Cyber Security Certificate Program

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

Effective Semester
Spring 2014

Course Number

Course Title 

Required or Elective

Schedule Schedule

INFSY 563 

Network Security


Spring 2014 (GV & PNY)


CSE 543 

Computer Security



IST 454 

Computer and Cyber Forensics


N/A Summer 2014 (PNY)

SWENG 510 

Secure Software Engineering



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 610-725-5339 or e-mail

To apply:

  • If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT read the Graduate School requirements, please visit that website at
  • If you have read the Graduate School and program requirements and are ready to apply, you may proceed to the application at Choose Certificate Admission. Select your certificate choice in the pull-down menu.
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  • Submit non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card online or by check or money order payable to The Pennsylvania State University (more information)
  • Submit two official transcripts from undergraduate institution (more information).  Transcripts should be sent directly from each college or university you have attended to the Penn State Great Valley Admissions Office, Attention: JoAnn Kelly, 30 E. Swedesford Rd, Malvern, PA 19355. Your admission will be reviewed after your application portfolio is complete. For admissions questions, contact Pat Misselwitz at or 610-648-3242.