Online Graduate Certificate in Information Security

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Secure your future and the world’s data with the Online Graduate Certificate in Information Security.

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Build on your computer science experience while gaining data security expertise with the Online Graduate Certificate in Information Security at UMass Amherst. Designed for IT professionals with strong coding skills, this five-course program provides comprehensive training in security, privacy, and forensics.

Focused on developing the skills and knowledge needed to stand out in a highly competitive field, the graduate-level online program places emphasis on learning how to prevent, detect, and effectively respond to cyberattacks. Students come away with the practical and fundamental skills needed to succeed in the data security field. 


Our online programs keep pace with trends in cyber security, which we explore every day at the UMass Cybersecurity Institute, a multi-disciplinary focal point for security research and education.


With a surge in security breaches, demand for information security analysts is projected to grow 28% through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at (viewed online December 19, 2018). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.


Designed to complete in one year. Take two courses in the fall, two in the spring and wrap up in the summer. Or move at your own pace, spreading courses out over more semesters.