Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

Below are descriptions of graduate certificate programs with their required courses.

Acquisition Management (12 credits)

This certificate is designed to provide students with knowledge of the broad concepts and strategies of procurement and contract management, which contributes to the ability to make sound business decisions.  Major topics include the foundations of pricing and negotiations, basic aspects of contracting, procurement of services and products, software acquistions, and mergers and acquisitions.

Client-Server and Wireless Devices (12 credits)

This certificate provides students with a specialization in the hardware and software that drive local, Internet and wireless computing. Students learn the technical aspects of network and wireless devices and the standards and protocols of connectivity.

Component Technologies and Online Collaboration (12 credits)

This certificate provides students with an advanced understanding of the sophisticated technologies used to develop, integrate and deploy e-business solutions. Students learn aspects of programming tools for online applications, technologies and policies of multimedia products, and component integration for on-demand communications.

Digital Forensics and Incident Handling (12 credits)

This certificate prepares students to analyze computer systems and components such as hard drives, memory, networks and mobile devices. Students will also learn the art of the detecting Malware and effective incident handling to maintain the security of customer data. Students will also learn basic UNIX operating system commands and concepts, C programming as well as use state of the art Forensics tools.

Health Care Systems Security (12 credits)

This certificate prepares students to design, develop, operate and maintain the security of computer systems used in health care applications and the customer data.  Students will take a risk based approach to assessing the threat environment the system operates in and determine the appropriate measures to be taken to both maintain a secure system and data privacy. 

Information Assurance Administration (12 credits)

This certificate provides a thorough understanding of the general methodologies for security risk assessment and security test and evaluation, including the interviews and documentation research necessary. Incident handling and response is addressed, as well as intrusion detection and defense in depth. In addition, students learn how to reduce their risk of potential legal liability for computer security or information privacy failures. This certificate is restricted to MSIA degree seeking students or seasoned IA professionals.

Information Technology (12 credits)

This certificate provides students with a foundational knowledge of systems management with respect to telecommunications systems, as well as the computer systems that support managerial decision-making. Students learn principles of technology management and information systems.

Network Protection (12 credits)

This certificate provides a detailed understanding of methods computer hackers utilize to infiltrate web and application technologies, including wireless networks.  Emphasis is placed on how security professionals can anticipate and protect against attacks through internal and external vulnerability assessment. Students learn the anatomies of viruses and worms and study a range of defense mechanisms applicable to the daily challenges faced by today’s security professionals. In addition, students are trained to use the most popular hacking, cracking and wireless security network analysis tools in order to test and secure wireless networks.

Project Management (12 credits)

This certificate is built on core processes defined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).  The certificate consists of four core courses, which provide students the opportunity to learn the basic concepts and strategies of project management required to successfully manage projects in both government and private industry.

Secure Cloud Computing (12 credits)

This certificate prepares students to design, develop, operate and maintain the security of cloud architectures, customer data and the services offered to customers. Students will learn basic and advanced cyber defense strategies and techniques to secure customer systems and data and incident handling in case a breach is detected. Students will also learn basic UNIX operating system commands and concepts, C programming as well as use state of the art Forensics tools

Secure Mobile Technology (12 credits)

This certificate prepares students to design, develop, operate and maintain the security of mobile technologies, devices and services. Students will learn how to properly assess the security of and secure mobile devices as well as IEES 802.11 networks. Students will also be exposed to state of the art mobile forensics tools. Students will be prepared to address their organizations requirements for mobile device management.

Secure Software Development (12 credits)

This certificate prepares students to design, develop, operate and maintain secure software (i.e., software that performs only it’s intended functions without the presence of exploitable vulnerabilities). Topics covered by this certificate are programming, security design principles, and IT systems components and analytics. This course prepares students to deliver software that is both secure and efficient code.

Security Management (12 credits)

This certificate provides a broad understanding of network systems security as it applies to the overall enterprise mission, including how to secure mobile wireless computing devices and applications. Security terms, definitions, concepts, and issues that face government and industry are addressed. Overarching security disciplines, important for a more rounded understanding of security management, are explored. Additional emphasis is placed on cryptography, where students study public and private key algorithms and how they work with network protocols.

Those seeking to pursue a graduate certificate program must submit a graduate admissions application.

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