificate can be used for credit towards the M.S. in Information Technology. However, its primary objective is to provide a well-defined target for students who want to advance their knowledge and skills in understanding and applying cyber security technology, but do not necessarily wish to complete all the requirements for the M.S. in Information Technology. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of the graduate degree programs at UNC Charlotte.

Admission Requirements

This graduate certificate program is 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.

Knowledge and skills in the following areas, though not required for admission, will help students excel in their graduate studies:

  1. Networking technology (Example courses: ITIS 2110 IT Infrastructure and ITIS 3100 Introduction to IT Infrastructure Systems),
  2. Web based application development (Example courses: ITIS 2300 Web-Based Application Development and ITIS 3105 Server-Side Applications and Data Management),
  3. Databases (Example course: ITCS 3160 Data Base Design and Implementation),
  4. Concepts of operating systems and scripting (such as BASH, Python or Windows PowerShell).

See also Course Selection Guide for Post Baccalaureate Students.

Admission Procedure

As part of an application for the graduate certificate program, applicants are required to submit a brief (one-to-two page) statement of educational and work experience in applying information technology. All applications are handled centrally through the Office of Graduate Admissions.

 (Note: the admission process for the graduate certificate is separate from the admission process for a M.S. degree.)

Certificate Requirements

The graduate certificate must meet both the University wide graduate certificate requirements as specified in the Graduate Catalogs and the certificate specific requirements of 12 credit hours of coursework.  All requirements must be completed within four 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.

As part of the requirements of 12 credit hours of coursework, students are required to take the following core course:

  • ITIS 6200 Information Security and Privacy (3)

In addition, students are required to take 3 courses from the following list of elective courses:

  • ITIS 5220 Vulnerability Assessment and System Assurance (3)
  • ITIS 5221 Secure Programming and Penetration Testing (3)
  • ITIS 5250 Computer Forensics (3)
  • ITIS 6150 Software Assurance (3)
  • ITIS 6167 Network Security (3)
  • ITIS 6198 IT Internship Project (3)
  • ITIS 6210 Access Control and Security Architecture (3)
  • ITIS 6220 Data Privacy (3)
  • ITIS 6230 Information Infrastructure Protection (3)
  • ITIS 6240 Applied Cryptography (3)
  • ITIS 6320  Cloud Data Storage (3)
  • ITIS 6362 Information Technology Ethics, Policy, and Security (3)
  • ITIS 6420 Usable Security and Privacy (3)