GraDUATE  CERTIFICATE  in Cybersecurity and InformatIon Assurance Management


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Program Description:

Cybersecurity and Information Assurance are continuing to grow in importance. Mangement aspects of these areas are becoming ever more important. Our research activities reveal this need; our Advisory Board tells us of this need; and employers at Career Fairs tell us of this need.


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This graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a BS, MS or PHD degree in areas such as business, computer science, social sciences, sciences, technology, engineering, or related disciplines. The certificate program consists of four courses. In order to receive a Graduate Certificate, the student must have an average graduate cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the certificate courses taken. Students admitted only to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. The core courses will be offered at least once per year. The courses in the certificate program will be offered such that students can complete the program in a timely manner. If the four-course sequence approved by the graduate advisor is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will, upon application, be admitted to the Master of Business Administration or to the Master of Science in Information Science and Technology. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count towards the MBA program or the M.S. in Information Science and Technology degree program. Once admitted to the Certificate program, a student will be given five years to complete the program as long as a B or better average is maintained in the courses taken.

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The requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Management include:

  • BUS 5910 Privacy and Information Security Law
  • IST 6780 Adv Human and Organizational Factors in Cybersecurity

Add two of the following:

  • ERP 5240 Enterprise Application Development and Software Security
  • IST 6335 Mobile Technology for Business
  • IST 6336 Foundations of Internet Computing
  • IST 6641 Adv Electronic and Mobile Commerce

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Course Descriptions:

Course descriptions can be found in the catalog at

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 program:

 Business Administration (MBA)
Information Science  and Technology (MS)

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2017-18 school year(defined as the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018)

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