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Houghton University Announces New Programs in Cybersecurity and Financial Planning

November 28, 2023

Houghton University, New York’s leading evangelical Christian university, is proud to announce its partnership with Rize Education to offer two new programs: Cybersecurity and Certified Financial Planning. These programs are designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in these rapidly growing fields.

The Cybersecurity concentration within Houghton’s Computer Science major offers a project-based curriculum that prepares students to tackle the challenges posed by modern cybersecurity threats. With a focus on privacy, security, and safety, students will gain both theoretical knowledge and hands-on technical skills to protect digital assets from cyber criminals. This program requires only a small amount of basic programming, making it accessible to students from various backgrounds.

In addition, Houghton University now offers a Certified Financial Planning® minor, which is a CFP® Board Registered Program. This program provides students with the courses required to be eligible for the Certified Financial Planning® exam. By pursuing this certification, students can gain a competitive advantage in the financial advisory industry. CFP® professionals are trained in 72 areas of financial expertise and take a holistic approach to help clients manage their financial lives effectively.

David Davies ’01, Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Houghton University, expressed his enthusiasm about the new partnership,

One of Houghton University’s founding principles was the belief that young people equipped with a Christ-centered education in the liberal arts and sciences could make a lasting, positive impact on their communities and the world. This new partnership with Rize Education demonstrates Houghton’s commitment to ensuring that our students are equipped to lead as scholar-servants in today’s rapidly changing world.


Houghton University remains dedicated to academic excellence and recognizes the importance of keeping its curriculum relevant to meet the needs of employers today. With the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting a 17% growth in financial management roles over the next decade and 33% for cyber security, these programs at Houghton University provide students with a promising career path. The new Cyber Security and Certified Financial Planning programs are a testament to Houghton’s commitment to preparing students for success in these high-demand fields.