Information Systems Cybersecurity Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

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). GRE scores are not required for nondegree graduate students.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

To be awarded the certificate, students must successfully complete 15 credits of course work. A 3.0 GPA must be obtained in order to successfully complete the certificate.

Required Courses
IST 815Foundations of Information Security and Assurance3
IST 554Network Management and Security3
Select 9 credits from the following courses:9
Network Security
Computer and Cyber Forensics
Information Security Management
Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management
Web Security and Privacy
Total Credits15


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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. APPLY/CREATE: Integrate the use of disciplinary methods, techniques, and knowledge to solve practical problems.
  2. PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: Make use of ethical standards and principles of integrity as a foundation in decision-making.
  3. THINK: Search, evaluate, and synthesize literature to integrate cyber security principles into disciplines and professional fields.


Campus World Campus
Graduate Program Head Mary Beth Rosson
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) David Joseph Fusco
Program Contact

Christina Marie Fitzgerald
College of Information Sciences and Technology
E397 Westgate Building
University Park PA 16802
(814) 863-9461

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