School of Information Sciences - Information Science & Technology Program

Certificate of Advanced Study

The immersive Certificate of Advanced Study in Security Assured Information Systems is a 15-credit certificate program designed for professionals looking to expand their skills and qualifications in the security field. Our program was ranked seventh out of more than 400 institutions in a survey of IT security professionals.

The five course curriculum ensures students will gain a solid understanding of the foundations of security (three core courses) while two elective courses offer flexibility and the ability to finish the program in one year.

Two core courses, Information Security and Privacy and Cryptography, are available both online or on-campus beginning in Spring 2015.

We have been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research (CAE IA/CD) for academic years 2014-2021 in addition to our uninterrupted status as as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) since 2003 and in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) since 2008 jointly by the NSA and DHS.

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  • Shabana Reza
    Recruitment & Admissions
  • Phone: 412-624-3988
    Fax: 412-624-5231
    E-mail: [email protected]

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