The primary mission of the Cybersecurity Certificate program is to address the 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, but without the investment cost of a traditional 33 hour Masters Degree with a specialization in Cybersecurity. The Department actively supports faculty development in teaching and scholarship in the field of Cybersecurity. This allows Computer Science faculty to stay current in and contribute to the cybersecurity field and to incorporate state-of-the-art advances into the classroom and curricula. The secondary mission of the Cybersecurity Certificate program is service to campus, community, international activities, and faculty.
The graduate certificate in cybersecurity is designed to provide its students with the knowledge, skills and abilities associated with cybersecurity. The Certificate is composed of four courses and completion of any prerequisites required of those courses. The Certificate in Cybersecurity is a joint certificate program with the Citadel.
- A completed application form with a nonrefundable application fee of $50.
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework. An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.
- International applicants should refer to the International Students area within the “Admissions Information” section of the catalog for information on providing appropriate documentation with the application.
- One of the following two options:
- Completed an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher earned from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Completed an undergraduate GPA of 2.500 or higher earned from a regionally accredited college or university and the completion of six credits in the joint College of Charleston/The Citadel program in Computer and Information Sciences as a non-degree student with a cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher.
- Competency, demonstrated through course work, approved work experience, or a program-administrated competency exam, in the areas of basic Computer Architecture, Object-orientated Programing, Discrete Mathematics, Data Structures and Statistics. Students who do not have background in CS/IS, need a grade of B or higher in prerequisite courses.
* A separate degree-seeking application is required for admittance to a master’s degree program at the College of Charleston; Admission to the certificate program does not imply acceptance to a master’s program.
- Fall: March 1, Priority; July 1, Final
- Spring: November 1
- Summer: March 1
Transfer Credit Policy
No program specific guidelines. Please refer to the Graduate School’s transfer credit policy .
Student Learning Outcomes