Graduate Requirements


The graduate certificate is open to matriculated graduate students, as well as non-matriculated post-graduate non-degree students, as long as course prerequisites are completed (or waived) and a pre-application form is received. Note that UMass Amherst cannot issue a graduate certificate to students who do not have an undergraduate degree. However, with permission, these courses can be applied to the undergraduate certificate.

All courses are offered by the College of Information and Computer Sciences. The graduate-level certificate program consists of 15 credits across five classes:

  • Infosec 690C Computer Security (3 credits)
  • Infosec 690L Internet Law and Policy (3 credits)
  • Infosec 690R Information Risk Management (3 credits)
  • Infosec 690S Security Defense and Test (3 credits)
  • Infosec 690F Fraud Analysis (3 credits)

Graduates of the certificate program can transfer the credits to UMass Amherst (or other institutions) should they enroll in a campus program that accepts the transfer credits. The College of Information and Computer Science is currently developing a new Master’s in Information Security Management with these five courses serving as the base of the degree; once the degree is approved by the MA Board of Education, these courses would automatically transfer for students that are admitted to the new program. (The program is not yet approved.)

Registration is through the College of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE). The cost is $750 USD/credit.  The total approximate cost for the program is $11,250.  Additionally, the courses require purchase of certain textbooks. Students need access to a resourceful computer with a very good Internet connection. CPE charges a small fee per semester. Students that attend classes in person may have parking costs and other expenses. Costs per credit is scheduled to increase by Fall 2018.

This program was formerly called the Trust, Assurance, and Cybersecurity Certificate.