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Graduate Computer Security Certificate

*Program changes pending approval for Fall 2015


The security certificate program requires admission as a graduate student. The program requires 21 hours total of graduate classes. There are  three core classes for a total of  9 hours. In addition,  four optional classes must be taken for the needed additional 12 credit hours.

How to Enroll in the Program

  • The first step, is to gain admission to our graduate CS program as either an M.S. or Ph.D candidate. Note that an M.S. candidate may choose to either get both an M.S. and the Security Certificate, or just complete the Security Certificate.
  • Once you are admitted as a graduate student, carefully fill out the GO-19 form needed for admission to the certificate program. Make sure you ADD a certificate to your program. (We won't let you make a mistake here). You also need your adviser's signature on the form. Your adviser must approve your plan to get the Security Certificate. Please return the completed form to the Graduate Coordinator.
  • Once you have submitted your form, the security admissions committee will meet and approve or deny your application. Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision via email.

Length of Program

Intended time to complete: One Year

Required Core Classes:

9 credits

  • CS 533 - Concepts of Operating Systems
  • CS 591 - Introduction to Computer Security
  • CS 594 - Internetworking Protocols (TCP/IP)

Optional Class List:

One of the following classes:

3 credits
  1. CS 554 – Principles of Software Engineering
  2. CS 555 - Software Specification and Verification
  3. CS 556 – Software Implementation and Testing

The remaining 9 credits can be from courses listed below, or approved substitute courses

  • CS 576 - Computer Security Seminar
  • CS 585 - Cryptography
  • CS 592 - Malware
  • CS 593 – Digital Forensics
  • CS 596 – Network Security


Jobs related to this program Stand Occupational Classification System Code
Computer and Information Systems Managers 11-3021
Information Security Analysts 15-1122
Database Administrators 15-1141
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 15-1142
Computer Network Architects 15-1143
Computer Network Support Specialists 15-1152