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Be Prepared

The role of the CISO is gaining in prominence. Are you ready?

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Certificate

The challenges and demands facing information security leaders grow increasingly complex.

The reality is no longer “if” your company has been hacked, or even “when.” The reality today is, “You’ve been hacked, you just don’t know it yet.” The need is growing for individuals with a cross-section of business acumen, technical ability, and expertise in cybersecurity. 

In the CISO Certificate Program, you will learn the skills you need to be an effective CISO through targeted interdisciplinary coursework and hands-on practical application, led by world-renowned faculty from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College and Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the NSA and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Heinz College is a crucial asset to cybersecurity education and practice in the United States

This six-month program, co-administered by Heinz College and the CERT Division of SEI, blends on-campus and synchronous distance learning and is designed to enhance the careers of cyber leaders.

All students admitted to the CISO Certificate Program will have at least five years of relevant managerial experience, giving you the chance to collaborate with similarly experienced peers and build exciting new relationships and networks with your cohort.

Although I entered the CISO Certificate Program at Carnegie Mellon with over five years of experience as a Chief Information Security Officer, I found many rich learning opportunities through the program. The lectures were delivered by industry experts who brought valuable perspectives, and the format of the program encouraged dialogue that provided me with new ideas that I could immediately apply in my role at Duke Health. I would strongly recommend the program for existing CISOs, as well as experienced IT and information security professionals who aspire to move into a CISO role in the future. Chuck Kesler | Chief Information Security Officer | Duke Health

CISO Certificate Program Information

Applications are currently being accepted for the Spring 2020 Cohort.

CISO Curriculum

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Graduates of the CISO Certificate Program will have access to new CISO Program modules created in the future, providing you with continuing education after the program ends. Approval is required.

Please note: This benefit does not extend to future CIO or CRO program modules, unless the student is also a graduate of those programs.


Students who complete the CISO Certificate Program and who subsequently apply for and are admitted into the Heinz College MSIT Degree Program are eligible for a tuition discount scholarship. Tuition that has been paid for completing any or all of the Heinz College Executive Education certificate programs (up to $40,000) by the individual student or their sponsor/employer will be matched with a tuition discount from the MSIT program—reducing the cost to complete the MSIT degree by up to $40,000.

In order to be considered, applicants to the MSIT program should indicate their enrollment status with the CIO, CISO and/or CRO certificate program(s) on the Application for Admission.

Please note: The tuition discount is only available once a student has completed all of the certificate program’s requirements. Completion of a certificate program does not guarantee admission to the MSIT program.