Welcome to the Professional Institute

Leona Mitchell, Founding DirectorWelcome to the Professional Institute at the School of Computing and Information.

Cybersecurity remains one of the most significant challenges facing our world today. On average, there is a hacker attack every 39 seconds. An average of 7 million data records are compromised across the globe every day. In 2019, RiskIQ estimated that 2.4 phishing sites are created per minute.

Having a cyber-ready workforce is paramount to creating solutions to cybersecurity issues like these. Yet, it’s projected that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021. We need working professionals to help close this skill gap.

Growing your skillset to include cybersecurity benefits you too:  whether you want to expand your career options or be more competitive in your chosen field, cybersecurity skills can lead to better job security, a premium salary, and rewarding career opportunities.

But we know it’s not easy to gain the skills you need to advance your career as a working professional: you have family and personal obligations in addition to a full-time job. You need a flexible educational model that enables you to learn on your time and your terms — without sacrificing quality.

Recognizing that one size does not fit all, we at the University of Pittsburgh built an educational model that delivers customizable, quality cybersecurity education through the Professional Institute at SCI. Utilizing Pitt’s expertise across computing and information, policy, and law, the institute offers micro-credentials and a graduate certificate to provide working professionals with the education they need to meet their career goals.

With flexible offerings and a tailored format, you can complete your coursework on your terms while keeping up with your work and family obligations. Whether you enter our professional education program or earn our graduate certificate, you’ll finish with the skills you need to confidently face both current and future cybersecurity challenges—giving you a major advantage in the market.



Leona Mitchell

Founding Director, Professional Institute at the School of Computing and Information