Graduate Certificate Programs

Information Assurance & Security Officer Essentials

Department of Computer Science
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Program Description:
Protecting information systems is key to protecting the nation's critical infrastructures. Only through diligence and a well-trained workforce will we be able to adequately defend the nation's vital information resources. Missouri S&T is certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) for National Standards 4011 (National Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals) and 4014E (Information Assurance Training Standard for Information Systems Security Officers (ISSO)). The NSA’s Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program implements a process to systematically assess the degree to which the courseware from commercial, government, and academic sources maps to the national standards set by CNSS.

The information assurance & security officer essentials graduate certificate program satisfies the 4011 and 4014 standards. Coordination of this certificate is through the graduate coordinators for computer science and computer engineering. The certificate will be awarded in the department of the student's choice (computer science or computer engineering).

A graduate-level student may receive a graduate certificate in information assurance & security officer essentials from one of the sponsoring departments at Missouri S&T by completing four three-credit courses from the following list:

  • Comp Sci 4700: Intellectual Property of Computer Scientists
  • Comp Sci 5601: Security Operations & Program Management
  • Comp Eng 5420: Introduction to Network Security
  • Comp Eng 6510/ Sys Eng 6322: Resilient Networks
  • Comp Sci 6605: Advanced Network Security

The graduate coordinator and chair of the department which will award the actual graduate certificate (and to which the student is admitted) may substitute courses if adequate reasons are submitted, in accordance with normal course substitution guidelines.

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Comp Sci 4700: Intellectual Property for Computer Scientists
A presentation of the relationship between the law of intellectual property and computer science. Topics include the application of copyright principles to computer programs, protection of computer programs through patents and trade secret law, and the effect of various agreements which are frequently encountered by the computer scientist.

Comp Sci 5601: Security Operations & Program Management
An overview of information security operations, access control, risk management, systems and application life cycle management, physical security, business continuity planning, telecommunications security, disaster recovery, software piracy, investigations, ethics and more. There will be extensive reporting, planning and policy writing. Prerequisite: Writing emphasized course AND Operating System course AND Computer Networking course.

Comp Eng 5420: Introduction to Network Security
This course examines basic issues in network management, testing, and security; it also discusses key encryption, key management, authentication, intrusion detection, malicious attack, and insider threats. Security of electronic mail and electronic commerce systems is also presented. Prerequisite: Comp Eng 5410 or Comp Sci 4601.

Comp Eng 6510 / Sys Eng 6322: Resilient Networks
This course presents reliability and fault tolerance for network-centric systems, including models, metrics, and analysis techniques. This course also concentrates on security, including technical tools and methods for audit and assessment as well as management and policy issues. Prerequisite: Sys Eng/Comp Eng 6410 or Comp Eng 5420. (Co-listed with Sys Eng 6322).

Comp Sci 6605: Advanced Network Security
Covers topics including: network security issues, such as authentication, anonymity, traceback, denial of service, confidentiality, forensics, etc., in wired and wireless networks. Students will have a clear, in-depth understanding of state-of-the-art network security attacks and defenses. Prerequisite: A "C" or better grade in either Comp Eng 5420 or Comp Sci 4600.

All courses are taught both on campus and as distance courses.

The following pre-requisite courses are specifically required as part of the CNSS certification but are not part of the certificate.

Comp Sci 3800: Introduction to Operating Systems
This course teaches the concepts, structure, and mechanisms of Operating Systems. Topics include process management, con currency, synchronization, deadlock, multithreading, memory management, scheduling, and internet working. Special emphasis is given to UNIX and its modern-day derivatives.

Comp Sci 4600: Computer Communications and Networks
Network architecture model including physical protocols for data transmission and error detection/correction, data link concepts, LAN protocols, internet working, reliable end to end service, security, and application services. Students will implement course concepts on an actual computer network.

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the department may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The administrative coordinators must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.

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Admissions Requirements: Systems Engineering, Computer Science Departments

The only entrance requirement for students entering a graduate certificate program is that they satisfy the prerequisites for any course they take in the program.

Admissions Requirements: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

  • BS degree in any field of engineering
  • A minimum of 24 months of post B.S professional work experience
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the B.S degree
  • Average GPA of 3.0 or better (a grade of B or better) in the CT courses
  • 3 years to complete the CT
  • Employed while taking CT courses

Once admitted to the program, the student must take four designated courses as given above. In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have an average graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses taken. Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status; however, if they complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will be admitted to the MS program in electrical or computer engineering if they apply. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the MS program will count towards their master's degrees. Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the courses in the certificate program will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses. Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program so long as he/she maintains a B average in the courses taken.

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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2014-15 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015)

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Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Computer Engineering (MS)
Computer Science (MS)
Electrical Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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All courses are offered through distance education in a short condensed format, typically 5-8 weeks in length, over the internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

Course Management Software: Blackboard.

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