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Information Privacy Law and Policy

Graduate Certificate

The explosive growth in digital technologies and applications has led to hundreds of new information privacy laws in the US and internationally. As a result, there is a growing need for individuals with a formal background in information privacy law and policy to understand the current regulations and to thoughtfully develop new information privacy law and policy frameworks as technological developments continually disrupt prior conceptions of privacy.

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Information Privacy Law and Policy is uniquely positioned to answer these demands because of its interdisciplinary approach, which integrates 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 information privacy law, as well as the major US federal and state regulators with responsibility for information privacy, their regulatory powers and jurisdiction, and other tools available to them.

You explore models of information privacy law in other parts of the world and their likely impact on US institutions. You learn to assess information privacy 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 information privacy issues they may present and their lawfulness under existing law. You also learn to understand the broader context in which information privacy issues occur and other values that are likely to be implicated by efforts to address information privacy challenges, including cybersecurity, freedom of expression and association, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights, efficient commerce, and national security.

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

  • Information privacy policy specialist
  • Information security officer
  • Information security 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 Information Privacy Law and Policy, you must complete at least 12 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Information privacy law and policy core courses (3-10 credit hours)
  • Information privacy 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 master's 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 A541 in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.
B708 --OR-- B728Information Privacy Law I: Constitutional Privacy Issues --OR-- Information Privacy II: Privacy Regulation3 Credits
L664Seminar in Information Privacy3 Credits
Prerequisite: A541 Computing and Technology Boot Camp
B536Health Privacy Law3 Credits
B587Information Security Law3 Credits
B655Information Privacy & Security Management Practicum3 Credits
B738Cybersecurity3 Credits
T560IT Risk Management3 Credits
T578Cybersecurity Law and Policy3 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
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