The program is a rigorous and academically challenging program of online graduate study that combines a strong theoretical base with a practical focus on the important policy issues confronting managers and executives working in the cyber security, information technology, and homeland security fields. Utilizing a seminar-based case study approach, the curriculum is designed to develop and refine the skills necessary to apply innovative approaches to problem solving and to achieve resilient and adaptive patterns of thinking. The five-course curriculum is crafted to reflect the complexities and multidisciplinary character of cyber security policy and practice, providing managers, executives and other professionals with the essential knowledge, insights and skills to develop and implement cogent cyber security policies in public- and private-sector organizations. It also equips students aspiring to careers in the cyber security sphere with the information, understanding, and capabilities the field requires of its professionals.
Areas of focus include cyber terrorism, the application of cyber technology and cyber security in law enforcement and the Intelligence Community, technology issues for policy makers, and the intellectual property, civil liberties, and ethical issues that shape the practices of effective cyber security professionals. These areas of focus are set against a broader background of contemporary homeland security, homeland defense, and national security issues, threats, and strategies.
The 15 credits of the Advanced Certificate in Cyber Security Management program may form the core curriculum of the 36-credit Master of Science degree in Homeland Security Management, permitting qualified students completing the Advanced Certificate to continue their studies and earn both the Advanced Certificate and the Master's degree without any loss of credit.