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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

Schedule Schedule

CSE 543 

Computer Security


INFSY 563   
Network Security
Required  N/A  N/A

IST 454 

Computer and Cyber Forensics


Spring 2015 (GV) N/A

SWENG 510 

Secure Software Engineering


Spring 2015

(GV & PNY)


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.

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: