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Enterprise Information and Security Technology Architecture

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Mary Beth Rosson, Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Education
Office of the Dean
397F Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-3450

The goal of this advanced nine-credit graduate certificate in Enterprise Information and Security Technology Architecture (ENTSEC) is to provide information technology and business professionals with advanced knowledge of the enterprise information technology stack, enterprise architecture gap analysis, analytical risk management, migration planning, governance, and measurement, as well as security and network management strategy including intrusion detection, encryption, authentication, and network management.

 The certificate program is an attractive option for professionals who may also consider completing the M.P.S. in Enterprise Architecture. Up to 15 credits of Penn State coursework taken in non-degree status can count towards a graduate degree in EA, but completion of the coursework neither implies nor guarantees admission to a graduate degree program at Penn State. Courses taken in the certificate program may be applied toward a graduate degree in Enterprise Architecture, subject to restrictions outlined in the Transfer of Nondegree and Certificate Graduate Credits. Certificate students who wish to
have certificate courses applied towards a graduate degree in Enterprise Architecture must apply and be admitted to that degree program. Admission to the Enterprise Architecture graduate degree program is a separate step and is not guaranteed.

 To be awarded the certificate, students must successfully complete 9 credits of graduate course work including EA 874, EA 876, and IST 554 with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement. A bachelor's degree in a related area (e.g., information sciences, engineering, or computer science), while not necessary for admission, is helpful in the successful completion of the certificate. It is expected that students will have advanced knowledge in information technology and enterprise architecture with a minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience. Applicants with less than five years of 2 relevant professional work experience may be considered but will be required to take pre-requisite courses. For admission to the certificate, a 2.75 GPA, either overall or from the last 60 undergraduate credits, is needed. GRE scores are not required for non-degree graduate students.

Required Courses (9 credits)

EA 874 Enterprise Information Technology Architecture (3)
EA 876 Architecting Enterprise Security and Risk Analysis (3)
IST 554 Network Management and Security (3)

Pattern of Course Scheduling

The certificate is highly flexible and is designed to meet the different needs of students and organizations. The courses are delivered online through the World Campus. With online delivery, the certificate can easily fit into the work schedule of professionals from around the globe.

Student Aid

Refer to the Student Aid section of the Graduate Bulletin. Students in this certificate are not eligible for graduate assistantships.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit
these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Effective Semester: Fall Semester 2018
Expiration Semester: Fall Semester 2023


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