Dominican and Concordia Universities Launch Joint Cybersecurity Certificate

Concordia University Chicago and Dominican University are launching this fall a Cybersecurity Governance Certificate program to prepare students for managing rapid advancements in the burgeoning information technology field. The four-course certificate program will be delivered fully online and will be taught by instructors at both universities. Courses will be scheduled so students can complete the certificate in two semesters.

The certificate is offered as an added credential for post-baccalaureate or post-master’s degree students, as well as for students currently pursuing master’s degrees in library and information science, information management, and business.

“Cybersecurity is a complex problem. It is not just a technology issue, but also a social issue that involves legal and regulatory requirements, human behavior, and organizational management.  This certificate is unique in that it addresses both the technical and social issues that surround cybersecurity. Organizations need people who can synthesize the technology and the social aspects of cybersecurity in jobs such as cybersecurity governance managers, risk and compliance management, information strategy development, data security, data governance, threat assessment, and auditors,” said Stacy Kowalczyk, professor in Dominican’s School of Information Studies and director of the Master of Science in Information Management.

Courses in the certificate program will be offered in eight-week segments and cover topics including cybersecurity threats and proactive counter attacks, risk management, and the legal, social and policy issues surrounding information privacy.

“We are excited to partner with Dominican on this certificate program that is relevant and beneficial to students as they enter today’s workforce,” says Claudia Santin, dean of Concordia-Chicago’s College of Business. “Preparing more students to solve cybersecurity challenges is increasingly crucial in a world where people want protection from identity theft and cyberattacks.”

For more information about the Cybersecurity Governance Certificate program, contact Stacy Kowalczyk at

About Dominican University

Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees through the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences, the Borra College of Health Sciences, the Brennan School of Business and the College of Applied Social Sciences. The university also offers a doctoral degree in information studies. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican University #10 of all Midwest regional master’s level universities, the best value in the Chicago area and #1 in Illinois for ensuring the social mobility of its graduates.

About Concordia University Chicago

Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university founded in the Lutheran tradition. Under the leadership of President Russell Dawn, Concordia-Chicago equips men and women to serve and lead with integrity, creativity, competence and compassion in a diverse, interconnected and increasingly urbanized church and world. Concordia-Chicago offers more than 100 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success. More than 6,000 full-time undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at Concordia-Chicago.