Information and Network Security

This 15-credit graduate certificate in Information and Network Security is designed to address the needs of professionals who hold a baccalaureate or master’s degree in Information Science or a related field in order to expand their professional skills and qualifications in cybersecurity.

The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information is widely recognized for our excellence in cybersecurity research and education. The School has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) since 2004 and enjoys a top ten ranking among more than 400 institutions of higher education with programs in Cybersecurity.

Required Core Courses

Students must complete the two following courses with a grade of B- or better:

INFSCI 2150 - Information Security and Privacy
TELCOM 2821 - Network Security

Elective Courses

Students must complete three elective courses with a grade of C or better. A list of recommended elective courses is provided below. With advisor approval, students may choose an alternate elective.

INFSCI 2170 / TELCOM 2820 - Cryptography
INFSCI 2560 - Network and Web Data Technologies
INFSCI 2620 - Developing Secure Systems
INFSCI 2621 / TELCOM 2813 - Security Management and Computer Forensics
TELCOM 2120 - Network Performance
TELCOM 2700 - Introduction to Wireless Networks

Other Requirements

Students in the graduate certificate in Information and Network Security program must:

  • Complete the two core courses with a grade of B- or better
  • Complete three of the elective courses with a grade of C or better

Coursework must be completed within a period of four calendar years from the student’s initial registration in the graduate certificate program.