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Earn a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Technology from Cleveland State University

The Washkewicz College of Engineering at Cleveland State University (CSU) is redefining what is possible. As security attacks continue to be persistent and more aggressive every day, businesses and organizations are taking major steps with their security defense and countermeasures. The newly established Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Technology program at CSU is designed for those trying to expand their knowledge and skills in cybersecurity, either from academia or industry. The certificate will give the future cybersecurity professionals a jump-start on their careers. “This certificate program offers a rigorous curriculum that not only covers the cybersecurity fundamentals, but also provides the practical security skills from legal and business perspectives,” said, Dr. Haodong Wang, Master of Computer Science (MCS) Program Director and Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department.

According to Dr. Wang, the catalyst for this certificate was, “being aware of the persistence and aggressiveness of security attacks. There is a great demand for cybersecurity professionals in the industry. In addition, the EECS Department frequently received inquiries for a cybersecurity certificate program.  All the above were the driving force for us to offer this graduate certificate program.”

Program Overview

The certificate program is housed in the department of EECS in the Washkewicz College of Engineering. The existing department resources provides the support needed for students to confidently explore their limitless potential in this area. Students will be able to enroll starting fall semester 2022.

Admission to the certificate program requires a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field. Applicants with their bachelor’s degrees in other engineering or science fields will also be considered for admission, but they may be required to take pre-requisite courses.

Dr. Wang stated, that “current graduate students can also apply for this certificate program and earn the certificate during their graduate studies program.  This program also provides local IT professionals an opportunity to develop their cybersecurity skills for their future career in the security domain.”

“We are exciting to be out front with this life-transforming program that will impact our current students, the northeast Ohio community and beyond,” said Dr. Richard Schoephoerster, Dean of the college of engineering.

View program details here.

About Washkewicz College of Engineering

​​​​​​Cleveland State University is a public institution located in Cleveland, Ohio. The university has an enrollment of more than 14,500 students in programs at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is currently awaiting reaffirmation of accreditation. Washkewicz College of Engineering offers graduate and undergraduate program. The undergraduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) ( To learn more about the College, please visit: