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  • Computing Systems Security and Privacy Graduate Online Certificate Program

    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Computing Systems Security and Privacy

    Drexel University’s virtual graduate certificate is an industry-focused program designed to give you deep technical knowledge in computer systems security and privacy. The curriculum combines foundational courses with electives in areas like operating systems, computer networks, and cryptography to offer you a well-rounded look at the field. You’ll be able to immediately apply what you learn in class to an industry setting. And, with an estimated 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally in 2021, you’ll be prepared to meet the growing demand for computer systems security professionals.

    Program Features

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    Drexel University offers multiple virtual certificate and degree programs in computer science and computer systems security to help you advance your career.


    State restrictions may apply to some programs.

    Curriculum

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses
    CS 590 Privacy 3.0
    CS 645 Network Security 3.0
    SE 578 Security Engineering 3.0
    Elective Courses (choose 2) 6.0
    CS 523
    Cryptography
    CS 543
    Operating Systems
    CS 544
    Computer Networks
    CS 613
    Machine Learning
    Total Credits 15.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year bachelor's or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related STEM degree, plus work experience equal to Drexel's Graduate Certificate in Computer Science
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelor’s degree or above

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
    • One letter of recommendation, two suggested (academic, professional, or both)
    • Essay/Statement of Purpose
      • In approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success, and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you.
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2021-2022 is $1355 per credit.

    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

     

    Academic Calendar

    2021-2022 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2021

    September 20, 2021

    December 4, 2021

    December 6, 2021

    December 11, 2021

    Winter 2022

    January 3, 2022

    March 12, 2022

    March 14, 2022

    March 19, 2022

    Spring 2022

    March 28, 2022

    June 4, 2022

    June 6, 2022

    June 11, 2022

    Summer 2022

    June 20, 2022

    August 27, 2022

    August 29, 2022

    September 3, 2022

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