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Master the skills to understand and manage cyber risks.

Certificate in Cybersecurity, Policy and Law Certificate in Cybersecurity, Policy and Law

Advance your career in cybersecurity.

We offer two ways for you to strengthen your knowledge in cybersecurity and policy — our minor and graduate certificate programs. Both prepare you to develop comprehensive policy and strengthen cybersecurity infrastructures to minimize risk.

Professional Skills

  • Information and network security
  • Ethics in cyberspace
  • Cybercrime and cybersecurity policy
  • Information privacy law and practice

Cybersecurity, Policy and Law as a Minor 

The Cybersecurity, Policy and Law minor is available to all MPA, MID, and MPIA students. It requires three courses, one taken from each partner school — GSPIA, the School of Law, and the School of Computing and Information.  

The minor can work seamlessly with your plan of study and shouldn’t require any additional time or tuition to complete.

Click here to declare a minor. 

Cybersecurity, Policy and Law as a graduate certificate 

The 15-credit graduate certificate in Cybersecurity, Policy and Law allows you to expand your knowledge and strengthen your technical expertise while building a deeper understanding of legal and public policy issues related to cybersecurity.

You can choose to study full-time or part-time, combining classes on our Pittsburgh campus with online study. For acceptance into the program, you must have a bachelor's degree. 

Program Structure

With our multidisciplinary and customizable program, you will take five courses from three nationally recognized Pitt schools.

To earn the certificate, you will complete:

  • Three courses from the School of Computing and Information
  • One course from GSPIA
  • One course from the School of Law


Students are expected to complete the program within one to two years. 



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Admission Requirements

To apply for the graduate certificate program, you must submit the following.

  • A résumé.
  • A personal statement outlining your background and your goals for the program (about two double-spaced, typed pages).
  • Two letters of recommendation from past or present supervisors (from paid or volunteer positions you have held).
  • Copies of your undergraduate transcripts (and graduate transcripts, if applicable). You may submit unofficial photocopies at the time of your application; official copies are required if you are admitted and choose to enroll.
  • A nonrefundable $50 application fee.


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