Lead Certificate Chair:
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
This postbaccalaureate certificate program is designed to provide students or professionals with both a breadth and depth of training in information security. The certificate will enable those completing the program to market to academic institutions, government, and technology-based businesses.
Student will be exposed to principles, models, tools, and applications in information security that specifically focus on network security, security and risk management, digital forensics, crisis and disaster management, and web security and privacy. A distance education format is used to accommodate the needs of professionals already active in this area.
The certificate program is an attractive option not only for those who desire advanced education but do not wish a full Master's Degree program, but also for students who might wish to take a certificate to determine if they are interested in a complete post-baccalaureate degree program in Information Sciences and Technology (IST). Up to 15 credits of coursework taken in non-degree status can count towards a graduate degree in IST.
To be awarded the Certificate, students must successfully complete 15 credits of graduate course work including IST 554, IST 515, and three of the following courses: IST 451, IST 454, IST 456, or IN SC 561.
An applicant must have received, from an accredited institution, a baccalaureate degree equivalent to those required by Penn State. A bachelor's degree in a related area (e.g., engineering and science), while not necessary for admission, is helpful in the successful completion of the certificate. It is expected that students will have a basic level of competency in computer language and information technology (related work experience can be used to demonstrate such competency). International students must satisfy the Graduate School's English language requirement.
GRE scores are not required for nondegree graduate students. Individuals who wish to apply to the graduate degree program in Information Sciences and Technology must submit an application for admission, along with all of the required supporting documentation, including GRE scores.
IST 515. Information Security and Assurance (3 cr.)
IST 554. Network Management and Security (3 cr.)
Elective Courses (Select 9 credits from the following courses or other courses as approved by the College)
IST 451. Network Security (3 cr.)
IST 454. Computer and Cyber Forensics (3 cr.)
IST 456. Security and Risk Management (3 cr.)
IST 564. Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management (3 cr.)
IN SC 561. Web Security and Privacy (3 cr.)
Effective Date: Summer Session 2009
Expiration Date: Spring Semester 2014
Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2009
Blue Sheet Item #: 37-07-070
Review Date: 5/28/09
Updated by Publications: 1/11/12