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Cybersecurity Law and Policy

Graduate Certificate

Cybersecurity risks to consumer safety, democracy, and national security create a growing need for individuals with a formal background in cybersecurity law and policy to understand the current regulations and develop new cybersecurity law and policy frameworks in this ever-shifting field. To address these risks, society requires individuals with technological expertise and cybersecurity law and policy background to help establish the proper legal frameworks for responding to the ways in which technology is disrupting existing norms and creating new challenges.

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Law and Policy is uniquely positioned to answer these demands because of its interdisciplinary approach, integrating law, business, and computer science. As a student in the program, you study US federal and state laws and regulations and major judicial opinions concerning cybersecurity, as well as the major US federal and state regulators with responsibility for cybersecurity, their regulatory powers and jurisdiction, and other tools available to them.

You explore models of cybersecurity law in other parts of the world and their likely impact on US institutions. You learn to assess cybersecurity laws, regulations, and judicial decisions in terms of their impact on institutions and individuals, cost-effectiveness, efficiency, and other legal or policy issues they might raise. You assess new technologies, applications, products, and services in terms of the cybersecurity issues they may present and their lawfulness under existing law. You also learn to understand the broader context in which cybersecurity issues occur and other values that are likely to be implicated by efforts to address cybersecurity challenges, including information privacy, freedom of expression and association, efficient commerce, and national security.

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Law and Policy prepares you for such careers as: 

  • Cybersecurity policy specialist
  • Security management specialist
  • Information security analyst
  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Vulnerability assessor
  • Privacy specialist
  • IT specialist
  • Cybersecurity specialist

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Law and Policy, you must complete at least 12 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Cybersecurity law and policy core courses (3-12 credit hours)
  • Cybersecurity law and policy elective courses (as needed to total 12 credit hours)

*Courses for this certificate program are offered both online and on campus. Please check the current course listings for online availability.

NOTE: If you choose to pursue the IU Online MS in Cybersecurity Risk Management, these certificate courses may apply to your degree requirements. Completion of the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.


To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states.

To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts 
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • At least one reference 


Students without prior legal experience, who are not concurrently enrolled in the JD program, must complete at least one credit of Introduction to US Law.

Students without a technology background must take CSCI-A 541 in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.
LAW-B 587 Information Security Law 3 Credits
LAW-B 738 --OR-- BUKD-T 578 Cybersecurity Law --OR-- Cybersecurity Law and Policy 3 Credits
CSCI-A 542 Technical Foundations of Cybersecurity 3 Credits
BUKD-T 560 IT Risk Management 3 Credits
LAW-B 536 Health Privacy Law 2 Credits
LAW-B 655 Information Privacy and Security Management Practicum 3 Credits
LAW-B 708 Information Privacy Law I Constitutional Privacy Issues 3 Credits
LAW-B 728 Information Privacy Law II Privacy Regulation 3 Credits
LAW-L 730 Seminar in Intellectual Property Law: Data Law and Policy 3 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1369.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4107.00

Additional fees will apply.

-This program is ineligible for financial aid. 

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1369.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4107.00