Graduate Certificate in Information Security


Developing a strong information security program in today’s world is crucial and challenging for most organizations. In general, information security means protecting information from unauthorized access, disclosure, or destruction. Information security is essential because most organizations, including government agencies, hospitals, insurance companies, and private businesses, store various kinds of information about their employees and customers. If any business-related information is confidential, the security of that data becomes crucial. For example, if critical business data (e.g., credit card numbers, or design documents) is leaked to competitors or hackers, it could lead to loss of business, lawsuits, and even bankruptcy. Organizations also need to be able to comply by standards and laws, such as HIPPA, PCI and GLBA which help protect confidential and privacy of customer data.

This Information Security certificate program will touch upon various aspects of information security, including IT security policies and system security. Students may also learn about digital forensics to help in investigating a security breach, or obtain a good understanding of how information is stored in a database and what services are available to protect it. On completing the graduate certificate, the students will have sufficient skills in developing and implementing IT security in their organizations.


  • Four courses/16 credits
  • Requirements can be fully completed part time on campus, online or, in the blended format. Requirements can be completed on campus on a full time basis in the Fall or Spring semesters. Contact the Department for further details at
  • A minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate program is a C (2.0) but an average grade of B (3.0) must be maintained to be in good academic standing and to be eligible for certificate completion.

Certificate Requirements

(choose four courses/16 credits)

Classes are available On Campus (OC), Online (OL) and in the Blended (EL) format, unless otherwise noted.

A minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate program is a C (2.0) but an average grade of B (3.0) must be maintained to be in good academic standing and to earn the certificate.

Program Prerequisites

Applicants must have an earned Bachelor’s degree, in any field of study, from a regionally accredited college/university (or the international equivalent) prior to enrollment at MET. Applicants are not required to have a degree in Computer Science for entry to a program within our Computer Science department. Upon review of your application, the department will determine if the completion of prerequisite coursework will be required, based on your academic and professional background.

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Related Graduate Degree Programs

Students who are fully accepted into this graduate certificate program and complete all of the required courses with a grade of ‘B’ or better are eligible for full or conditional admission (depending on previous academic background) to the following master degree programs, without reapplication: