Cyber Security Graduate Certificate

Cyber Security Graduate Certificate

The Cyber Security 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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (post-secondary) 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 GPA of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.

Current Penn State Great Valley graduate students in all programs are also welcome to apply and enroll in this certificate.

Certificate Requirements

To be awarded the graduate certificate, students must successfully complete 12 credits of course work. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better and an overall GPA of 3.0.


Cyber Security Certificate Courses
Course Required or Elective Current Offering Future Offering
CSE 543 Computer Security Required    
INFSY 563 Network Security Required    
IST 454 Computer and Cyber Forensics Required SU I  
SWENG 510 Secure Software Engineering Required    

Penn State's schedule of courses lists course availability. Although the course numbers, times, and availability on the University registrar's schedule of courses are correct, their prerequisites differ. These refer to University Park courses, not Great Valley courses.

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. 

Download: Cyber Security Certificate Advising Worksheet

If you are a current certificate student and have completed all the coursework, please submit the Graduate Certificate Completion Form.