Online Graduate Certificate in Information Security

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Program at a Glance
  • Develop the critical knowledge and technical skills to pursue career advancement in the information security field.
  • Focus on key IT areas including network security tools, computer security, penetration testing, ethical hacking, and cryptography.
  • Gain proficiency in various types of software such as network security, hacking, and cryptographic tools.
  • Acquire the CEH training to sit for the Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) certification exam.
COURSE EFFORT 20 Hours per Week
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Graduate Certificate in Information Security Overview

Information security is more important than ever as today’s businesses rely on network databases to store critical information, which must be protected from hackers and attacks. Purdue Global’s online Graduate Certificate in Information Security can prepare you to protect those databases with a range of network security policies, products, technologies, and procedures.

The online Graduate Certificate in Information Security is designed to help you acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you advance in the IT field.

  • Explore network operating systems, network security, threat detection and response methods, disaster recovery planning, cryptography, and information security and risk management.
  • Evaluate the theory, principles, and practices of information systems.
  • Assess and analyze data to arrive at logical decisions for solving complex problems.
  • Apply appropriate technologies to analyze and design information systems.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: This program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in the online Graduate Certificate in Information Security program, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Career Opportunities

This program is designed to provide you with the specialized knowledge to prepare for information security careers.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Active Listening
  4. Complex Problem Solving
  5. Systems Analysis

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Take the Next Step in Your Education and Career

Prepare to Sit For Industry Certifications

Many employers prefer candidates to have certification, which demonstrates the knowledge and best practices required from information security professionals.* By earning your Graduate Certificate in Information Security, you may be eligible to take the Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) certification exam.

Get a Head Start on Your Master’s Degree

By completing a certificate, you’ll not only earn a valuable credential to make an immediate impact on your career, but you’ll also lay the groundwork for your next degree. Qualified credits can apply toward the requirements of Purdue Global's master’s degree in IT with an information security concentration.

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The curriculum in the graduate certificate in information security online focuses on key technical skills and knowledge that can be applied immediately to the field of information security.

Sample Courses
  • Management of Information Security
  • Computer and Network Security
  • Ethical Hacking and Network Defense
  • Cryptography Concepts and Techniques
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Credit Breakdown
  • Major Credits16
  • Total Credits16

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

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*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.