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This graduate certificate program is intended for students interested in science and methods for ensuring secrecy, integrity, availability, and legitimate use of information systems. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of the graduate programs in the Volgenau School.

The graduate certificate may only be pursued on a part-time basis.


Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and have earned a GPA of 3.00 or higher in the last 60 credits. In addition, applicants must complete a self-assessment form, which can be obtained from the Computer Science Department. This form provides summary information concerning background and preparation for the program.

Applicants must possess knowledge equivalent to that provided by the following courses:

INFS 501Discrete and Logical Structures for Information Systems3
SWE 510Object-Oriented Programming in Java3
INFS 515Computer Organization Course and Operating Systems3
INFS 519Program Design and Data Structures3

Students must also possess the equivalent knowledge of CS 555 Computer Communications and Networking and CS 571 Operating Systems, or the prerequisite courses required for the selected electives. Students not enrolled in a graduate degree program at Mason should apply for the certificate program through the Office of Graduate Admission. Students already enrolled in a Mason graduate degree program should apply to the department for admission into the certificate program. Admission into the certificate program does not guarantee acceptance into any MS program.

Banner Code: VS-CERG-ISA

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 12

This certificate may be pursued on a part-time basis only.

Students must complete four courses with an average grade of B or better for a total of 12 credits of graduate study.

Required Courses

ISA 562Information Security Theory and Practice3
ISA 656Network Security3
Total Credits6

Additional Courses

Select two courses from the following:6
Security Laboratory
Total Credits6