University of Massachusetts Information Security Graduate Certificate

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 offers comprehensive training in information technology security, policy, and risk management. The program's 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, policy, and risk management. It is an academic sequence of five courses that altogether comprise an official certificate from UMass Amherst.

A four-course 15-credit undergraduate certificate in Information Security is also available to students with an Associate's Degree or work experience.

You do not need to be enrolled in our certificate program to take our courses. Non-matriculate students and students enrolled in other majors are welcome.


The Details

Who
can apply?

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) the UMass Amherst to participate. It is also open to matriculated students. Graduates of the Information Security Certificate program can transfer credits to UMass Amherst (or other institutions) should they enroll after acceptance to the campus.

Where
is the instruction?

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. 

Are there any
prerequisites?

Students seeking the graduate certificate must complete a pre-application.

Generally, the course order is flexible.  

When
are the classes held?

We do our best to schedule classes so that all 15 credits can be taken within 12 months.  Currently, all our classes have one-semester's worth of content but run for 8 week long at an accelerated pace.  We offer classes all year, including summer.