UMass Boston

Cybersecurity Management Certificate

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Acquire cutting-edge technical and managerial cybersecurity skills.

UMass Boston's fully online Cybersecurity Management graduate certificate* integrates technical and managerial cybersecurity skills to develop your expertise in information security practices, network management for cybersecurity, cybersecurity risk management, auditing, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and forensics. As cyber threats continue to increase, the U.S. faces a shortfall of cybersecurity professionals, growing cybersecurity by more than 50% since 2015. There’s never been a better time to capitalize on this field’s rapid growth.

*Course credit from a certificate will count toward a graduate degree should you choose to continue.

In this program, you will:

  • Acquire a thorough understanding of current cybersecurity techniques and methods
  • Learn to apply your cybersecurity knowledge to solve business problems
  • Emerge equipped to analyze and choose cybersecurity strategies for organizations and best practices on cybersecurity management

Oversee the security of an organization's information systems and develop and implement security policies and procedures as a cybersecurity manager. Provide expert advice to organizations on how to improve their cybersecurity practices as a cybersecurity consultant. Or, design and implement security systems to protect networks threats as a network security engineer. These are just a few of the possibilities.

Career Possibilities

Become a(n):

  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • Cybersecurity Manager
  • Security Analyst
  • Security Engineer

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How to Apply

Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of recognized standing or an international equivalent at the time of enrollment
  • A minimum, cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (or international equivalent) in all undergraduate work
  • Official transcripts for all institutions where you have earned more than 6 credits; if your transcript is in a language other than English, please include an English translation, validated by an official public translator
  • Statement of purpose
  • One (1) letter of recommendation
  • Statement of intent essay: This statement is your opportunity to show the graduate admissions committee why you wish to pursue graduate study, as well as your specific interest and goals.
  • If applicable, request official TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores to be sent to the University of Massachusetts Boston

Deadlines & Cost

Deadlines: June 1 for fall, October 1 (priority deadline) or December 1 (final deadline) for spring

Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.

Program Cost Information: Bursar's website


Required Courses (6 Credits):

  • MSIS 613 - Information Security, Privacy, and Regulatory Compliance 3 Credit(s)
  • MSIS 614 - Business Data Communications & Computer Networks 3 Credit(s)

Electives (6 Credits):
Complete two from below.

  • MSIS 625 - Cybersecurity Risk Management and Auditing 3 Credit(s)
  • MSIS 628 - Cloud Computing and Security 3 Credit(s)
  • MSIS 629 - Cybersecurity and Forensics 3 Credit(s)

Graduation Criteria

Complete twelve credits from four courses including two required courses and two electives.

Students can waive MSIS 614 if they have taken equivalent courses.

Statute of limitations: Three years.


Director of Graduate Program Operations Tara Norton [at]
(617) 287-7720

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