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This graduate certificate program is designed to provide students or professionals with an understanding of various computer and information security domains, including access control, network security, information security and risk management, security architecture and design, and secure software development. To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security, students must successfully complete 12 credits of course work. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better and a grade-point average of 3.0 to be awarded the certificate.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. The successful applicant will possess a degree in science or engineering or a closely aligned field and is generally expected to have a minimum combined junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.

List of Courses Included in the Certificate:
Required courses (12 credits)
INFSY 563: Network Security
CSE 543: Computer Security
IST 454: Computer and Cyber Forensics
SWENG 510: Secure Software Engineering

Penn State's schedule of courses lists course availability. Although the course numbers, times, and availability on the University registrar's schedule of courses is correct, their prerequisites differ. Access our course description page to learn about Penn State Great Valley course offerings and prerequisites.

Course Number

Course Title 

Required or Elective

Fa '15 Schedule Sp '16 Schedule

CSE 543 

Computer Security



INFSY 563 

Network Security Required  Fall '15

IST 454 

Computer and Cyber Forensics



SWENG 510 

Secure Software Engineering




Cyber Security Certificate Program Courses

Students enrolled in a graduate certificate in Cyber Security complete 12 credits. Courses are each 3 credits and may be applied to the Master of Software Engineering or the Master of Science in Information Science. Courses are offered in convenient seven-week sessions.

If you are a current certificate student and have completed all the coursework, please complete the Certificate Request Form and return it to enghelp@psu.edu.

To learn more about the graduate certificate in Cyber Security or for a personal appointment call 610-648-3243 or e-mail gvengin@psu.edu.

To apply:

  • If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT read the Graduate School requirements, please visit that website at http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/prospective-students/requirements/.
  • If you have read the Graduate School and program requirements and are ready to apply, you may proceed to the application at http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/apply/. Choose Certificate Admission. Select your certificate choice in the pull-down menu.
  • Upload to the online application:
    • A scanned copy of your official transcript (front and back) from ALL institutions attended. Documents must be in either PDF or TXT format.
      • Do not download transcripts from a university website. Advising or web reports will not be accepted.
      • If you have an electronic copy of your transcript, you cannot upload it directly, as the document will not appear in the application. You must print a copy of it, scan it, and then upload it to the application.
      • Penn State alumni do not need to provide transcripts.
    • A current résumé
    • Statement of intent or career objective
  • Submit non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card online or by check or money order payable to The Pennsylvania State University