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Graduate Computer Security Certificate

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 into Program

  1. 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.

  2. Fill out the GO-19 form needed for admission to the certificate program. Make sure you ADD a certificate to your program. You also need your advisor's signature on the form. Your advisor must approve your plan to get the Security Certificate. Please return the completed form to the Graduate Advisor, Rebecca Sexton.

  3. Once you have submitted your GO-19 form, the Security Admission Committee will meet and approve or deny your application. Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision via email. 

Course Requirements

Required Core Courses (9)
  • CS 533 Concepts of Operating Systems
  • CS 591 Introduction to Computer Security
  • CS 594 Internetworking Protocols (TCP/IP)
One of the following Courses (3)
  • CS 554 Principles of Software Engineering
  • CS 555 Software Specification and Verification
  • CS 556 Software Implementation and Testing
Three of the following courses or approved substitute courses (9)
  • CS 576 Computer Security Seminar (3)
  • CS 585 Cryptography (3)
  • CS 592 Malware (3)
  • CS 593 Digital Forensics (3)
  • CS 596 Network Security (3)