Information Security

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Credits required: 15 or 30

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Tuition: $635.95 per credit
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Get ready for the next step in your IT career in the growing information security field

Information technology professionals need to improve their information security skills and knowledge. Whether an IT worker wants to move into the infosec field or not, he or she becomes a valuable asset to an organization with cybersecurity training. This graduate certificate will enable any IT graduate with a bachelor’s degree to specialize in either information security management or secure software and engineering.

This increased demand inspired WMU to offer a management and engineering track in the information security graduate certificate program. Whether you're a graduate student or industry professional, this certificate will give you marketable experience, prepare you for the SANS GIAC, CISSP, CISA, ITIL tests and provide the credentials to help you pursue these expanding career opportunities.

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The online flexibility you want for the move you have been waiting

If you have an IT background, this 15-credit graduate certificate or 30-credit graduate degree in information security is for you

WMU’s information security graduate certificate is 100% online and offers two 10-month tracks: secure software and engineering or information security management.

The Information Security, M.S can be completed in under two years in the same 100% online format by combining the two tracks.

All students will take two core foundational courses. Each course is 7.5 weeks long and taught by WMU faculty from Haworth College of Business and College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Mandatory foundational core courses (6 credits):

  • CIS 5710 Information Security Fundamentals
  • CS 5710 Network Security Fundamentals

For the Graduate Certificate, pick one of the two tracks below:

Information security management track (9 credits)

  • CIS 6710 Information Assurance and Security
  • CIS 6720 IT Governance and IT Service Management
  • CIS 6730 Cyberwarfare, Cybercrime, and Digital Forensics

Secure software and engineering track (9 credits)

  • CS 5730 Secure System Administration
  • CS 5740 Web Application Security
  • CS 5750 Secure Software Development

To complete the graduate degree program select at least five of the six above courses, plus two or three of the electives below:

  • CIS 6300 Business Data Management
  • CIS 6620 Business Project Management
  • CIS 6660 Enterprise Information Security Management
  • CS 6730 Installation Hardening
  • CS 6740 Wireless Ethical Hacking
  • CS 6750 Networking Penetration Testing

Education that matters; to society, your company and yourself

If you're already a professional in the information technology field, a certificate in information security can give you the career acceleration you have been looking for without having to commit to a full-time graduate program and from the comfort of your own computer.

If you are looking to take the next step from your help-desk career or gain a unique credential, this growing field is looking for professionals who can come in with the needed experience and education without a long learning-curve.

Learn how to protect your most valued asset, your future

This is a global field. Graduates will be prepared to sit for a number of qualification credentials in information technology that jobs around the world are looking for on a daily basis. The two tracks make it flexible to find which path is right for you and specialize in a program that could not only get you this credential but because it is from WMU, you may be able to use these classes as a specialization for a graduate degree, like an MBA.

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer " the best bang for the buck ." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.