Graduate Certificate in Information Security
Description and Outcomes
The objective of the Graduate Certificate in Information Security program is to prepare you with the critical knowledge and technical skills to pursue career advancement in the information security field. The certificate program is designed to provide knowledge of key information technology areas including network security tools, computer security, penetration testing, ethical hacking, and cryptography. You will explore various types of software, such as network security tools, hacking tools, and cryptographic tools, and study to gain proficiency in these programs.
This certificate program could also help you prepare for the Certified Ethical Hacking certification exam. Refer to the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section for important program disclosure information.
Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate program may be transferable to certain Purdue Global degree programs.
The Graduate Certificate in Information Security program consists of a minimum of 16 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate.
- Theory and Principles: Evaluate the theory, principles, and practices of information systems.
- Decision Analysis: Assess and analyze data to arrive at logical decisions for solving complex problems.
- System Analysis and Design: Apply appropriate technologies in the analysis and design of information systems.
- Ethical Practices: Assess ethical, legal, and social issues within the information technology field.
You must meet the below admissions requirements in addition to Purdue Global's general requirements.
Prior to enrollment, you must submit an unofficial transcript indicating receipt of a bachelor's degree in information technology from an accredited institution. By the end of the first term, you must provide the University with an official copy of the transcript. Refer to the First-Term Responsibilities section for additional information.
If you enroll in a School of Business and Information Technology certificate program, you will have all course-level prerequisites waived.
Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.
Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Grid to determine enrollment eligibility.
You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.
Upon completion of the certificate program, you may be eligible to take the Certified Ethical Hacking certification exam.