Cybersecurity Analytics

Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Analytics is designed to equip students with data analytic skills and context knowledge of cybersecurity.  Students will be able to apply data analytic skills to issues in cybersecurity. 

As per the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) NICE framework, Cyber Data Analyst is someone who “is responsible for data throughout its life cycle, from generating requirements to reporting conclusions. This includes the analysis as well as designing and implementing algorithms and processes for large-scale datasets.”[1]  The curriculum in Data Analysis and Big Data Econometrics will enable students to perform initial data analysis and to design and implement algorithms for large-scale datasets.  Courses in Cybersecurity Policy and Incident Response and Management will provide the cybersecurity context.

The certificate can be a stand-alone credential or can be awarded together with the M.S. in Applied Economics (MSAE) degree and/or the M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance (MSCPG, as well as with dual MSAE/MSCPG) degree.  For students in one of the programs, the Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Analytics will provide additional expertise, whether in a cybersecurity context for MSAE students or data analytics for MSCPG students. 

Quick Facts




Total Tuition*


Fully Online Certificate

* Based on completing all courses during the 2021 - 2022 Academic Year. Tuition costs generally increase each year. Total cost will be higher if courses are taken across years.


What will I study?

Required (4 courses):
ADEC7310 Data Analysis
ADEC7340 Big Data Econometrics
ADCY6050 Cybersecurity Policy: Legal Requirements & Privacy
ADCY6350 Incident Response & Management

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Application Information


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Transcripts may be emailed to 
or by mail to:

Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Regular Decision
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Online Application

- Completed Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (or a foreign equivalent) with GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Completed Statistics Course

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Academic transcripts

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university (minimum GPA 3.0)

Applicants whose undergraduate GPA falls below 3.0 will be considered for admission. Applications will be considered in light of other factors, including letters of reference and personal statement. 

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your online Application Form for purposes of application review. However, official transcript(s) must also be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation.  

Boston College Alumni and Current Students:
Your BC transcript must be formally requested from the Office of Student Services and submitted to the Woods College. Woods cannot request or access transcripts independently. 

Transcripts should be mailed to: 

Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

If your academic institution provides electronic transcripts please indicate as the recipient.

Applicants whose Native language is not English are required to demonstrate English language proficiency, for required scores, visit our International Student page.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 500-750 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Application Fee

Application fee: No application fee.



Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation is required. Applicants will enter the email address of recommender in application to be requested electronically.

Please note: Letters of recommendations should be provided by Professional or Academic recommenders.