Cybersecurity Graduate Certificates

The Cybersecurity Policy and Governance program now offers three graduate certificate programs. Certificates are four courses and may be applied towards the full MS degree program if admitted. Certificate programs options:

Quick Facts

4

Courses

$14,616

Total Tuition*

Online or On Campus

Fully Online or On Campus Certificate

*Based on completing all courses during the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Tuition costs generally increase each year. Total cost will be higher if courses are taken across years.

Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Risk Management and Strategy

Our Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Risk Management and Strategy provides a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of risk management and applies them to the cybersecurity and digital risk management environments.

Taught by industry experts and faculty, you will learn to identify and analyze the methodologies for comparing digital risks and deciding between acceptance, mitigation, risk transfer and avoidance to address key cybersecurity metrics. Using a hands-on, unified approach, you will:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to address varying cyber threats and vulnerabilities
  • Understand key cyber and privacy policies and laws
  • Develop and implement incident response programs
  • Manage cyber risk and resiliency


Upon completing this Graduate Certificate, you not only will have the knowledge and skills necessary to help develop, implement, and maintain successful cybersecurity risk and resiliency programs for private and government entities, but you will also have access to, and be a part of, a network of the leading cybersecurity professionals in the nation.

What will I study?

Core Requirements (All required, 6 credits)

ADCY6050 Cybersecurity Policy: Privacy and Legal Requirements
ADCY6350 Incident Response and Management

Elective Options

ADCY6925 Cybersecurity: Risk Management & Resiliency
ADCY6400 Managing Cyber Risk: Mobile Devices & Social Networking
ADCY6475 Security in the Cloud
ADCY6600 Establishing the Business Case & Resource Allocation
ADCY6450 CYBER Investigations & Digital Forensics
ADCY6640 National Security: Law, Policy & Investigations

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Graduate Certificate in National Security and Global Affairs

Our Graduate Certificate in National Security and Global Affairs prepares you to identify, understand, and analyze today’s most pressing cyber and national security concerns impacting both governments and private industry. 

Taught by leading experts and faculty, our graduate program provides real life insight using case studies and other methodologies to address a range of issues, including:

  • The role of intelligence
  • The organizational structures of security, intelligence, and law enforcement organizations
  • State and non-state threats
  • International and national security policy, laws, and treaties
  • Globalization and the impact of COVID-19, diplomacy
  • Dealings with foreign entities (both government and business) 


Upon completing this Graduate Certificate, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, analyze, think critically, and provide sound recommendations to address and resolve the varying national security issues faced by governments and private industry. Furthermore, you will have access to, and be a part of, a network of the leading national and international security experts and professionals from government and private industry.

What will I study?

Core Requirements (All required, 6 credits)

ADCY6650 Role of Intelligence: Enabling Proactive Security
ADCY6200 International Cybersecurity

Elective Options

ADCY6450 CYBER Investigations & Digital Forensics
ADCY6050 Cybersecurity Policy: Privacy and Legal Requirements
ADCY6640 National Security: Law, Policy & Investigations
ADCY6630 Counterintelligence: Methods and Process
ADCY6620 National Security: Corporate Law & Policy
ADCY6475 Security in the Cloud

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Graduate Certificate in Computer Security 

Our Graduate Certificate in Computer Security prepares you to identify, understand, and analyze the varying technical aspects involved with cybersecurity, including operating system security, component lifecycle management, database security, server security, application security, mobile devices, BYOD, and end-point security.

Taught by practicing industry and government experts, this Graduate Certificate Program covers:

  • The roles of physical security, system hardening, firewalls, encryption, anti-virus, and malware defense
  • Identity and access management, role-based access control (RBAC), intrusion detection, and penetration testing
  • Incident response, digital forensics and investigations, and offensive and defensive capabilities


Upon completing our Graduate Certificate in Computer Security, you not only will have the knowledge and skills necessary to help develop, implement, and maintain successful cybersecurity programs for private and government entities, but you also will have access to, and be a part of, a network of the leading cybersecurity professionals in the nation.

What will I study?

Core Requirements (All required, 6 credits)

ADCY6000 Cyber Ecosystem and Cybersecurity
ADCY6300 Network and Infrastructure Security

Elective Options

ADCY6450 CYBER Investigations & Digital Forensics
ADCY6810 Cybersecurity: Designing Offensive & Defensive Capabilities
ADCY6475 Security in the Cloud
ADCY6925 Cybersecurity: Risk Management & Resiliency
ADCY6820 Cybersecurity Engineering
ADCY6830 Applied Cryptography
ADCY6475 Security in the Cloud
ADCY6840 Machine Learning & Data Analytics

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Application Information

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Transcripts may be emailed to wcasadm@bc.edu 
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

Deadlines

Regular Decision
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Online Application

Applications will be open in late July.

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 wcasadm@bc.edu 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.

Résumé

Optional

Letter of Recommendation

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