Cybersecurity Certificate

Information technology and systems are a critical part of our individual, corporate and national infrastructure; ensuring their security is vital to givernment and business. The Certificate in Cybersecurity is the first step in developing a cadre of skilled information security specialists and astute information security managers. Fourteen competency areas have been identified as part of the Information Security essential body of knowledge and these areas are covered coherently in this program of study. This certificate program is designed to be further integrated into additional graduate study toward the Master of Science in Information Technology or the Master of Science in Computer Science.

Admission Criteria

This program is designed for students who have a solid background in Computer Science or Information Technology, either through formal study or professional experience.

Candidates admitted to the program must have a bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale from an accredited institution.

To apply for the program, candidates must submit a Graduate School application (, official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and a resume of work experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Yes, courses can count towards both the Security Certificate and your degree program. You can complete the certificate requirements before or after the degree requirements.

A: No, you do not need to be enrolled in a Master's program. You do need to be admitted to the graduate school and you will also need to complete or exempt the prerequisites for specific courses in the certificate program.

A: No, this program is not formal professional certification. It is an academic program authorized by the State of Maryland. Its goal is to provide a broad understanding of key topics in information security, not specific training. It does address all of the competency areas covered by the CISSP certification and provides a solid foundation for working in security areas.

Program Requirements

For program requirements, see the 2018-2019 Hood College Catalog entry (opens in a new tab).

For program planning, use the Cybersecurity Certificate Program Planning Guide

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