Graduate Certificate 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:

Four Core Courses:
COMPSCI 597N     Introduction to Computer and Network Security (3 credits)
INFOSEC 690L       Internet Law & Policy 3 credits)
COMPSCI 590A      System Defense and Test (3 credits)
COMPSCI 660        Advanced Information Assurance (3 credits)

Two Electives:
COMPSCI 590F      Advanced Digital Forensics (3 credits)
COMPSCI 661        Secured Distributed Systems (3 credits)

Alternatively, one of these Isenberg courses can be accepted as an elective with prior approval:
SCH MGMT 650          Business Data Analysis  (3 credits)
SCH MGMT 602          Business Intelligence & Analytics  (3 credits)
SCH MGMT 632          IT Strategy  (3 credits) 

These courses are also accepted toward the certificate:
INFOSEC 690R            Information Risk Management (3 credits)
INFOSEC 690F            Fraud Detections (3 credits)

A minimum GPA of 3.0 and no grade below C are required for certificate completion.

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. 

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.