The Data-Driven Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate at the School of Information Technology (SoIT) prepares a workforce that understands cybersecurity concepts, analyzes cyber threats, responds to incidents, protects data networks, and maintains IT infrastructure continuity.
This 4-course certificate can be earned as a standalone certificate, or all credits taken as part of this certificate may be subsequently applied toward a Master’s in Information Technology.
The University of Cincinnati’s online curriculum emphasizes teaching cybersecurity and data analytics software tools that industry cybersecurity professionals broadly use. Students can practice hands-on skills from completing lab exercises and individual or team projects to creating solutions to cybersecurity challenges.
In addition to our cybersecurity classes, UC Online offers several tools and resources to aid in the growth of each student. Our school is one of the few in the nation to receive grants from the NSA and the state government of Ohio. This support of our cybersecurity area of our MSIT program allows our faculty and staff to continue to push the boundaries of the industry.
In addition to our grants, the University of Cincinnati is also the home to the Ohio Cyber Range Institute. This virtual range gives you the real-life experience that is desirable to companies. This simulation lets you encounter real cybersecurity threats and allows you to work out the best solution on how to handle them.
Our faculty at UC Online have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to information technology. Professor Li is at the forefront of the cybersecurity field and teaches several of the cybersecurity classes both on campus and online. Professor Li has spent the past 16 years teaching cybersecurity and computer networking and has several papers written on the subject.
We prefer our students to focus on and develop themselves professionally in the fields they wish to pursue. No matter the background, there are resources to be successful in the field of cybersecurity.
Richard spent most of his career doing marketing but because the small business he worked for didn’t have a large IT department, many coworkers came to him for IT answers. Seeing the future of the industry, Richard decided to go pursue his Master’s in IT. With a limited background in IT, Richard started the program by taking the Bridge Courses. These courses gave him the base knowledge he would need to graduate with his Master’s in IT. With little knowledge of cybersecurity, Richard is excited to connect with more advanced students and faculty to assess whether this is the field he wants to pursue.
Amar had a natural gift for technology. He did not go to school for IT but was able to use the resources available to him on the internet to educate himself and land a job in IT. Amar is looking for some more structure and education on IT. Amar knows a little bit about cybersecurity from watching YouTube videos but has not had as much hands-on experience. Amar is excited to utilize some of the tools like the Ohio Cyber Range Institute to gain experience and develop confidence to work in the field of cybersecurity upon graduation.
Nadia knew she wanted to pursue IT from day 1 of college. She graduated with her bachelor’s in IT and landed a job doing IT work 5 years ago. Nadia is confident in her knowledge but knows having a master’s degree will increase her chances of moving up in the company. Nadia specializes in cybersecurity at her current job and is excited to take some time to really dive into the subject and learn from experts in the field.
Yes. Many of our students qualify for some type of financial aid.
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Programs can be completed full-time or part-time. Many programs are set up to be part-time, with most containing fewer than 10 credit hours in any given semester. We know you have a lot going on, so want to make sure that school can fit into your schedule. Note: There are some exceptions.
Yes. Our online students are no different from our on-campus students in that way. You get a specific ID that you can use to navigate different systems at UC and for potential student discounts.
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