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Graduate Certificate in Cyber Policy and Management

This graduate certificate, which launches Fall 2021, is currently open only to current and incoming students of the MS Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy and the MS Justice Law & Criminology programs.

The new Cyber Policy & Management five-course graduate certificate is designed for students who seek non-technical, leadership roles in cybersecurity, in the areas of cyber policy and management, within both the public and private sectors.

How to Enroll

Contact the SPA Cyber Certificate team (spacybercert@american.edu) to guide you through the enrollment process.

Why You Should Consider the Cyber Policy & Management Graduate Certificate Program

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THSP Program Director Sasha O’Connell and AU Vice Provost Diana Burley discuss how THSP students will benefit from SPA’s new Cyber Policy & Management graduate certificate.

Develop Needed Skills for the Cyber Policy Field

Students of the Cyber Policy & Management certificate will develop the following critical skills:

  • Understand how “cyber” is defined, in the context of both U.S. cyber policy and internal cyber management challenges and opportunities.
  • Understand the historic context and current dynamics of policy processes related to U.S. cyber policy.
  • Understand the current roles of government, the private sector, and individuals in the development, formalization, and implementation of U.S. cyber policy.
  • Master frameworks for analyzing cyber management issues in the public sector.
  • Compile a resource toolkit for tackling cyber management issues in the public sector.
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Learn from Faculty Experts in National Security and Cyber Policy

You will learn from faculty who are experts in the areas of cybersecurity, cyber policy, national security, technology, terrorism, intelligence analysis, criminal investigations, critical infrastructure protection, and inter-organizational cooperation at the international, national, and local levels.

Our faculty hold senior leadership roles in government, the private sector, and academia.
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Certificate Highlights

By completing the four required courses and one approved elective, THSP students can earn the graduate certificate concurrently with their master’s degree, and complete their studies within their anticipated date of graduation.

The Cyber Policy & Management certificate program will appear on the transcripts of graduates, both separately and as part of their THSP degree.

Course Requirements

The Cyber Policy & Management graduate certificate requires 15 credits (five courses), 12 of which can also be counted toward general THSP degree requirements.

Required Courses (12 credit hours total)

  • JLC 683 Cyber Threats and Security
  • JLC 665 Who’s Who in U.S. Cyber Policy
  • JLC 696 Emerging Technology for Non-Technical Policy Makers
  • JLC 695 THSP Practicum: Cyber Policy

Electives (choose at least one; three credit hours each)

  • ITEC 666 Cyber Security Risk Management
  • SIS 619 Cyber Conflict: Surveillance, Activism and Privacy
  • JLC 496/696 Cybercrime

Other elective courses can be considered based on availability and the approval of the program director.

For more information and to learn how to enroll, contact the SPA Cyber Certificate team at spacybercert@american.edu.

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