Grad Cert in Information Security

The UMass Amherst Graduate-level Certificate in Information Security Certificate is offered by the College of Information & Computer Science. The program is open to the public and aim is to help students build the sought-after skills and knowledge needed to distinguish themselves in a highly competitive field by offering comprehensive training in information technology security and policy. It is an academic sequence of five courses that altogether comprise an official certificate from UMass Amherst.

The graduate certificate is open to matriculated graduate students and post-graduate non-degree students, as long as they have the prerequisites for the courses and submit the required pre-application. Students do not need to matriculate (or be enrolled at) UMass Amherst to participate. Graduates of the Information Security Certificate program can transfer credits to UMass Amherst (or other institutions) should they enroll after acceptance to the campus.  An official undergraduate transcript and employment/educational history (CV) is required. 

The program's instruction varies per class.  All classes are available to remote students or as online only classes.  Students may also attend classes in person in Springfield, depending on the course. 

The graduate certificate consists of 15 credits across five classes: 

Four Core Courses:
COMPSCI 597N     Introduction to Computer and Network Security (3 credits)
INFOSEC 690L       Internet Law & Policy (3 credits)
COMPSCI 590A      System Defense and Test (3 credits)
COMPSCI 660        Advanced Information Assurance  (3 credits)

Two Electives:
COMPSCI 590F      Advanced Digital Forensics (3 credits)
COMPSCI 661        Secured Distributed Systems (3 credits)

Alternatively, one of the following Isenberg courses can be accepted as an elective with prior approval:
SCH MGMT 650     Business Data Analysis (3 credits)
SCH MGMT 602     Business Intelligence & Analytics (3 credits)
SCH MGMT 632     IT Strategy (3 credits)

These courses are also accepted toward the certificate:

INFOSEC 690R       Information Risk Management (3 credits)
INFOSEC 690F       Fraud Detention (3 credits)

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We do our best to schedule classes so that all 15 credits can be taken within 12 months.  Classes may either run for eight weeks at an accelerated pace or for a full semester.  We offer classes all year, including summer.  

Once a student completes all courses successfully, the certificate is awarded. There are no additional requirements or qualifying examinations for it.  

Registration is through the College of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE). The cost is 750 USD/credit.  Fifteen credits are required for the certificate.  The total cost for the program is 11,250 USD. Additionally, the courses require purchase of certain textbooks. CPE charges a small fee per semester as well. 

The graduate certificate program is open to matriculated students and post-graduate non-degree students, as long as they have the prerequisites for the courses.  The undergraduate certificate program is open to students with Associate's degrees or professionals with significant work experience.   Students may choose to take any classes individually as a part of UMass Amherst's Continuing & Professional Education. The Certificate -- accredited by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Faculty Senate -- is awarded by the College of Information and Computer Sciences upon successful completion of all courses in the curriculum. 

Students who qualify for admission to the University of Massachusetts Amherst may matriculate and apply these courses to a degree program; we do not currently offer an MS in Information Technology. A limited number of our Infosec classes may be applied to the Computer Science MS degree (separate admission required first) and possibly to other degrees on campus. Classes at the 500-level and above can be taken by undergraduates and graduate students alike; however, the graduate-level Information Security Certificate can be awarded to only persons with a bachelor's degree recognized by UMass Amherst. Students without an undergraduate degree can still take the graduate-level classes, but can, with prior approval from us, apply them to only the undergraduate-level certificate.

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Out of State Online Students

UMASS AMHERST ACCEPTS STUDENTS FROM ALL 50 STATES INTO ONLINE PROGRAMS AND CLASSES. Some restrictions may apply to programs related to professional licensures (e.g., nursing, education). For details, check the program's website.  Learn More.