Graduate Certificate in Computer Security and Information Assurance

The graduate certificate in computer security and information assurance provides a strong technical education in the security of computer systems and networks, as well as training in related policy issues. The program emphasizes concepts in computer security, augmented with current industry standard techniques and challenges. It provides an alternative to the full master of science degree program for practicing computer scientists and other information technology personnel who wish to extend their education beyond the bachelor of science level, and to those who wish to acquire up-to-date knowledge in the burgeoning field of computer and network security.

Applicants are expected to have a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field. Applicants not adequately prepared in the basic physical sciences and in mathematics (one year each of university laboratory science and of math beyond pre-calculus) and those who have not taken a course in computer programming using a structured language, as well as CSCI 1112 Algorithms and Data StructuresCSCI 1311 Discrete Structures I, and  CSCI 2461 Computer Architecture I, or their equivalents may be required to take additional proficiency courses before taking courses toward the completion of the certificate. 

The George Washington University has been recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Education-Research  by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Students who are currently enrolled in the master of science in the field of computer science or master of science in the field of cybersecurity in computer science must apply for, and accept admission to, the certificate program prior to enrolling in their first graduate certificate in computer security and information assurance course. 

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the program website for additional program information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits, including 6 credits in required courses and 6 credits in elective courses chosen from the list below. 

CSCI 6531Computer Security
CSCI 6541Network Security
Two of the following:
CSCI 6331Cryptography
CSCI 6532Information Policy
CSCI 6542Computer Network Defense
CSCI 6547Wireless and Mobile Security
CSCI 6548E-Commerce Security
CSCI 8331Advanced Cryptography
CSCI 8531Advanced Topics in Security