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Computer and Network Security

Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Program

Patrick McDaniel
360-A Information Sciences & Technology Building
Phone: 814-863-3599
Fax: 814-865-3176
E-mail: mcdaniel@cse.psu.edu

The goal of this certificate program is to prepare security analysts and researchers to develop and apply advanced security needs of enterprise and personal environments. To be awarded the Certificate in Computer and Network Security, students must successfully complete 12 credits of course work including CSE 543, and three of the following courses: CMPSC 443, CSE 544, CSE 545, or CSE 546.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting intitution in the countryin whihc it operates. The successful applicant will possess a baccalaureate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely aligned field and is generally expected to have a minimum GPA of 3.0. International students must satisfy the Graduate School's English language requirement. Professional experience will be taken into consideration for admission. Exceptions to the minimum 3.00 grade-point average may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests.

GRE scores are not required for nondegree graduate students. Individuals who wish to apply to the graduate degree program in Computer Science & Engineering must submit a graduate-degree application for admission, along with all of the required supporting documentation, including GRE scores; successful completion of the certificate program neither implies nor guarantees admission to a graduate degree program at Penn State.

COMPUTER SCIENCE (CMPSC)

  • 443. Introduction to Computer & Network Security (3)

COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (CSE)

  • 543. Computer & Network Security (3)
  • 544. System Security (3)
  • 545. Network Security (3)
  • 546. Cryptography (3)

To be awarded the Certificate in Computer and Network Security, students must successfully complete CSE 543, and three (3) of the following courses: CMPSC 443, CSE 544, CSE 545, or CSE 546. All courses must be completed with an average GPA of 3.0; students may not earn a grade of less than B- in any single course.

 

Effective Date: Summer Session 2009
Expiration Date: Spring Semester 2017

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-07-072

Review Date: 06/12/2012

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