GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN INFORMATION ASSURANCE & SECURITY OFFICER ESSENTIALS

Department of Computer Science
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Program Description   |   Curriculum   |   Course Descriptions
Admission Requirements   |   Graduate Degrees

Program Description:

Protecting information systems is key to protecting the nation's critical infrastructures. Only through diligence and a well-trained workforce will we be able to adequately defend the nation's vital information resources. Missouri S&T is certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) for National Standards 4011 (National Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals) and 4014E (Information Assurance Training Standard for Information Systems Security Officers (ISSO)). The NSA’s Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program implements a process to systematically assess the degree to which the courseware from commercial, government, and academic sources maps to the national standards set by CNSS.

The information assurance & security officer essentials graduate certificate program satisfies the 4011 and 4014 standards. Coordination of this certificate is through the graduate coordinators for computer science and computer engineering. The certificate will be awarded in the department of the student's choice (computer science or computer engineering).

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Admission Requirements:

The only entrance requirement for students entering a graduate certificate program is that they satisfy the prerequisites for any course they take in the program. Once admitted to the program, the student must take the designated courses. In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have an average graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses taken. Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status; however, if they complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will be admitted to the MS program in electrical or computer engineering if they apply. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the MS program will count towards their master's degrees. Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the courses in the certificate program will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses. Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program so long as he/she maintains a B average in the courses taken.

The following pre-requisite courses are specifically required as part of the CNSS certification but are not part of the certificate:

COMP SCI 3800 Introduction To Operating Systems (LEC 3.0)
This course teaches the concepts, structure, and mechanisms of Operating Systems. Topics include process management, concurrency, synchronization, deadlock, multithreading, memory management, scheduling, and internetworking. Special emphasis is given to Unix and its modern-day derivatives. Prerequisites: A "C" or better grade in all of Comp Sci 1510, Comp Sci 1200, and Comp Eng 3150.

COMP SCI 4600 Computer Communications And Networks (LEC 3.0)
Network architecture model including physical protocols for data transmission and error detection/correction, data link concepts, LAN protocols, internetworking, reliable end to end service, security, and application services. Students will implement course concepts on an actual computer network. Prerequisite: A "C" or better grade in Comp Sci 3800.

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Curriculum

Choose four courses from the following five:

  • COMP SCI 4700: Intellectual Property of Computer Scientists
  • COMP SCI 5601: Security Operations & Program Management
  • Comp Eng 5420: Trustworthy, Survivable Computer Networks
  • Comp Eng 6510/ Sys Eng 6322: Network-Centric Systems Reliability & Security
  • COMP SCI 6605: Advanced Network Security

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Course Descriptions:

Course description can be found in the catalog at catalog.mst.edu/graduate.

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Graduate Degrees

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Computer Engineering (MS)
Computer Science (MS)
Electrical Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

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