Systems Security
Graduate Certificate


All Quarters


Course Format

Online, Mixed Mode, On-Site (Seattle) 

Total Credits


Transition to a Career in Tech

Nationwide talent shortage in computing enables career transition for people ready to obtain technology skills to land jobs in Organizations seeking skilled professionals. This certificate is the first step to begin the transition into an exciting, well-paid career.

Certificate Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Systems Security (SysSec)provides marketable skills grounded in the principles of systems security and to provide a solid technology foundation for further education in the Master’s in Cybersecurity and Doctor of Information Technology. Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will have gained a mastery of foundational skills in systems security to build a career in the area of technology and computing.

Learning Outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Systems Security will prepare students to:

Integrate fundamental principles and practices of advanced cybersecurity
Apply foundational knowledge of all areas of advanced cybersecurity
Apply critical and ethical thinking to solve problems in advanced cybersecurity
Evaluate data to inform decisions and solve problems in advanced cybersecurity
Create the ability to develop and express ideas while applying a variety of delivery models, genres, and styles
Collaborate effectively on diverse teams to accomplish a common goal


Preparatory Courses (20 Credits)* 

*Preparatory courses may be required for students entering the SysSec Graduate Certificate without sufficient related experience. Please see the program admissions criteria in the City University of Seattle catalog for specific information. 

CS 132 Computer Science I
CS 330 Network Communications
IS 340 Operating Systems
IS 360 Database Technologies

Certificate Requirements (12 Credits) 

ISEC 500 Cybersecurity Overview
ISEC 505 Systems Security
ISEC 525 Network and Wireless Security
ISEC 545 Data Privacy and Security

Career Opportunities

Program Manager


Ali Khamesipour

Graduates from the certificate program can apply their skills in organizations such as health, government, education, non-profit, and industry.

This is the first of three stackable certificates with credits that apply to one of five undergraduate degrees at the School of Computing and Technology.

Technology careers are listed as one of the highest-paying bachelor’s degrees pathways. For more information visit the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Click HERE for admissions and tuition information.

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