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Information Security and Cyber Leadership, Certificate

College of Information and Communications

The demand for information security specialists and cyber leaders is at an all-time high. This degree provides the technical, social and people skills needed to succeed in this rapidly expanding field.

Not only do cyber threats and data breaches bring new challenges every day, many cybersecurity jobs are going unfilled due to demand for these professionals. This 12-hour online certificate will prepare you to help fill those openings as an information security expert and future leader in the cyber industry.

Program Highlights

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    Credit Toward Master's

    Get a jump on a master's: the courses you take for the certificate can count toward the master's degree, if you choose to pursue it.

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    High Employability

    Find a job easily: the cybersecurity industry unemployment rate has stayed close to zero for more than a decade.

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    Rewarding Income

    Earn around $100,000 a year even if you have less than five years of experience in cybersecurity.

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    Flexible Electives

    Focus this certificate on your specific interests in the cyber field, from network security to database design.

What You’ll Study

You will earn six of the 12 credit hours required for this graduate certificate via two required courses: Information Networks and Seminar in Applied Information Systems for Information Specialists. The program advisor(s) will help you choose the other two courses based on your career interests and goals.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Cybersecurity

    Protecting computer systems and networks from unauthorized access, data breaches and other security threats

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

  • Network Security

    Protecting computer networks from unauthorized access, attacks or data breaches

    Network Analysis

    Studying and understanding the structure and behavior of complex networks

    Understand Complexity

    Analyzing and synthesizing information to identify patterns and connections

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Information Specialist
  • Educator

Workplace Settings

  • Cybersecurity
  • Government
  • Education

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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