Graduate Certificate in Information Security Management — Boston

The Graduate Certificate in Information Security Management provides a conceptual and practical overview of information security management, preparing students to further excel in the field.

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Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

6-12 months

F1 Visa Eligible


Information security is a management issue with global business implications. To succeed in today's network economy requires more than simply a focus on information technology issues. Succeeding also requires a focus on security strategy and management. IT security governance is an overarching consideration in all risk assessment and management-related endeavors and is important for information security since many issues have legal, regulatory, policy, and ethical considerations. The associated risks of business today must be clearly understood and managed. 

The Graduate Certificate in Information Security Management offers students a conceptual and practical overview of information security management. It begins with an overview of key information security management issues and principles. It presents security governance challenges including the policy, law, regulatory, and ethical accountability frameworks that information security risk managers must work within.

F-1 students must be full-time students during their first term and can take a reduced course load in their final academic term, as long as there are no other degree requirements. Students are not eligible for OPT, as they have not completed one academic year (2 quarters having been completed rather than the 3 quarters that is the academic year).

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Unique Features

  • Program includes review courses that prepare students for the CISSP and CISA exams
  • Courses from this certificate can be applied toward Northeastern's MPS in Informatics or MS in Project Management
  • Boston location on flagship campus—a hub for technology, healthcare, education, finance, business, biotechnology, and the life sciences

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Please note: The following is a sample curriculum and is subject to change. Enrolled students should reference the academic catalog for current program requirements.

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You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • English language proficiency proof: Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Admissions Details Learn more about the College of Professional Studies admissions process, policies, and required materials.

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

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Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term:

Domestic Application Guidelines

International Application Guidelines*

*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at the skills our alumni hold:


  • What They Do

    • Engineering
    • Information Technology
    • Business Development
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Program and Project Management
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Java
    • SQL
    • Software Development
    • JavaScript
    • HTML


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