Ohio State University Cybersecurity Design and Implementation Certificate Program

By | December 3, 2023
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The Ohio State institution, also known as OSU or Ohio State, is a public land-grant research institution located in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State institution, a part of the University System of Ohio, was established in 1870 as the state’s land-grant institution and the state’s ninth university under the Morrill Act of 1862. It is one of the “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity” universities. The university’s endowment of $7.4 billion in 2023 is one of the world’s greatest.

Ohio State was originally known as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College and focused on various agricultural and mechanical disciplines, but under the direction of -Governor Rutherford B. Hayes, it developed into a comprehensive university, and in 1878, the Ohio General Assembly passed a law changing the name to Ohio State.


Ohio State University Cybersecurity Design and Implementation Certificate Program

The Cybersecurity Design and Implementation Certificate (CDIC) also allows students to enhance their knowledge or open new doors in a professional career by assisting in the resolution of cybersecurity concerns in both government and business. The CDIC is concerned with the development and implementation of cybersecurity measures in digital systems.

The Design and Implementation credential is a for-credit, graduate-level program provided entirely online, with students receiving an official credential from The Ohio State University Graduate School upon completion. The CDIC curriculum consists of four courses, and students must complete 12 credit hours in order to receive the certificate. Students can complete the certificate at their own leisure.


Cybersecurity Design and Implementation Certificate Admissions Requirements

We recommend that applicants have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, preferably Computer Science or Electrical and Computer Engineering, to be prepared for success in the CDIC certificate. Applicants with non-engineering undergraduate degrees or other engineering degrees may be considered based on the type of degree and years of technical job experience.

All CDIC applicants must submit and application packet made of the following items:

1. Application
 Applicants to the CDIC program must submit an online application to Ohio State Graduate Admissions.
2. Resume
Include a current copy of your résumé detailing your job experience. The online application method allows you to upload your résumé.

3. Academic credentials and transcripts:

Copies of transcripts from all educational institutions you have attended must be submitted for degree verification and undergraduate GPA calculation. Unofficial copies can be uploaded in the online application system to form a complete application packet, but official copies of all transcripts (raised seal or notarized) must still be submitted to the Ohio State Graduate Admission’s Office. 

4. Letters of recommendation: Make plans to prepare two suggestions. Your direct supervisor should provide one reference. The second reference can come from past employers, persons in management who oversaw your work, coworkers who have worked directly with you, or someone who is familiar with your credentials, academic history, and potential for graduate study. You will have the option of submitting your recommendations electronically or on paper. Within the online application, instructions are provided for each option.

5. Statement of Intent:  Include a short essay about why you wish to enroll in the CDIC certificate. 

6. Application Fee: A $60 non-refundable application fee is needed. Alumni of Ohio State University may be eligible for a fee waiver.

7. Test Scores: A GRE score is not required for applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (from their most recent undergraduate or advanced degree) who fulfill the CDIC program entrance standards and hold a degree from an ABET approved institution. A recommendation to enroll in the Graduate Bridge Program (to qualify for admission to the CDIC certificate) will be considered during the admissions process for the following student populations: international applicants, applicants with a degree from a non-ABET accredited institution, or applicants with a GPA below 3.0 from their most recent undergraduate or advanced degree earned.

Please contact the program with questions at or 614-514-5826.


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