Rider University will launch an online graduate certificate program in cybersecurity beginning in fall 2023.
The 12-credit certificate program prepares students to enter a cybersecurity career in any industry and keep pace in the growing field. Students examine the theory, best practices, and methodologies needed to manage cyber risks, build their technical knowledge and research capacity, and become familiar with the legal and ethical principles of cybersecurity.
Students who complete the certificate program can apply their coursework to Rider’s online cybersecurity master’s program, if desired.
“This ‘mini-master’ title is a great option for people who may not have the time to complete a full master’s degree in one go,” says Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne, Rider Master’s Program Director in cybersecurity. “With Rider’s seven-week semester courses, a student can complete this degree in as little as one semester, depending on course availability.”
Rider cybersecurity undergraduate students in their senior year can begin their journey to a master’s degree through the certificate program by taking two graduate courses. After completing the two additional courses, they will have earned the certificate and 12 credits towards the 36-credit master’s program.
There is a critical need for more professionals in the field. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, there are 3.5 million cybersecurity professionals needed by 2025. The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks information security analysts – one of many potential career paths for graduates of the program – as one of the 10 fastest growing professions.
Rider also offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in cybersecurity. The bachelor’s degree program is delivered on campus and prepares students for a career in designing, implementing, and evaluating security measures to protect computer networks from cyberattacks. The master’s program is delivered online in seven weeks and focuses on the cybersecurity topics of data and software security, component and connection security, system and organization security, as well as security. human and societal.